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Posted by Veronica SD on 02/27/2009
After having walked by here millions of times, I finally checked this out w/ the hubby. Yes it was crowded & we had to wait about 20 mins (it was 5:30PM on a Saturday) but that’s to be expected at this type of event place. It was fun checking out all the stuff behind the candy counters while waiting. Once seated, we saw that actual tables more in the restaurant are rather nice, away from the crowd around the door. We split the Asian chicken noodle salad so we could save room for dessert – the salad was more crunchy noodles than veggies but it was pretty good. For dessert we ordered the chocolate fondue for 2 – we got dark & milk chocolate & caramel sauce over warmers, marshmallows, banana bread, strawberries, bananas & a personal grill for marshmallow roasting – all of this was absolutely scrumptious! It was so fun combining dipping sauces & roasting marshmallows. After we ran out of dippables, I started dipping my spoon for licking… I probably would’ve drank those sauces if the hubby hadn’t stopped me, LOL! I ordered a hot tea, which came presented on this whole pot/mug stage thing (the waiter’ll show you how to work it) w/ an okay biscuit… I think they must use special cups that don’t get hot on the outside because my cup stayed pleasant-feeling on the outside but the tea was scalding hot when I sipped it (so beware). Despite the heavy volume, the service was friendly & super-accommodating… we were actually on a time constraint & our waiter ROCKED as far as moving all our stuff along. What a treat overall! I look forward to visiting here again though I’m torn about whether or not to try something new or to stay w/ the beloved, delectable fondue.
Posted by Victoria on 01/19/2009
Came here for desert at about 11 oclock at night. My bf and I were seated immediately at a very cozy table. I have read reviews that the service is somewhat lacking but despite how packed brenner's was, the service was impeccable. We didnt wait more then 5 minutes for anything. If you read the first page about max brenner and how he got to owning the chocolate shop you will see that he was partly influenced by the movie willy wonka and it is definitely noticeable. The atmosphere is very cozy and playful, the desert is delicious. We ordered one of the fondou choices with bananas, strawberries, marshmellows and banana bread with white chocolate dark chocolate and caramel as dips. This is an entree for 2 that is well worth it. The only negative i would give is that I wish it was a bit more lounge oriented then restaurant. We were seated a bit too close to another couple whose conversation was more then loud enough to hear. Would have preferred something a little more private. Other then that, top notch place. Definitely going to go there again when we have a craving for chocolate =]
Posted by sa on 12/29/2008
max brenner was a good experience. i went with a group of 5 of us over the summertime and it was busy like usual but we managed to get a table when everyone arrived. the server was pretty nice to us and explained what she can. some foods are better than others but then again tahts personal preference. i found the roasted chicken really dry, my friend has some penne pasta with peas and ham which is nothing special. another had the potatoes with ham or something and that was really salty, and another had salad. the food isnt anything special. but the desserts are! they will cost you your entree but its worth it bc its an experience that no other palce can emulate. for two, its romantic to have the roasting marshmallows etc. as a group, us 5 girls shared a platter of samplers i believe. its was decent. but the palce istelf is definitely overrated. good if youre in the neighborhood to grab a bite but not if you intentinoally come here planned.
Posted by erika<3 on 09/24/2008
My family and I had heard so many great things about this place we hiked from our hotel down to MB's. We wanted to make sure we had room for dessert so we only had a greek salad, which I must say was pretty good. We were so excited but were let down by the dessert. It was nothing to write home about. I say save your time and all your money and go to Serendipity.
Posted by Coop on 07/23/2008
Overall, a good experience. My girlfriend and I ordered the dessert sampler dish. Some of them were more interesting than others. You can't go wrong with chocolate fondue. The portions were small for the cost, but each desert was delicious. If you love chocolate, you really can't go wrong. The atmosphere was busy and a little cramped, but the innovative and candyland-esque theme was amusing. The waiter was extremely helpful and talkative. The worst part about the night was the wobbly table. Other than that, it's a good fix for a chocolate craving.
Posted by April on 06/01/2008
I have been here twice and enjoyed it both times. I am a chocoholic, so that explains a lot. The Paella my nephew ordered was terribly spicy, even though the flavor was good. (There was no warning in the menu and in Spain, Paella is not usually spicy hot!) However, my "comfort food" skillet was delightful. The chocolate desserts are seemingly endless - 6 pages of them! Delicious flavors, but the molten cake was quite dry on the outside and my Chocolate Mess was very small and the ice cream nearly all melted when I received it. The Chocolate Mess I experienced on my previous visit (for 2) was fabulous! I will continue to return, however, due to the wide selection of food, the decent pricing, and the chocolate!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/01/2008
I can do without the food, but this place is definitely worth satisfying your sweet tooth craving! My favorite so far would be the churros with the 3 different dipping sauces.