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I have been drooling over the Max Brenner menu since it opened a location in Vegas. Why I didn’t know about it and indulge in it when we lived in the NYC area, I don’t know. It’s a pity…or maybe it’s a good thing because I might have begged my husband to take me there all the time. A few days ago I got to turn my menu-drooling into reality when we went out for dessert to The Bald Man’s restaurant while in Vegas. And let me tell you, it was worth waiting for.
We had a reservation for our large group (with kids) and they had our table waiting for us. The restaurant has a modern, eclectic feel with dim lighting to set a nice mood (but bad for pictures), but mostly the décor hints at chocolate with every chance it gets: cocoa beans in barrels and jars, brown pipes in the ceiling labeled “100% pure chocolate”, three types of chocolate mixing in labeled containers on the wall behind the “chocolate bar”, and I swear I even smelled a strong scent of chocolate as I walked but one of the lit candles. But that’s what I was here for anyway: CHOCOLATE!
We were there with my sister and her husband who have both been there before and had their own recommendations. The server brought two menus: the dinner menu (yes, they have things besides chocolate) and the dessert menu (with mouth-watering pictures). It is pricey, but hey, we’re not here everyday.
Mr. Diner and I decided to share the Sharing (tasting for two) plate which is like a sampler and cost $25. It included fondue (we chose Milk Chocolate since Mr. Diner is not a dark chocolate fan like I am) with strawberries, marshmallows, bananas, and a mini grill to roast the marshmallows on; a banana split waffle; chocolate sponge cake; chocolate egg roll; and milk & white chocolate “bark”. Though they were small portions of each thing, it was a lot of dessert and we couldn’t finish it!
There is a great kids menu with a good assortment of desserts including several types of chocolate drinks and some creative items (Chocolate Hamburger, anyone?). Amazing Diner wanted the Snowy Vanilla Popsicle, but they were out, so they substituted a Create-Your-Own Waffle Cone ($5.50 for a waffle cone with vanilla ice cream and an assortment of toppings including wafer balls, candied hazelnut bits, and chocolate sauce). Sweet Diner ordered the Hot Milk Chocolate ($4.20) and Huge Chocolate Syringe (yes, it is a syringe full of chocolate that you squirt in your mouth for $4.75! And you can get them to go!). Little Diner shared our huge Sharing platter with us.
The desserts came and the presentation was fun and creative. Sweet Diner’s syringe got a lot of attention and smiles as we and others watched her squirt the fluid chocolate into her mouth bit by bit with a handful of gummy bears to break up the chocolatiness (okay, not a word, but it should be!) when she needed it. Amazing had a great time topping his ice cream.
Mr. Diner and I were overwhelmed by all the choices on our plates, but dove into the fondue first. The milk chocolate was gratefully not overly sweet and was very smooth. It tasted good with everything, but especially the strawberries. The chocolate sponge cake was cut into three small squares, which were more like little powder-sugar dusted cake-like brownies…a disappointment when I was imagining cake. The chocolate “bark” was also a disappointment; they were basically two rice crispie bars with chocolate mixed in. The chocolate egg roll was an interesting creation with a thin crispy shell and a molten chocolate center with an occasion slice of banana. The regular version of the eggroll is served with a chocolate dip and a caramel sauce. For me, it was overly rich as it was, so I can’t imagine the extra sauces on it. Lastly, the banana split waffle was my favorite! It featured a small sugary waffle with sliced bananas, caramel sauce, and choice of ice cream (we chose dulce de leche). We drizzled it with the provided chocolate sauce and crunchy wafer balls. The flavor combination was wonderful with chocolate, caramel, & banana complimenting each other so well on top of a tasty waffle. I loved it!
Max Brenner is located in The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. They also have a counter outside the restaurant to grab a pre-made goodie to go and a chocolate shop with a lot of good-looking treats and gifts. They offered a sample of their chocolate-covered praline nuts while you’re browsing…it was very good & tempting. If we get the change to splurge here again, I’d probably go for the Banana Split Waffle again or the Hazelnut Cream Banana Toffee Crepe. Mmmm.
Entrée Price: $$$
Average Fork Rating: 4.4
Mr. Diner: 5
Mrs. Diner: 5
Amazing Diner: 5
Sweet Diner: 4
Little Diner: 3