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HOT – Max Brenner – Shop 1.1 and 1.2, Stanley St Plaza, Southbank

Ok, so Max Brenner and his wicked stores don’t need much by the way of introduction, so I’m just gonna tell it how it is. 

There’s always a queue, if not 10 or so deep it’s well out the door, particularly in the evenings. 

There’s a general lack of order and grace in the whole ordering process. 

The staff seem generally disgruntled and unhappy to be there, most likely due to the aforementioned points above.  And let’s not forget, it’s hideously expensive…

So under normal circumstances, these points would pretty much stand a venue in good stead for a whopping great big NOT, but, with Max Brenner (for me anyway) it’s not the case. 

MM and I must be the last people in Brisbane to try Max Brenner at Southbank – basically, we don’t have much (read:  any) patience for queues.  In a moment of weakness however on a recent date night at Southbank, we committed ourselves and dived in head and tummy first.

It’s safe to say we were over the queue and the screaming children after about 30 seconds, but we stuck it out.  Tormented by the Max Brenner menu and its amazing combinations, painfully taunted by the man-sized blocks of chocolate and lolly jars jammed packed full of gummi bears and jelly beans behind the counter, I thought for a moment I had stumbled upon the happiest place on earth….and then the crazy kids in the queue went ferral again…

I was really keen to get myself around the tutti fruitti waffle – warm Belgian waffle drizzled with pure melted chocolate, served with ice cream, strawberries and bananas ($14 for 1 person, $18.50 for 2).  But MM choked on the price and I knew there was no way I could tackle it on my lonesome. 

Instead I settled for, but was still thoroughly excited by, the chocolate dip – a small bowl of warm, melted chocolate with strawberries to dip ($8.50) with a side of banana ($3.00) and marshmallows ($0.50). 

Wow.  I could live on this stuff….plenty of vitamins from the bananas and strawberries afterall!

MM took an option from the fridge cabinet (there are quite a few to choose from); he had the dreamy chocolate cloud ($9.50) which was a fluffy cloud of cream encased in a dark chocolate shell. 

A little on the rich side, MM was otherwise very impressed.  He washed it down with a cappuccino ($3.50).

So, our overall experience at Max Brenner was a little tainted by the queues, the people, the noise, the service….the list goes on, but in the defence of Max Brenner, these are mostly issues due to our own intolerances.  The concept for me, a self confessed chocoholic, is brilliant.  I love the idea, I love the smell, I love the menu and most of all I love the warm gooey chocolate.  It’s everywhere! 

  •  Max Brenner – Shop 1.1 and 1.2, Stanley St Plaza, Southbank
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