Café Madeleine is Josophan’s sister site. What or who is Josophan’s? Well I’m glad you asked!!
Josophan’s Fine Chocolates is an exquisite and tantalising chocolate shop gracing the boutique streets of Leura Mall in the Blue Mountains since 2005. The store is fitted out with every imaginable chocolate goodie ranging from chocolate bars and slabs, cocoa powder, cookbooks, chocolate eggs and bunnies, and cake decorating and chocolate making supplies. A little peek behind all the goods for sale on the shelves and you’ll see the laboratory, workshop and tasting room, home to where all these delicious treats are created and where you can learn all about them!
The lady behind Josophan’s is Jodie Van Der Velden. A full profile is available online to read, but from a quick glance of where she’s trained (Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School, Cordon Bleu and the Ritz, to name a few) I trust that I’m in safe and delicious hands. In addition to the retail outlets (there’s also one for you Sydney-based folk!), Josophan’s also supplies wedding and celebration cakes and bonbonniere for those special occasions. And if you’re really keen you can browse through Jodie’s chocolate travels abroad to various cacao plantations. Oh and go on, just look at all the petit fours on offer too…Kahlua kiss, Mayan chilli, butterscotch schnapps, hazelnut praline…okay, okay I’ll stop.
Now, back to Café Madeleine. Café Madeleine is kind of an edible chocolate smorgasbord of Josophan’s. Also conveniently based in Leura Mall, it serves locals and tourists an impressive range of cakes, brownies, tiramisu, hot chocolates and iced chocolates (Fair Trade of course), plus some savoury breakfast and lunch options and High Tea (hello!!). The café also offers a ‘food store’ with other take home goodies for sale such as muesli, jams and spreads.
Bright and welcoming, Café Madeleine is easy to spot in Leura Mall, which is good because Big Bear and I were really tired after a day’s shopping and lunching at Solitary Restaurant and Café. We arrived about 3.00pm on a Wednesday afternoon and chose a nice sunny window table with cute French provincial seating. The café caters well for small groups and couples though I imagine larger groups and those after High Tea would need to book ahead. After a quick squiz at the menu we selected the flourless chocolate torte with a side of ice cream and two full cream lattes.
After ordering from the lovely staff, we were left to sit and suffer next to the glass fridge glistening with cake and sweets. But soon after we were served a delectably presented chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and warm melted chocolate. In place of the usual flour, the cake had a beautiful hazelnut and almond meal with a soft and light texture (not dense like mud cake). As you can see from the photos, there were also some delicious, oozing chocolate chunks scattered throughout. The coffees were also quite milky, not too strong and not too hot.
Chocolate, cake, coffee and sunshine – the perfect Autumn afternoon pick me up.
Café Madeleine & Josophan’s Leura Boutique
Café Madeleine is at 187a Leura Mall, Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW, 2780
Josophan’s Leura Boutique is at 132 Leura Mall, Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW, 2780
(02) 4784 2031 (This is for Josophan’s Fine Chocolates in Leura Mall)
Café Madeleine open 7 days a week 9.00am-5.00pm
Josophan’s Leura Boutique open 7 days a week 9.30am-5.00pm