Thursday, March 31, 2011

True Chocolate Devotion

Ever heard of Max Brenner, aka the Bald Man? Well, don't worry if you have not, because you are about to!
Way back in '91, a young aspiring novelist by the name of Max apprenticed throughout Europe and, carried by a love and interest of all things chocolate, began to develop his very own chocolate philosophy.  In 2011, he is about to celebrate the opening of his 37th chocolate restaurant: Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man, and guess where it is going to be?
That's right, as of today, the 31st of March, 745 Boylston Street is about to become a retail space known for inducing love - or whatever other emotion we may relate to the wonderful world of chocolate!
Max is famous for his fascination with the emotional ties people all around the world create with the smell, taste and sight of chocolate.  He uses this as his basis for inspiration and what an inspiration it is!
All of his locations are characterised by large vats encircling the entire space which actually churned the chocolate you are about to enjoy.  Pralines and other chocolaty sensations make for decadent decor and the smell of chocolate is around every corner. I went in briefly the other day just to take a peak and found it nearly impossible to leave again!
So what more do we have to look forward to? First off, they offer full dinner, lunch (and brunch on weekdays) menus with specialty drinks and cocktails as well as an impressive looking brunch menu.  Their menu ranges from classic American fare to other international items. I already have my eye on their waffle fries dusted with chilli and cocoa powder as well as their beer battered onion rings with dark chocolate ranch dressing. 
But what I am most looking forward to is their dessert section.
Naturally, I had to look into it online in order to prepare myself and subsequently you for what awaits behind those close mysterious doors!
Let's take a quick peak:
Here we have their classic fondue, for two, which comes with toffee sauce, bananas, strawberries, marshmallows, chocolate chunk cookies and sponge cake for dipping into your choice of two purely melted chocolates.

They also offer a 'Fantastic Popsicle Fondue' which prompts you to dunk your ice cream popsicle into a pot of melted pure chocolate, crunchy wafer balls and candied hazelnuts. You are the master of your own dessert in this case!

In the event that you are not up for that much chocolate (in which case you probably should not be eating at this restaurant), they have other sweet endings, for instance, their Banana Split Waffles which is comes with bourbon vanilla ice cream, milk chocolate truffle (the chocolate has to be in their somewhere!) and caramelized rice krispies.

They are most famous for their Chocolate pizza, which is a tantalizing combination of Max's double chocolate melting chunks, and your choice of 'toppings': crunchy hazelnut bits, bananas, peanut butter and roasted marshmallows.

Don't worry: I will stop myself now before I get in too deep.  Suffice it to say that I have been pouring over their menu since I first laid my eyes on it and I can tell you right now that one trip just isn't going to cut it.
This place may not be the most frugal, but if the smell of the restaurant is anything to go by, I may have found my heaven!
Chocolate is, in my eyes at least, one of the elixirs of life, find out what it means to you this opening weekend!
Check it all out for yourself:


  1. I Can't WAIT to read your review of this place when it finally opens! Who would ever think of a banana split waffle?? Looks amazing.

  2. I can't wait to try! especially their cocoa/chili powder dusted fries!!mmmmm

  3. Good seeing you last night. Now that I have seen the place you are talking about... I might have to pass... I am kind of allergic to chocolate (triggers ocular migraines >_<). However if the chocolate is good enough, the headache is worth it. Let us know how it goes.

  4. I am excited about everything on their menu...but yes their chili and cocoa powder fries are a definate must!
    And Jason, don't worry, you can have their banana split waffles:)