We are starting to see interesting dessert places like Chocolate Cafes/Bars around Makati. In the battle of the best Chocolate Bar/Cafe in town, who do you think will win between Maitre Chocolatier Boutique Cafe vs. Max Brenner Chocolate Bar?

Maitre Chocolatier Boutique Cafe

The Maitre Chocolatier Boutique Cafe is from the importers of premium European chocolates, which include Toblerone, Lindt, Ferrero Rocher and Ritter Sports Chocolate. The place at night is softly lit, romantic and conducive to conversations. They did a good job with the acoustics of the place so that you are not able to eavesdrop on the next table.

As you enter the cafe, you’ll be greeted with a photo wall with Maitre Chocolatier as the background in black and white. Sometimes, there’s a free fondue tasting.

Maitre Chocolatier Boutique Cafe MenuChocolate Drinks | Chocolate Desserts and other Food

I like the menu because it is just focused on chocolate drinks and chocolate desserts. There are pasta options, but if you would like to eat, I would recommend just eating in Whistlestop beside it.

Ferrero Hazelnut Crunch Cake (P280).

The chef’s special dessert (when the cafe opened) is essentially a Ferrero-inspired cake. The cake is rich with a moist chocolate topping. It has a taste of hazelnut and a little bit of crunch. The presentation is really nice and it is good to share for a group of 2-3 persons. 

Bailey’s Chocolate Vodka Martini (P130).

I love Bailey’s, so I had to order this one. It is an interesting choctail drink served with olive-shaped chocolate on a stick. But wait, there’s more! 🙂 At the bottom of the drink is more intense chocolate.

Chocolate ice cream is also available.

This has become one of our favorite dessert places after dinner. A good way to end a romantic date (especially for Valentine’s). 🙂

Maitre Chocolatier Boutique Cafe by Eva Wong
2A, No. 28 Jupiter Street corner Astra Street, Bel Air, Makati
(Beside RJ Bistro, Whistlestop & Starbucks)
Telephone: +632 897-8559, 896-2529
Email: [email protected]
Open until 11pm on weekdays and 2am on weekends.

Note: Parking could be a problem, especially at night, because of the combined crowd from Whistlestop and Fiamma.

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

Max Brenner was the first chocolate-focused cafe in Manila, and it recently transferred to Greenbelt 5. You can have your chocolate al fresco or dine inside a small air-conditioned area.

I like the ambiance of the old Max Brenner better because the new one is more like a fastfood/diner. It is not the type of place you would want to hang out with your special someone.

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar Menupasta, pizza, tapas, burger, bistro sandwiches |  soups, breads, greens, starters, chilled indulgence, sweet icons, chocolate bakery | hot chocolate, suckao, choctails, chocishakes, aphrodisiacs, coffee, chilled drinks

Instead of just being focused on Chocolate, it now has a complete menu if you want to dine-in. But with the many options around the Greenbelt area, why would you eat here?

Suckao – a concentrated chocolate shot (P188 +10%sc).

“Suckao is the espresso of all chocolate drinks. A small, dense and concentrated quantity of pure chocolate. The term is made up of two words describing the utensil, the ritual and the unique drink. 
Suck – inhaling the dense liquid through the metal straw.
Kakao – the cocoa beans from (which the) pure chocolate drink is made and which determines its quality.”

One of the popular drinks is the Suckao, where you mix and dissolve the chocolate in fresh milk. Then, you can drink the concentrated chocolate from the metal stirrer, which is also a straw.

Venezuela Dark Hot Chocolate (P158 +10%sc).

You can also order hot chocolate with the cacao originating from various parts of the world. But the bald waiters are not doing a good job of explaining the different attributes of the chocolate drinks.

In contrast, Heavenly Chocolates in Tomas Morato is doing a much better job of educating foodies on appreciating chocolate based on their origin.

Max Brenner, Greenbelt 5
G/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St., Legaspi Village
Makati City, Metro Manila
(Beside Le Petit Artisan)
Telephone: (+63929) 486-0234

So in the battle of Maitre Chocolatier Boutique Cafe vs. Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, my vote goes to Maitre Chocolatier. I would actually go all the way to Jupiter to get my chocolate fix. I was a bit disappointed with the newly reopened Max Brenner in Greenbelt 5 because it was not as exciting as the first store they opened.

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P.S. I can’t wait for Chocolate Fire to open in Salcedo Village! I heard they have problems with the city hall and are trying to transfer to a different location. Any news on Chocolate Fire?