I was excited when I heard that a Lindt Café was going to be opening in Melbourne. I haven’t been to the Sydney one but I do love my Lindt chocolate. So much so that we had red Lindt balls as part of our wedding favours / bonbonnieres at our wedding! You can also read about my slight obsession over finding different flavoured Lindt Lindor balls here.
I haven’t seen much publicity about the opening of the Lindt café and I couldn’t even find a phone number for them. The café is located at 271 Collins Street in between Swanston & Elizabeth Streets, next to Tiffany & Co. They opened for business sometime in late July, so one lunchtime I went to peek inside.
The first thought when stepping inside is ‘wow’! The white ceilings of the café are magnificently grand and impressive. There is an open second level which looks like a library of some kind and there are beautiful gold decorative pendant lights hanging down from the high ceiling. It is obvious a lot of money was spent on fitting out the place.
When I visited (weekday lunch time), the café was full and there was a line of people waiting to be seated so I satisfied myself with looking at the cake and chocolate sections at the front. All varieties of Lindt chocolate blocks were for sale and the 100g blocks you see at the supermarkets were selling for $4.50 each.
Reading the little descriptions of each of the cakes in the display was making my mouth water but that soon stopped when I saw the prices. One small slice takeaway was $10 takeaway or $12 to eat in! Very overpriced in my opinion. Hot chocolates were a hefty $6.50 each.
There was also an icecream cabinet with about 6 different icecream flavours, $4.50 for 145g tub and $13 for a 500g tub. I liked the sound of the sable cookies & cream and would have gotten one, but they were all sold out. I went looking for was the Lindt delices (Lindt’s name for macarons) but there were none available. So I walked out empty handed. I find all items overpriced, but I know will be back, just to say I have tried it! I ended up going to Haigh’s instead for my chocolate fix!
I would have taken more photos of the café, but after the last one of the cake display, a waitress told me no photos were allowed of the store so I obliged and put my camera away. I don’t understand why restaurants / places have an aversion to people taking photos – what does my camera see that my eyes don’t?! Someone suggested I should have mentioned I was a food blogger and perhaps they would have allowed me to continue. I never tell anyone I am a food blogger.
So my question to you fellow food bloggers – do you ask before taking photos in restaurants and do you mention that you are a food blogger?
EDIT 28/08/09: I have been to the Chadstone one and had some tastings this time! You can read about it here.
Over & Out, Rilsta xx