Max Brenner

“Creating a new chocolate culture worldwide”

The slogan of this lovely chocolate-based restaurant. Here, the dessert is the main meal- so important that our waitress even left the menu at the table because one of us ordered a panini instead of something chocolate. As you enter the restaurant you begin to realize that the scent of chocolate is basically the only scent in the entire building. There is chocolate for sale, chocolate to drink, chocolate to eat, and even chocolate in a large syringe. Seriously, a shot of chocolate. Sold in a syringe. It exists.

Anyway, I arrived at approximately 1:15 and was seated about an hour later, during which time I enjoyed perusing through the many chocolate items for sale in the gift shop. I was with two of my best girl friends, and we were all very pleased with our meals. Though a bit pricey, they were quite delicious. My order consisted of Hot Chocolate with little miniature coco puffs in it ($5.95) and half a chocolate chunk pizza with hazelnut and peanut butter toppings ($9.50). Both were absolutely amazing. My friends both got hazelnut milkshakes which were delightful, but very rich: neither could manage to finish. As previoulsy mentioned, one of my friends got a panini- it was mozzarella cheese, basil, tomato, and tomato-basil aioli sauce; my other friend got a half pizza as well, but with marshmallow and peanut butter toppings. All of us were very satisfied with our meals and enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant.

The only critiques I can think of would be how close together the tables are and the price of many of the choices. While I think most were reasonable, some of the combination desserts could have been taken down a notch. For example, is it necessary to combine the brownie, ice cream, and (non-alcoholic) chocolate shot for $14.95, or could they be priced lower but able to be mix-and-matched?

Overall, this restaurant experience was wonderful. The food was delicious, and where else is dessert the main meal, but salad and burgers are also on the menu?! I would definitely recommend this if you are ever in the area of one. In the U.S., they have locations in NYC, Philadelphia, and Boston. Let me know if you ever decide to check one out!

Taste: 5 out of 5

Price: $20-$30 for lunch

Service: 4 out of 5

Ambience: 4 out of 5 (based on crammed tables; however, they achieved the atmosphere they were looking for, which is that of a chocolate bar)

Check out the pictures below!

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From the Gift Shop

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Hazelnut Milkshake

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Hot Chocolate

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Margherita Panini

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Chocolate Pizzas

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