Nearby providers of hot chocolate like Monsieur Truffe and the Gertrude St Enoteca need to be worried. The new chocolatier Shocolate has opened on Johnston St and I had possibly the best hot chocolate of my life there. Spiced with star anise and other things too secret to mention, it was thick, rich and creamy but also light, fluffy and perfectly delicious. Shocolate has chocolates, cakes and biscuits to eat at once or buy to take away. Everything is hand made on site by a French chocolatier trained in the mystical arts of chocolate making.
On my first visit I was fortunate to meet the owner, Nick, and to learn about some of the business, including a quick peek at the chocolate preparation area. There was lots of immaculate stainless steel and machines whirring and stirring. I felt faint and wondered when Johnny Depp was going to appear.
The staff were all very friendly and seemed delighted to be there. They had only been open a few days when I visited last week and already all the courtyard tables were full of people enjoying the Shocolate experience and the spring sunshine.