Did you know that the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafes that are located throughout the tourist belt of Sydney serve more than their signature seashell chocolate? Well I didn't - I thought it was the kind of place that you went to for a coffee and a sweet chocolatey treat. But boy was I wrong - they have a delicious savoury menu as well as a decadent sweet treat menu, and you can even get a glass of plonk to enjoy with it all! There are 3 Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafes located in Sydney and to be honest I have never set foot in any of them, however after our visit to their cafe in The Rocks last weekend, I think I might just become a regular (if I can afford it)!
We were in The Rocks at a ridiculously early hour on Sunday morning, on a secret mission (you will find out more about that in 2016). Anyway our bellies started to rumble at around 8am, so we went in search of breakfast. We were just about to walk past the Guylian Chocolate Cafe on the corner of George & Argyle Sts when I decided to have a peek at the menu on the wall, and that's when I discovered all of their savoury delights. So we stepped inside and immediately we were greeted by a charming member of the staff who showed us to a table. There are 3 seating areas at the cafe - outside which is perfect for people watching and those of you who have prams; inside on the ground floor (another place which can be accessed with a pram); or upstairs which has a spacious dining area. There are a few high chairs located on the ground floor if you need one.
The interior of the cafe is decked out in chocolate - either pictures or boxes of them are everywhere - so if you are on a diet I don't think this is the cafe for you! If you sit downstairs like we did, it may be a wise idea to bring some little activity to occupy your kidlets, otherwise they may spend the whole time drooling their slobber over the chocolate cabinet whilst they wait for their food and drinks to arrive. At 8am in the morning we didn't wait very long at all for our meals, as there were only a few other diners in the cafe. However I am sure at peak times the wait may be longer. If you need to use the facilities they are upstairs, but there isn't a baby change table (however across the road on the ground floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art you will find a decent parents room).
At Guylian, the coffee is superb and when I noticed the $5.00 price tag for a regular ($6/large) I just thought it was probably a typical charge for a cafe coffee in the tourist mecca of The Rocks. However you receive a Guylian truffle on the side....so the hit will be more on your hips than on the hip pocket. If you are just in need of a coffee and sweet treat, there is a magnificent display of dessert style sweets in the front counter that cost $16.50. There is everything from chocolate mousse, to cheesecakes to dacquoise. There are some cheaper options such as macarons, brownies, eclairs, friands and individual chocolates to indulge in.
There isn't a specific menu for kidlets, but there are quite a few menu items suitable for them. For breakfast our lads had their favourite pain au chocolat and all pastries come with a decadent little pot of chocolate sauce ($6.50). And just a word of advice - make sure you have the baby wipes with you, as you will need quite a few to clean up the chocolatey mess that this dish creates ( and perhaps don't let them wear white either)! Some other menu items that will appeal to little tummies are the Seasonal Fruit Bowl, Warm Toast served with Jam & Butter or a Ham & Cheese Croissant. Kid size milkshakes are $9.00 (!!) and juices that come in large glasses are $5.00.
Now let me tell you about the savoury items. My current breakfast favourite - the Avo Smash ($17.50), is on the menu and they make a great version of it at the Guylian Chocolate Cafe. Perfectly ripe cherry tomatoes and shredded basil are mixed with Persian fetta, and sit prettily on top of the smashed avo on toast. The Three Egg Omelette ($17.50) is also another delicious item - it is full of spinach, gruyere & cheddar cheese, and I love that it came with a side of real butter - Pepe Saya of course. At lunch time you can choose between freshly made baguettes, salads, quiche, savoury waffles or a cheese platter. The menu ranges in price from about $6.50 - $20.50 and there is a pesky 10% surcharge on Sundays.
After your visit to the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe, you may need to burn off some of the chocolate you have just inhaled. So you can go for a wander around The markets which are next to the cafe (on weekends). If this is too much for kidlets and the other half, why not pop in to the Museum of Contemporary Art which is across the road - entry is free! Now there are parking stations close by, but I really do recommend you use public transport to get to the Guylian Cafe in The Rocks. If however you feel more comfortable having your car close by at all times, click here for the closest place to park.
Where's you favourite spot to eat as a family in The Rocks Little Munchers?
91 George St, The Rocks
02 8274 7500
Open 7 days from 8am - late