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A seasoned veteran in the art of chocolate indulgence, Julie-anne Sprague looks at a special treat on offer at Subi’s Oriel Cafe.

PURE decadence is on offer at Subiaco’s Oriel Cafe from the middle of this month. And let me tell you why. You get shavings of the finest chocolate (we’re talking Max Brenner by the Bald Man chocolate, imported from the eastern states.

The Oriel is presently the only place selling this). You place the chocolate shavings into a gorgeous dish not dissimilar to an oil burner. The candle underneath keeps the metal cup mixing dish warm enough to melt the delicate shavings, at which point you pour in some milk and use the flash metal stirrer to mix up the most sensational chocolate drink in Perth. It’s called suckao and it’s the latest and greatest way to enjoy chocolate. Now I know chocolate lovers are probably already on their way to the Oriel but, for those in business, these chocolate drinking apparatus are something you should indulge in with some clients, too.

Oriel manager Mimma Anastasio says a drink of the luscious suckao will cost you $8.90 and you can choose milk and dark or white chocolate.

The uniqueness of this product, together with its sweet flavour, makes for an impressive drink indeed. Although wine has become customary to have while liasing with clients, this drink is one of the classiest around and will give your client a welcome surprise – it’s definitely one to try.

And while we’re speaking of hot warm drinks at Oriel, you may want to try the chai latte tea. Its cinnamon sweet frothy flavour is exquisite and it is new to the Oriel’s spring menu.

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There has been a flurry of hospitality movements around town of late and Gusto has the latest on whose doing what around the traps:

Jason Meotti is no longer at Mead’s Mosman Bay. The position of sales and marketing manager, to which Jason was appointed, is now defunct. Two separate positions of sales and functions coordinator have been created and Warren Mead will take care of marketing activities. Linda Milvain is Black Tom’s Bar and Grill’s sales and functions coordinator and Anna Levinson is the coordinator at Meads Mosman Bay and the Moonlight Lady.

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Terry Chellapah has been appointed to the newly created general manager’s position at Xanadu Wines’ Margaret River Winery.

He began consulting work with Xanadu back in May to help with the winery’s expansion plans.

Those plans have escalated to the point where he is now required to oversee the plans on a full time basis.

Mr Chellapah says the plans include a new restaurant and cellar door, which are scheduled to open in December. An art gallery is also part of the new plans and is likely to open in the New Year.

Marc Garreffa is leaving Altos to return to Oriel. He will oversee the marketing arm of the brassiere.

Marianne Haywood has been appointed to the newly created position of marketing coordinator at Fraser’s.

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Fishy Affair and Curtin Uni’s renowned George’s Kebabs king, George Kanakis, has his eyes set on creating an authentic Greek restaurant in Subiaco. As the new co-owner of what was Jones’ Restaurant, Mr Kanakis will be outfitting the restaurant in the coming weeks for an opening scheduled for late October.

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Also tipped for change is the Totem Bar in Highgate. Rumours are screaming around town that Geoff Hayward has purchased the bar.

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Deciding to confirm rumours this week is Savoia’s Davide Bianchi, who has officially confirmed his purchase of the E-Bar. The West Perth establishment is currently undergoing renovations and Gusto has been told the new look will be a cocktail/lounge bar. It is expected to open before the end of the year.

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