A Dessert BAR?? You have to be kidding, right. No! No! That is EXACTLY what it is and amazingly it works 100%.
We went there to meet another family we hadn't met in years. They had to "bribe" their kids to come - by promising them to this dessert treat.
Of course the Hunter is a great place for grown-ups but generally speaking the kids get as bored as teenagers at a croquet match watching their parents sup wine while making clever somelier comments as they quaff. So something for the kids is a great idea. Except that in the main this place is far more sophisticated than a kids' pandering emporium. This is chocolateering to a very high degree - and I've been in the chocolate business.
Just look at their website and you'll see what I mean. I can't possibly give you the full range of their delicious (largely Portuguese) specialities but they not only contain lovely ingredients they look absolutely stunning. Little (and some not so little) joys to behold.
The grown-up desserts come with pairing options of some of the best dessert wines and ports in the Hunter. I paired my choc ice creams with a Muscat to die for - liquid muscat sultanas. Mmmm!
And OF COURSE they have treats for the kids as well - from Belgian choc waffles to a "Kids Choc. Dipping Plate with a dish of Poco loco, Marshmellows, Snakes, Jelly Beans, Honey Comb & Sabor's Choc Pod (a sticky bowl of the dark deliciousest liquid chocolate outside Willy Wonker's factory). Double wow.
P.S. they do do some savouries - like croissants and cheese plates if you a total dessert bore.
P.P.S. the place is obviously getting a reputation. While we were there a couple flew in by helicopter . The heli-chauffeur picked them up an hour later. I'm sure that impressed the lady more than any stretched limo!!
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