On the eve of the Kiama Folk Festival I poke my head into My Chocolate Shoppe & Coffee Lounge on Kiama’s main drag just before closing. The owner says she’s making a cheesecake so there’s no rush. The first thing I notice is that there’s a lot more than just handmade Belgian chocolates here. Actually the two-page menu is chock-a-block full of sweet delights as well as some light savoury treats. On Friday and Saturday nights, the cafe transforms into a wine, coffee and dessert lounge, serving wines from the Illawarra/South Coast paired with Belgian chocolates. On the day menu, choose from date, plain and gluten-free scones. My plain scone arrives steaming, basically nuked to death, but despite this it tastes rather good, and you can tell it has been made with good quality ingredients. Imagine how it would taste fresh, and straight out of the oven! The sensational homemade raspberry jam is delightful, oozing with fruit, and jars of the stuff are available for purchase. Unfortunately the cream is super light, dissolving before my very eyes, and it’s a challenge just to get it from dish to scone. If you dare, take home some decadent chocolates and that jam!
Tea: A range of Tea Tonic loose-leaf teas served in a pot, with a heavy slant on herbal teas.
Overall: A comfy cafe filled with delectable sweet sensations.
Location: 13/106 Terralong St, Kiama NSW 2533 Ph: 02 4232 4225 mychocolateshoppe.com.au
Reviewed in September, 2016