Thursday, December 26, 2013

Four Friends Cafe, Crows Nest

Hand-made Beligian chocolates

Other goodies
What makes meeting new people very special is hearing their personal stories and Katze, owner of the Four Friend's Cafe in Crows Nest, did just that. Having battled and overcome the life-threatening disease Scleroderma, Katze is now a strong woman who believes lifestyle affects how you live and that if you have love, respect, and are grateful for the everyday small things, your life will be much sweeter. And for those reasons, Katze closed her old cafe and decided to pursue her true passion in creating chocolates!

Organic loose-leaf teas

Cute tea set!
What makes Four Friends different from other chocolaterias is Katze's dedication to using fairtrade organic ingredients and her willingness to support small businesses. What's a few extra dollars when you will be helping those small businesses to continue trading? Her chocolate is imported straight from Belgium and everything she knows about making chocolate is self-taught. The internet's great for everything now isn't it? :P She believes in freshness of the final product, so everything is made on premises and things will be thrown out after just a few days.

Macaron tower
Of course, eating dessert isn't an everyday kind of activity, but Katze instead believes that everything in moderation will keep you happy and sugar should definitely be had once in a while to keep your life sweet! For this reason, Katze had decided to personally make and donate chocolates for every single child in four different shelter homes. That is a lot of chocolate she's handing out! And a very generous gift indeed.

The upstairs seating is quite spacious and my friend and I settled down comfortably into one of the cushiony sofas. Ahhh, squishy.

Chocolate frappe, $7.50 & rose milkshake
To begin, we had some nice refreshing drinks to start off with. I was a huge fan of the dark chocolate frappe! Chocolate, creamy, and just all-round decadent, I couldn't stop drinking this.

Planet tasting plate, $28.00
I loved her concept behind the Planet Tasting Plate - that despite everyone's differences, we should all end up getting along together just like one happy family because in the end, we are all live upon the same planet, do we not? :)

We started off with the licorice macaron because to be honest, I'm not normally a fan of anything licorice flavour. But this one was quite mild and actually enjoyable! Katze loves experimenting with flavours and I could tell as I tried the apricot fig macaron - it had a crunchy sugary coating on the outside and a fruity fig filling. Yum. And the last macaron was banana and that has not been a flavour I've seen anywhere else!

Next we tried the chocolates and I was surprised by the first one I tried. Hello, gingerbread! Huge fan of this one because I am an avid lover of spices :D Katze has been making her chocolates to suit the festivities season, also proof in the second chocolate we tried that had a smooth mint filling. And I couldn't go past the roasted almonds dusted in cocoa. Almonds are too addictive. Though the biggest surprise had to be inside the kitty. Popping candy! It brings out the child in all of us hehe.

The tarts were easy bite sized morsels that were gone much too quick - much like the cheesecake! Katze mentions she has tried minimalising how much cheesecake she makes because her husband can demolish half of it in one sitting! :P

The last part of the tasting platter was the chocolate lava cake. My oh my was it decadent and so delicious. Katze is keeping her little secret of how they manage to get the ganache in the middle of the lava cake all to herself, so if you want to experience how delicious it is, better order it when you're at Four Friends!

If you're in the area and are craving some good quality chocolate, why not settle down with a cup of coffee and sample the desserts at Four Friends? And have a chat with Katze - she's absolutely lovely!

Crystal Noir and friend dined as a guest of Four Friends Cafe courtesy of polkadotPR. All opinions however, are Crystal Noir's own.

Four Friends Cafe
5/29 Holtermann St
Crows Nest, NSW, 2065

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Four Friends on Urbanspoon


  1. Such an lovely and admirable story behind this chocolate shop. The gingerbread chocolate sounds amazing!

    1. Her story was very inspiring for us to live life to the fullest! I'm a sucker for spices and chocolate and fell in love when combined into one mini chocolate :D

  2. A lovely story behind this cafe-it's always nice to get to know the people behind a place! And I always choose the soft lounges too-I love feeling comfortable :D

  3. What a nice back story! It's always nice to get to know the owners better :)

    1. I love meeting the owners and hearing their stories - it really is inspirational sometimes!

  4. LOL! Great story and I love all the delicious desserts!! YUM, I could just choose one of everything!
    Merry Christmas,
    I hope you had a wonderful day.
    Gourmet Getaways

    1. Aw thank you Julie! I hope you have a fantastic festive holiday season and a wonderful new years! I really can't resist dessert either :P

  5. such a moving story, cant wait to visit this place.

    1. She really was such a lovely person. And her passion for making her desserts is infectious!

  6. Dear Sherrie,

    The planet tasting plates looks like a work of art. Lovely story, I always believe that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

    1. It really is pretty isn't it? A lot of thought and love clearly went into presentation!

  7. i love her chocolates - so rich but not heavy!

    1. I was surprised that they weren't heavy at all! Which is so dangerous as you could just continue eating them :P Definitely in love with the gingerbread one!