Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen Restaurant Review
The fine folks at Universal Orlando Resort treated me to a dinner at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen; my opinions full of chocolatey goodness are my own.
Does your idea of heaven include chocolate and more chocolate? If so, then you can die and go to heaven on your next visit to Orlando when you visit the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium: The Background
When I first learned that the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium would be joining the already amazing line up of restaurants at Universal CityWalk's at Universal Orlando Resort in 2016, I imagined a chocolate shop. Then, I heard about the delicious milkshakes and thought maybe it'd be a milkshake joint. But, when I experienced the restaurant firsthand, I quickly learned it was much more than a chocolate shop, a milkshake joint, or even a traditional restaurant.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is a Steampunk-inspired restaurant with unique design and decor, characters who visit you during your meal (see Penelope and Jacquez below), and chocolate-inspired drinks and dishes. For example, dinner and its various dishes (appetizers, sides, main courses, and dessert) haven't even begun and you're already getting your sweet tooth fix with the must-try Chocolate Almond Bread with Salted Caramel Butter.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium: What to Order
Although I was in the mood for a regular burger when we went to the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, I could not pass up testing out their chocolate-inspired menu items. Here are some things to know before you go.
You'll find a full bar on the second floor where you can order a broad array of beverages, including a variety of drinks on tap.
Tip! You can order drinks table side from your server. The bar offers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium's appetizers range from $7.50 to $14.95. The appetizer list is so extensive that you could order many options and share Tapas style without ever ordering an entree (especially perfect for lunch).
If you go for dinner, my recommendation is to pace yourself. Order a couple of appetizers for your table to share. And then, make sure to indulge in a milkshake and an entree.
Our favorite small plates were the Pork Belly Sliders and the Coffee and Chocolate Stout Chicken Wings (featured to the right). With caramelized onions, mustard aioli, arugula, chocolate dipped bacon, on a pretzel bun, the sliders were perfect for sharing. The Coffee and Chocolate Stout Chicken Wings were a perfect dish to pair them with. The wings were flash fried and had a chocolate stout glaze. And a not-to-miss appetizer that everyone raves about? The Philly Cheesesteak Rolls. Mmmm!
Milkshakes are around $12.50. My favorite? (I tried at least four.) The Bacon Brittle Milk Shake ($12.50) with Bacon Ice Cream, Bacon Brittle, Bacon Flavor, Chocolate Covered Bacon, Bacon Caramel.
Dinner entrees range from $11.95 (sandwich) to $46.95 (steak) and have lots of options with varying price points. I ordered the crepes, but honestly? I was so full from all the amazing appetizers and the milkshake that I didn't even have room for more than one bite. The lesson here? Pace yourself!
Tip! If you do not prefer chocolate, no need to worry. There are lots of traditional items on the menu that are chocolate free. For example, our main meal choices reflected those types of items (even though we are chocolate lovers). The Shrimp and Lump Crab Mac & Cheese, the Croque Monsieur, the Flatbread, and the Blue Plate Burger are several you could consider.
Whether you decide to order dessert or the milkshake gives you your sugar fix, you at least want to check out the dessert menu (prices range from $6.50 to $12,00, not including milkshakes). From bread pudding and chocolate creme brulee to sundaes, it has a wide variety to choose from.
If you want to get your dessert to go, stop by the refrigerated case with macarons, truffles, and other goodies and/or visit the confectionary and grab some sweets on your way out.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium: The Wait
Toothsome is a popular spot at Universal Orlando Resort's CityWalk and unless I am mistaken, it does not take reservations. Where you can walk right in and grab at seat at other delicious restaurants in the area, plan on waiting for both a table and your food at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. The good news? It's worth the wait!
If you don't want to wait, don't have time, or if you are just looking for a sugar rush and not a meal, visit the Dessert Foundry and get a milkshake to go. What's not to love about that?
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Have you been to the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium? What do you recommend?