Six stories up, in a room with nutty brown décor and funky orange accents, a quirky bald man offers some delightfully unique desserts.
The bald man himself.
Max Brenner is located inside Sydney’s expansive Westfield shopping centre and takes a bit of an escalator journey to reach. It’s a weekday at 10:30am and it’s quiet with a chilled and relaxing atmosphere.
This place has a warm and inviting feel.
Max Brenner does a delicious cappuccino, made sweeter with the generous drizzle of chocolate covering the creamy foam ($3.90), and this is usually my go-to when visiting. However, having just consumed a latte from another shop, an Earl Grey tea ($4.20) and the banana cream crêpe ($17.00) are the pick of the day.
There can never be enough chocolate.
The order arrives, the teapot is well worn but the tea is piping hot and the steam fragrant. The first few mouthfuls of the crêpe are luscious; it is a heavenly layering of tender crêpe, sliced banana, chilled whipped cream and warm chocolate sauce, followed by a generous spoonful of vanilla ice cream.
A few of the dessert items on offer.
There is no lady-like way to eat this and before long, the crêpe is a soggy mess. With no textural or flavour reprieve from all the sweetness I have well and truly hit my sugar limit. There is definitely a feeling of guilt for having demolished so much sugar in one sitting - this crêpe might be a good one to share.
Opt for strawberries rather than bananas if you prefer a bit of tartness to offset all the sweetness.
Max Brenner would be a perfect place for a whimsical date, a catch up coffee with friends or a special treat while out in the city.
They do not scrimp on the chocolate here.
Where: Level 6, Westfield Sydney, Pitt Street, 2000.
Cost: $3.50 - $19.90.
When: Monday - Thursday 9am - 10:30pm. Friday - Saturday 9am - Midnight. Sunday 10am - 10pm.
Good for kids: Yes, roomy enough for prams and there are some items on the menu specifically marked "kids" for the little ones.
Take away: Yes, but sit in and enjoy the music and eye candy (the chocolates).