Monday, March 30, 2009

Max Brenner.

To bring a sweet end to their stay in the Great Big City, Roomie and I took MY and S to Max Brenner for dessert after a nice steak dinner.  It was an excellent complement to a great meal.  It also was a meal and restaurant that captured the essence of the city: luxurious, trendy, sweet, and sexy.

Above is the cappuccino that I ordered.  It came in a very aesthetically pleasing coffee cup and saucer that encouraged me to be playful and embrace the child inside of me when it was appropriate.  The cappuccino came with two pieces of chocolate, which I proceeded to stir into my coffee, giving it a very pleasant hint of chocolate.  It was very creamy, warm, and comforting.

MY felt like getting a glass of milk.  It came in this very interesting glass with a metal straw.  Kudos for Max Brenner's use of the Helvetica font on the cup!  As a graphic design student, I feel that Helvetica is a font that characterizes New York's modern (and perfect) atmosphere.

The first of two desserts we ordered was the Sharing (Tasting for Two).  Clockwise from the lower left: very light and airy whipped cream with a touch of very tart raspberry sauce, chocolate fondue sauce in an Erlenmeyer flask, chocolate & peanut butter snack, pop rock candy chocolate lick, chocolate-covered ice cream, and a banana split waffle.  The whipped cream, as stated earlier, was extremely light and refreshing, with the raspberry sauce adding a special zing to the light sweetness of the cream.  You can try drinking the chocolate fondue, which was warm and rich.  The chocolate & peanut butter snack had interesting texture, but the peanut butter didn't seem present.  The chefs, perhaps, were trying not to overpower the chocolate, since this is a chocolate-themed restaurant.  The pop rocks combined with the chocolate was exciting, like exploring unchartered territory.  Ice cream was normal.  The banana split waffle was ok, but I felt it was just to dense for the dessert.

First dessert, part two: Chocolate fondue.  Came with a pot with melted chocolate fondue for dipping, marshmallows, strawberries, and bananas for dipping, and a small personal grill to toast the marshmallows.  I absolutely love fruit dipped in chocolate, and the fresh toasted marshmallows were soft and creamy.  It was also fun when some of the marshmallows started to flame at certain points.

The second dessert we ordered was The Ivory Heart, a chocolate cake with layers of warm white chocolate and chocolate cream on the inside.  It comes with the plain ice cream, an Erlenmeyer flaskful of chocolate fondue sauce, and fresh strawberries and blueberries.  The cake was very warm and extremely chocolatey, but it was extremely good.  It was extremely moist and not overly sweet, but had a very strong chocolate taste.  The fresh fruit helped to balance the sweetness by adding a tart flavor to the plate.

Overall, the dessert was very satisfying and it was a fun experience.  It is definitely the place to go if you are a chocolate lover.
Price: <3<3<3
Taste: <3<3<3<3<3
Atmosphere: <3<3<3<3<3
Opinion: Highly Recommended

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1 comment:

  1. great restaurant !!

    you've been a few places that i have checked out myself. me and my gf just started up a foodblog! check us out at