Universal's Toothsome Chocolate Emporium to open Sept. 22
The 19th-century Steampunk-themed restaurant will offer an expansive menu.
Look out, Orlando. The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is here is fulfill all of your chocolate-fueled Steampunk fantasies.
In case you missed it, the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is Universal Orlando Resort's newest full-service restaurant, officially opening for dinner in Universal CityWalk at 4 p.m. on Sept. 22, says Universal's official blog.
The story behind the restaurant is as whimsical as you would expect from Universal, following the globetrotting adventures of Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome as she travels from Mongolia to Madagascar in pursuit of new methods of infusing chocolate into the most extraordinary recipes. Upon returning home to London, Penelope builds the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium to share her love and knowledge of chocolate with the world.
The restaurant has a Steampunk theme, which is an aesthetic that can be described as 19th-century science fiction. It will offer an expansive, specially created menu along with an array of gourmet-level chocolates and desserts. Guests can sample all-day-brunch crepes and quiches and discover unique takes on classic steak, seafood and pasta entrees.
The desserts are equally creative, featuring an artisan milkshake collection with names like Chocolate x5 – mixed with chocolate spirals, chocolate chunks, chocolate ice cream and presumably two other chocolate ingredients. If chocolate doesn't tickle your fancy, there are also flavors like Bacon Brittle, Espresso Buzzzz, Red Velvet and Key Lime Pie.
Sundaes include S'mores – with chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallow cream and graham crackers – as well as Salted Caramel Flan and Chocolate Brownie Bark.
Guests can watch their chocolate collections being prepared and take home samples purchased in the retail shop.
The restaurant itself sits nears the entrance of Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park and is visible around the entire CityWalk lagoon. Towering smokestacks, tanks, piping and other equipment for chocolate production adorn the outside. Inside, a mix of brass, dark wood,and gadgetry – along with staff who dress and act the part – complete the Steampunk feel.