Blue Mountains Chocolate Company is located in the picturesque Blue Mountains (in Katoomba) about forty minutes outside of Sydney, Australia. The mountains are beautiful and attract tourists from all over the world to see The Giant Staircase and the Three Sisters. Of course, after hiking around through the mountains, one MUST eat!
There are numerous places to dine in the Blue Mountain area, but one that came highly recommended time and again was the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company. I DID somewhere else for lunch--Pomegranate Cafe--but the Chocolate Company was definitely on the agenda.
It's housed in a very unassuming, smallish building, and it really doesn't look like a restaurant from the outside. On the inside, though, it's a warm and inviting atmosphere. Lots of windows let in the sunshine, small, cafe style tables are scattered throughout the interior, and on one side of the restaurant there's a large area sectioned off for the chocolatiers to do their magic!
The Chocolate Company sells everything from handmade chocolate and ice cream to chocolate novelties and books. Ice creams are also a nice option as they offer traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla but there are also flavors such as toblerone and hazelnut available. And of course they sell pastries!
I've sampled the hazelnut ice cream, the chocolate brulee tart, and a chocolate torte.
The ice cream was rich and creamy. It went well with the chocolate torte which was incredibly rich and dense. Neither of these were particularly thrilling though. The torte was just too dense and it was a struggle to finish it. Though I love dark chocolate, I think it was a little too heavy handed in this recipe, and the sharp bite of it could barely be tempered by the drizzle of sweet raspberry puree on the plate. I'm certain that I've had desserts of equal quality at many other restaurants, which is saying something, since this place supposedly specializes in desserts.
The creme brulee tart was mind blowing, however. It wish I had the recipe because it looked deceptively simple, but I'm certain the recipe is complex. The pie crust was incredibly light and flaky. It had a buttery taste that worked well with the rich chocolate mousse that topped it. The mousse was sweet, but not so sweet that I couldn't taste the top layer of white "frosting" (I wish I knew what it was!). It was such a lovely dessert that I was tempted to buy another slice.
To me, the prices were a little high for the quality of the desserts. I spent a long time searching for it simply because so many people had recommended it, but of the three desserts that I sampled the creme brulee torte was the only one that lived up to the praise. It was a sweet little shop though, and with a setting like the Blue Mountains, I'm sure few people would complain. It's definitely worth a trip if you're anywhere in the area of Sydney, especially if you're combining it with a trip to see the actual Blue Mountains!
It's great that The Chocolate Company make their chocolate on site, though, which means its fresh, but what's even better is that they offer chocolate making classes with one of the chocolatiers AND free tastings of their milk, dark and white chocolates, so that you can give them a go before buying.