Dining Out: Lindt Cafe, Chadstone Shopping Centre

by April@MyFoodTrail on August 28, 2009

in Cafe, Chadstone, Dining Out

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you would have no doubt seen me have a sneak peek into the Lindt Cafe in Melbourne City, but not actually get to try anything and get told off for not being allowed to take photos!

When hubby asked where I wanted to go to do our regular weekly grocery shop, I quickly said Chadstone, but didn’t reveal my ulterior motive until we got there and I dragged him to Chadstone’s newly opened Lindt Cafe!

Hubby is not one for sitting around chatting at a cafe, drinking coffee. Though standing around drinking beer at a pub is another thing! Despite this, he quite happily sat opposite me while I was oohing and ahhing over all the tempting desserts on offer and snapping away at everything I could get my camera lens on!

The Lindt Cafe is on the bottom floor of Chadstone, in the section of shops that were previously closed off. It has an open shop front and extra seating on the side. It follows the same theme as the city store, but of course it can’t have the same grand, high ceilings.

There was the cake display section, a chocolates section, an icecream section and of course the delice (macarons) section. I was pleased to see they had a lot of stock so I would be able to buy some to takeaway.

There were also these huge vases filled with the flavoured Lindor balls. They looked so pretty with all the different colours. You could buy them individually for $1.10 each and there were flavours like milk, dark, extra dark, white, raspberry, peanut butter and hazelnut.

It was really so hard to make a choice as to what to order, but I finally settled on a slice of the Velour cake (chocolate cheesecake) and a hazelnut hot chocolate. The chocolate cheesecake was so heavenly! Just the right amount of chocolate and cheese mixed together. I think it was a baked cheesecake because it had a firm consistency. I enjoyed every last (small) bite. It was only about 10cm long – too small to be shared!

Velour – chocolate cheesecake $12

The hazelnut hot chocolate came in 3 parts, the empty cup, the milk jug and the melted hazelnut chocolate. I poured all the chocolate into the empty cup and had no-one been looking, I so would have licked the little jar clean! 🙂 I then proceeded to pour the milk into the chocolate and realised I did it the wrong way because I had milk leftover and the hot chocolate ended up being really sweet. The smart thing to do would have been to pour the chocolate into the milk jug and then pour it into the empty cup!

Hazelnut hot chocolate $6.50

The hazelnut hot chocolate was very nice and you could really taste the hazelnut flavour. The milk could have been hotter than its luke warm though. It seems a bit too extravagant and pricey to be having regularly but I would get it again.

I mentioned to the waitress that I wanted to get some delice (waitress pronounced it as der-lease) to takeaway, so she told me to bring my receipt to the counter to pay. I used that opportunity to take all the photos you see while the lady behind the counter was getting my delices and settling my bill!

At first the lady started putting my delices in a paper bag, but once she realised I was ordering more than a couple, she put it in a nice box. The delicate delices survived our grocery shopping and the trip home with only being slightly broken on one side (but it might have already been broken in store).

I got 6 different flavours to try – milk chocolate, champagne, pistachio, coconut, vanilla and hazelnut. They also had blackcurrant and strawberry available but I’m not a huge fan of fruity biscuits and I thought 6 was enough for this time!

Lindt Delice – $2 each

The macarons didn’t seem to be very well quality controlled as nearly every macaron I got had an uneven filling where one side was thicker than the other or the buttercream didn’t reach the edges. They were very nice though, with a crunchy outer shell, frilly feet and a gooey centre. A plus was that they weren’t too sickly sweet either.

In order from most favourite to least, my choice was milk chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, coconut, champagne and then pistachio. The milk chocolate was like a soft chocolate biscuit but better, so, so good. I also really liked the vanilla one and you could see the real vanilla bean specks. The hazelnut and coconuts ones were both also very good. I could slighty taste alcohol in the champagne one but there was no real flavour and the pistachio ones weren’t very nice. I struggled to taste any pistachio – it tasted a bit like cough medicine!

I would get the milk chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut ones again, or better yet, might have another go at making my own!

Overall: Lindt Cafe is a bit on the pricey side compared to other cafes, but everything was good and the cake and macarons were fresh. It would make a nice place for a catchup and for dessert once in a while when you’re feeling particularly naughty!

Would I return? Yes, you can’t keep a sweet tooth like me away!

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Iron Chef Shellie August 28, 2009 at 10:56 am

<3 this review! awesome pictures too! I see they have more delice flavours including BLACKCURRANT!! woot!

Hazelnut hot chocolate sounds like my kind of thing too, same about luke warm milk though :S The cake looks like heaven too!

I'm currently dancing around since we got free tickets for tomorrow though… i must look like a damn fool
!

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Anonymous August 28, 2009 at 11:38 am

Ashleigh – take me with u next time!!!!

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Conor @ HoldtheBeef August 28, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Hazelnut hot chocolate! Drool…

It all looks delicious, but I can see what you're saying about the macarons. Not quite as perfect as expected. Mind you, I could quite happily make a few non-perfect ones magically disappear right now.

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Cherry Blossom Cupcakes August 29, 2009 at 11:08 am

Gorgeous review! Thanks so much! I may have licked the screen when I got to those macarons (blush!)

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Rilsta August 31, 2009 at 11:22 am

Hi Iron Chef Shellie: Thanks! I see you have been back to try more of the delice flavours! If I get the hazelnut hot chocolate again, I'll ask them to make the milk hot!

Hi Ashleigh: Come back to Melbourne and I'll take you there!

Hi Conor: Hehe, they may not have been perfect looking but they did taste good! I just thought if they are expecting their customers to pay high prices, they should aim for perfection!

Hi Cherry Blossom Cupcakes: Thanks! LOL abt licking the screen! 🙂 I have done that in my time too!

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Agnes August 31, 2009 at 10:36 pm

It all looks good, but the prices scare me a bit. I'm willing to pay for good food, but I have my limits and $12 for a small piece of cake (or $15 for a waffle that I saw posted on a different blog) would certainly push it! Ouch! 🙂

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Rilsta September 2, 2009 at 10:46 am

Hi Agnes: I know what you mean! For $12 you could make a whole cake yourself! But I guess if we always thought like that, we would never eat out! A once in a while treat is ok!

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anastasiastarz April 25, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Went there today, delices are now $2.20. That or it's the + 20% surcharge on Sundays. They offer a six pack for $13. Sadly they didn't have vanilla today :(.

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April @ My Food Trail May 31, 2010 at 10:38 am

Hi anastasiastarz: Thanks for the update!

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cc428 September 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I'm reading this and eating a lindt delice at the same time! Makes the already delicious delice even more heavenly! I have never seen the black current one in Sydney, really want to try it!

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April @ My Food Trail September 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Hi cc428: I would have thought they'd have the same flavours in all Lindt cafes. Maybe it's a seasonal thing? Nevermind, you can try it if you come to Melbourne!

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