Max Brenner (Chain)

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Max Brenner is a Middle Eastern import that landed in Australia in 2002 as the first dedicated chocolate cafe. Others spotted how customers flocked for fondue and hot chocolate and now Melbourne is almost overrun with chocolate cafes (no complaints from me!).

Max Brenner uses Belgian couverture that is too sweet for my palette but still attracts rave reviews. They also sell a range of ganache chocolate that look very elegant.

Max Brenner, 4.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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Max Brenner has multiple branches. Select a shop from the list on the right for detailed information and detailed maps.

Posted By . Last Updated: October 26, 2010

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  1. zoe says:

    We were perplexed by Oz. These Max Brenner outlets were everywhere so there does seem to be a developing interest in chocolate there, but just no choice yet. The chocolate is not terrible, but nothing to get excited about as a spoiled European. I did manage to track down a small selection of proper chocolate, including some Michel Cluizel in the food hall of David Jones the department store. Naturally the prices were pretty steep!

  2. HoneyBee says:

    I’ve dined at Max Brenner three times, at Parramatta and Wynyard, and have not been impressed. The first time I ordered a Cookies and Creme frappe which was nice, but nothing spectacular. The next time I ordered a Mexican Chili hot chocolate, but found it surprisingly lacking in heat. My friend told me I should wait and it would slowly fire up, so I waited and kept sipping… wasn’t until I got halfway through the mug that I started to suspect they forgot to put the chili in! And sure enough when I got to the bottom there was no chili powder in it. So I paid for nothing more than a weakly-intense plain dark-ish hot chocolate. I was so disappointed.

    The next time I decided to give it one more go and thankfully I got the chili powder in my Mexican chili hot chocolate this time, but the level of heat and flavour was uninspiring, and I found the powder spoiled the texture of the drink. I prefer smooth hot chocolates that are thick and creamy rather than milky.

    Granted their desserts are pretty good and probably more worth the money than their beverages. I’ve had a Belgian waffle there, and yes, the chocolate is quite sweet, but they don’t put a lot of it on the waffle and I really enjoyed it. But when I go to a chocolate shop, I want to know that their chocolate-specific products are good too, and not just their desserts and pastries.

    I haven’t tried many of their chocolate selections so can’t comment. I’ve tasted a few in store and they were nice, but not mind-blowing.

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