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Wonka Bar

You don't need a golden ticket to enjoy this 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'-themed dessert and cocktail bar.
By Sarah Ward
August 11, 2019
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Wonka Bar

You don't need a golden ticket to enjoy this 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'-themed dessert and cocktail bar.
By Sarah Ward
August 11, 2019
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If you want to view dessert paradise, simply head to The Westin Melbourne until January 2020. In the venue's Lobby Lounge, fans of sweet treats won't just be taken to a world of pure imagination, but one of pure dessert indulgence.

With Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hitting the city with its musical take on the Roald Dahl-penned great, the Collins Street hotel is celebrating with its own Wonka Bar. A collaboration between the onsite culinary folks and Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, it's the place where sugar-fulled dreams come true — and get plenty of inspiration.

Serving desserts and sweet, sweet cocktails, the Wonka Bar is your go-to decadent bites. When you're not enjoying the Black Forest & Chocolate River (which combines cherries and chocolate sponge on a biscuit base, then adds chocolate twigs, mushrooms and a warm chocolate river), you can have a Golden Ticket experience (aka a gold chocolate bar paired with dark chocolate mousse, smoked vanilla ice cream and salted caramel cream). Or, opt for a Fizzy Citrus Burp (a brulee lemon curd with fizzy white chocolate aero, orange jelly and dried lemon meringue).

Cocktail-wise, start sipping your way through a Blueberry Gumball (vodka, blue curacao, raspberry balsamic, raspberry cordial and soda water, topped with an ice sphere, popping candy, fairy floss and a viola flower), or embrace the Pure Imagination (dark chocolate liquor, chocolate sauce and cream, all garnished with chocolate and gold edible glitter). They're just two of the four new concoctions on the menu.

Also on display is an edible garden, spanning more than three metres — and including everything from chocolate lollipops, chocolate toadstools, chocolate mushrooms, chocolate bark and planks, and chocolate twigs and leaves,  to a giant chocolate caterpillar, handcrafted chocolate flowers and chocolate butterflies.

If you're keen to feel like a kid in a chocolate factory, the Wonka Bar is open daily from 12–9pm.

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