Max Brenner

by Her Happy Balance on March 25, 2014

Philadelphia is home to one of the five US locations for Max Brenner, a chocolate bar & restaurant. It was my chocolate-loving best friend’s birthday this month, and we decided to celebrate with dinner and dessert out this past Friday. We had reservations for 9pm, but showed up around 8:30pm. After waiting a few minutes in the “chocolate shop” section of the restaurant, we were able to be seated a little earlier. The seating is mostly small tables with a few half booths in the center. We were seated at a small table around the edge of the dining area, we had just enough space for the three of us to eat. The lighting was very dim and gave this chocolate night out a romantic feel for girls’ night 😉

Girls' Night

The first thing I noticed was that the drink and dessert menu was ridiculously extensive. They had many different chocolate cocktails, milk shakes, and hot chocolates to choose from along with the normal beer and wine selection. We decided to try out the hot chocolates and we each ordered a different one. The birthday girl opted for Thick Italian Dark Hot Chocolate.
It was definitely thick! (#TWSS) It was more like chocolate soup or fondue and was very rich. The birthday girl couldn’t actually finish it with her dinner, so we used it later to dip marshmallows and fruit into after dinner.

Thick Italian Dark Hot Chocolate

My other friend ordered Toasted Marshmallow Milk Hot Chocolate {which reminded me a lot of classic hot chocolate} and I ordered a Spicy Mexican White Hot Chocolate. I absolutely loved my spicy hot chocolate! It was super unique. I could distinctly taste the chili peppers and nutmeg in my drink and it left a subtle burn on the back of my throat from the spices. White chocolate has always been my favorite chocolate, and it did not disappoint. My friends thought it was a bit strange, though. And I imagine this would be an acquired taste for most.

Spicy Mexican White Hot Chocolate

The actual dinner menu is relatively small {compared to the dessert menu} with sandwiches, paninis, a few salads, and the normal dinnertime fare. I opted for the Baja Fish Tacos and subbed out the rice and beans for chili and cocoa powder dusted waffle fries. I was actually really surprised that a place specializing in chocolate made the best fish tacos I have had in a loooong time! The tacos were topped with a mango slaw and tons and tons of avocado, and they were so SO good! The fries were delicious, too, however I didn’t really taste any of the cocoa powder on them. But I guess that is the point, to use chocolate in subtle ways.

Baja Fish Tacos

For dessert I ordered the Crystal Sugar Churros Fondue. It consisted of six churros for dipping into a warm toffee sauce, muddled raspberry sauce, and your choice of either milk, white, or dark chocolate sauce. I asked for white chocolate dipping sauce, but was served milk chocolate. I didn’t say anything to the waitress because I didn’t really mind, and the service was a tad slow because of how busy the restaurant was.

Crystal Sugar Churros Fondue

The toffee sauce was amazing! It was almost like dipping churros into butter. And the muddled raspberry sauce was very refreshing after all of the decadent chocolate and toffee. The milk chocolate was like normal fondue, nothing too special there. The birthday girl asked for a special order of fondue dipping treats {marshmallows, berries, bananas, brownie bites} to dip into her leftover hot chocolate, and my other friend ordered the Melting Chocolate Truffle Heart Cake & Shake. The truffle cake was a bit disappointing, we thought it was supposed to be like molten lava cake but it didn’t actually ooze any chocolate. It came with a separate shaker full of liquid chocolate that we believe you were supposed to pour on top of the cake to get the molten affect. It was served with a shot glass sized chocolate shake and a baby scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Truffle Heart Cake & Shake

Overall, for not being the biggest chocolate fan, I really enjoyed dinner at Max Brenner’s. I was happy with everything I ordered, but would probably order something different for dessert next time just because there were so many delicious sounding choices. I’m thinking a crepe next time 😉 As for pricing, the price of the desserts was the same if not more expensive than the dinner entrees. The chocolate cocktails were also very pricey {$13 for a martini} but I didn’t miss having alcohol with my meal because I really thought my hot chocolate was awesome.

Max Brenner Dessert Setting

The next time I’m around Max Brenner’s neck of the woods, I would love to stop in to the chocolate bar area to grab a drink to go or sit down for dessert if it was a special occasion.

Have you ever been to Max Brenner’s before?
Milk, dark, or white chocolate?

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Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne March 25, 2014 at 9:06 am

OMG this sounds amazing!! I’m a huge chocolate lover (dark chocolate being my favorite), and those churros dipped in chocolate just sound great!! Now I won’t be able to get these off my mind all day haha

Carson March 25, 2014 at 10:52 am

Never heard of it, but it looks amazing!

I will choose white or dark chocolate over milk chocolate 100% of the time.

Caitlin March 25, 2014 at 11:27 am

Oh my goodness this place sounds amazing!! I would love something like this since I’m a chocoholic haha. Never heard of it either, which is crazy ha. Definitely have to check it out next time I’m back east 🙂

Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie March 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm

A chocolate bar?? Why do I not live near one of these?! I’m a white chocolate girl (although , I love all chocolate), so your white hot chocolate sounds so good.

meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles March 25, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Love Max Brenner! I get the chocolate fondue with the three pots of chocolate – two dark and one milk…extra chocolate chip cookies for dipping.

Lauren @ LoveChocolateLife March 25, 2014 at 5:39 pm

I LOVE Max Brenner’s !!! I have actually never ordered real food and am surprised to hear the fish tacos are good !!! Good to know for my next trip 🙂 I absolutely love the fondu yummmm

Erica @ For the Sake of Cake March 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Dear God, I love Max Brenner! I got that same dessert when I was there–so good!

Bezzymates March 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm

I have never heard of Max Brenner, but the desserts seem as though they would amazing. Your churros looks decadently delicious. That was one of my favourite treats when I lived in Mexico.

sarah (shh fit happens) March 25, 2014 at 9:02 pm

oh wow, that place looks absolutely a.m.a.z.i.n.g.!!!!

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