Restaurant review: Steven Ter Horst Chocolatier, Adelaide

Restaurant review: Steven Ter Horst Chocolatier, Adelaide

Steven ter Horst Chocolatier
08 8373 1330
221d Unley Rd Malvern
Malvern, SA 5061

Oh Adelaide. I’m not even that big a sweets lover, but your love for dessert cafe woos my heart so. I was bemoaning the fact that Melbourne really should have little dainty dessert cafes such as this when a friend said to me in no uncertain terms that I needed to stop being greedy and that Adelaide had little enough good food, did I really have to steal the dessert cafes for good-food-aplenty-Melbourne?

Fair. I will admit that was a fair call, so I shut up and allowed myself to resign to the fact that I’ll be flying back to Adelaide in future years (should I ever leave it) for the dessert cafes. Which isn’t a bad idea, really, if you think about it.

Steven Ter Horst would be one of those dessert cafes that I would list as worth flying back for. Housed in Unley, this little chocolatier is cozy and rather unassuming. At least, the front is. That thought is quickly thrown out of the window when you take a peek through their glass fridges and suddenly you are drooling over the delicate looking chocolates and all thoughts of Koko Black goes straight out the window.

I love the neat lines, the use of space, the decor was minimalist and done oh-so-well. There’s tables for folks to cuddle a mug of hot chocolate over though not too many. The variety in terms of other types of desserts is somewhat limited but all of them look equally as scrumptious as the next so I was left despairing over which one to order.

They also sell tea. Just thought I’d put it out there. But you are in a chocolatier. Why would you drink tea? At least, that would be the way I think. What do you mean that’s not the way everybody thinks? Pishposh.

Back to my issue of what to get: I finally settled with this beautiful lemon dessert to curb the lemon tart craving. I’m calling it a lemon dessert because I have no idea anymore what it was called. Notes, what are they? What do you mean I can write in them.

Here’s an inside shot. I may not be able to tell you exactly what it is, but I can tell you it was really, really, good. Full of lemony goodness with some really rich and in-your-face chocolate power in the middle. Plus check out that insane shininess on the outside!

I really should blog more often, I feel like I’m losing my touch at describing food. Becoming more grateful and less picky, more appreciative and less food bloggy. But while I’m still trying to find my magic touch once more, you just have to believe me that Steven Ter Horst is worth a visit, and you best get your butt over there. If you aren’t from Adelaide, maybe you should look at some hotel deals, it’s worth the trip!

I didn’t order all of these, don’t worry. My friends did though, and I was allowed to ‘taste test’. Mmmm, yummy all the way through. Though this cake was not as rich and as yummy as it could have been. And remember, don’t breathe just as you are chowing down onto the cake. Inhale all that chocolate powder and die from hacking up your lungs.

And to top it all off, my standard Hot chocolate. Not as rich as Koko black, not as watery as Max Brenner’s. It sits nicely in the middle and I must say I was in love with its foamy goodness and its velvety good taste.

For the takeaway lovers – see how cute the takeaway box is! Now you never have to fumble with the lid to get it open to remember which box had which dessert. And you get the added bonus of being able to look at it and drool.

Steven Ter Horst – visit it. You won’t regret it.

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  1. Oh wow.. that does look amazing.. reminds me a big of the dessert cafe’s in Asia.. sigh.. why are we so boring here in Melbs? :P
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  2. :(
    This reminded me of my weekend. I planned to go here. I was so excited! Then I became sick..and sitll am sick:( One day. I’ve wanted to go for so long!
    I like the hot chocolate; the brown of the hot chocolate, the white of the inside of the cup and the brown outside of the cup. It’s simple but so pretty:) Oh and I of course like the look of the cakes:)
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  3. Elizabeth says:

    The lemon dessert is called the Lemon Lust, if you were still wondering :)

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