I would describe myself as a foodie, myself and Alex both love our food and try to visit various restaurants in our city. I thought that I would give a mini review of the best restaurant I have ever visited in case any of you are planning a trip to Florida and need ideas on places to eat.
When planning our honeymoon, I made an itinerary that included where to eat. As any of you who have visited Orlando will know the holiday is very busy with lots to do so it helps to plan on where you will visit and where you plan to eat – this ensures that you get the best for your money and if you plan it right will guarantee that you see and do lots more than playing it by ear.
I have always been someone who loves to plan and do research on different things, so when it came to planning our honeymoon I loved reading other traveller’s food and holiday guides to pick up recommendations for things to do and restaurants. One restaurant that kept coming up was Toothsome Chocolate Emporium at Universal Studios City Walk and after browsing the menu I quickly added it to our list of “must dos”.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is themed as a chocolate factory owned by Penelope Tinker Toothsome and her robot assistant Jacque. The theming inside the restaurant is incredible and has a strong Steam punk vibe. The restaurant has two floors and a bar that serves speciality drinks such as Chocolate stout.
On entering the restaurant, we had the pleasure of meeting Penelope, who told us all about her favourite dishes and offered a history of her factory. To the right of the reception area was the gift shop (more on that later) and we were quickly greeted by a waitress who led us upstairs via the elevator. On the way up, another waiter joined us in the elevator carrying two plates of food – the food looked and smelled delicious which made us even more excited about our meal.
We were shown to our table and given the menu, the menu wasn’t so much a printed list of foods but an atlas size hardback story book, with top quality images of certain dishes and on the first few pages a narrative style introduction explaining the story of Toothsome. The menu was a little overwhelming and we had to ask for more time twice when the waitress came to take our order. I asked the waitress what her favourite dishes on the menu were and she was very informative and helpful with the information that she gave us.
After looking over the menu for a while we decided that we would like to order, for starters we ordered the pork belly sliders which came with Caramelized onions, mustard aioli, chocolate bacon, all served inside a pretzel bun – DELICIOUS. The pork belly sliders cost $11.95 and were absolutely worth every penny. We also ordered some warm chocolate almond bread which cost $2.95 and came with salted caramel butter. The bread was gooey and chocolatey but a little rich, so we ended up putting it in a doggie bag at the end of the meal.
For our main I ordered the “May contain bacon burger” which was a half-pound patty, lettuce, Smokey bacon, grilled pork belly (I obviously couldn’t get enough of this stuff), pineapple chutney, cheese and again, was served in a pretzel bun. I can safely say that this burger was the BEST burger I have ever tasted. The mix of flavours was amazing, the saltiness of the bacon, the sumptuous pork belly and the sweetness of the pineapple chutney with the kick of the jack cheese, was just perfect. My dish came with a big portion of fries which were great too. This dish cost $15.50 and when Alex had a taste he agreed that it was the best burger ever. We expected just a “hint” of bacon, and we weren’t disappointed.
Alex ordered the Sedona Barbecue Chicken Salad which cost $12.95 for a huge portion of yumminess. The salad contained grilled chicken, lettuce, black beans, avocado, cheese, tomatoes, spiced pumpkin seeds, peppers, a chipotle lime vinaigrette, and crispy tortilla strips. Alex really enjoyed his meal and when he let me try some I thought the salad was really refreshing and the flavours tasted amazing. This is something that we believed Toothsome get right with their dishes, the flavours are diverse but work incredibly well together. As we were eating, Penelope and Jaque were making the rounds, coming over to each table and spending time with each party which we thought was a nice touch. I loved chatting to both characters who stayed in character throughout their time on the restaurant floor.
When researching Toothsome there was one thing that I knew I had to try and as full as I was I couldn’t leave without ordering a milkshake. I had seen so many photographs and videos of Toothsome’s amazing milkshakes so I chose the Heavenly Hazelnut shake from Jaque’s speciality milkshake menu, this cost $12.50 and was what the name suggests – Nutella ice cream, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, and fresh whipped cream on top. The milkshake was very delicious, but we had eaten far too much so could only manage a few sips so asked for the souvenir mug that it came in to be cleaned out so that we could put it in our bag to keep.
After paying and tipping we decided to look around the Toothsome gift shop which was an experience within itself. The shop was filled with quirky trinkets and had a large glass chocolate display cabinet with different truffles and chocolate flavours encased within it. The shop also had lots of Toothsome merchandise and original sweet goods to buy. The prices were reasonable, and we enjoyed looking at all the items. We bumped into Jaque again who didn’t drop character once while interacting with us, we watched him walk around the shop, picking items up and looking at everything in detail and we loved it.
Overall, we loved Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and would recommend it to anyone visiting Orlando for a family friendly, stylish, and delicious experience. We left full, happy and with chocolate almond bread in hand which we enjoyed back at the hotel that evening.
Toothsome is admittedly a little pricey but it makes for a special treat on holiday and we will be visiting again if (when) we visit Universal Orlando again.