Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring when you’ve got chocolate coffee cups on the menu.

If you are a choc-top fan, this new fad of sipping your coffee from a chocolate-lined waffle cup is for you. However, just as I never manage to eat a choc-top in a movie without getting chocolate on myself and my clothes (very hard to find where it drops in the dark!), these chocolate coffees are a little tricky to eat.

The waffle cone cups come in a custom-made piccolo (4oz) size with multiple layers of chocolate so your Bellissimo coffee doesn’t spill out before you enjoy the chocolatey-espresso goodness. Of course, practice makes perfect in drinking from a cone, so I’d suggest multiple chocolate coffees until you get the whole thing right. Win/win!

You’ll find them at Darling & Co where the winter menu has a focus on local, fresh and sustainable food accompanied by house made condiments.

Where else for brunch?

Kennigo Social House

Strawberry roulade
Strawberry roulade


Innovative menu

Head chef Giuliano Melluso has worked up a list that leaps far beyond your average eggs on toast, with the likes of buttermilk waffles served with whipped mascarpone, strawberries, coconut and maple for an indulgent but satisfying start to the day.

Feeling healthy? Go light with their macadamia, prune and poached pear porridge spiked with leatherwood honey to hit you right in the sweet spot, or spice it up with North African-style baked Shakshuka eggs with chorizo, tomato, harissa, labneh and sourdough.

My order was the Fraser Coast Spanner Crab Omelette with green papaya, coriander, chilli which sounded intriguing but somehow just didn’t quite live up to the promise.


Strawberry roulade dessert
Strawberry roulade dessert


Darling & Co stock an exclusive roast from Belissimo, Australia’s highest awarded coffee, and they’ve even hatched their own house-made cold brew, Daily Dose.

There’s also a menu just for the kiddies, with breakfast favourites like ham and cheese jaffles, waffles with strawberries and cream, and coco-pops with chocolate milk for a special weekend treat.

Where is it?

Find Darling & Co at 157 Given Terrace, Paddington.


Ed+bK rating

3.5/5  – Good to see some local produce and big names on the menu.

Bottom line:  Breakfast prices range from $7 to $22 for a large size eggs benedict.

Best tip:  There’s parking under the building.  Pay when you park and take the ticket to the restaurant to be reimbursed.

Disclaimer:  Ed +bK paid for her meal.

Freshly picked strawberries