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Dining at Universal CityWalk just got a little sweeter after the opening of its latest restaurant, the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.
The restaurant officially opened on January 27 and offers unique milkshake creations, desserts and treats, as well as an extensive menu of brunch, lunch and dinner options.
Located in the former location of the Hard Rock Café, next to the Universal AMC theater, the new restaurant has been compared to a real-life version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
During their culinary experience, guests will be welcomed by Penelope and Jacques, ambassadors of character and world travelers. The duo will move around the restaurant and interact with customers during their visit.
Almost every dish incorporates chocolate in some way, Universal officials told KTLA.
Menu options include Nutella Banana Pancakes, Pork Belly Sliders, BLT Southern Fried Chicken, Wild Mushroom Chicken Risotto and more.
Customers can also choose unique milkshake flavors such as “Espresso Buzz”, “It’s Mint”, “Upside Down Pineapple”, “Crispy Marshmallow” and more.
Guests also won’t have to rush to finish their milkshakes before entering Universal Studios Hollywood. All milkshake drinks will be served in plastic cups, rather than glass, which is not permitted at the theme park, according to the theme park’s website.
Reservations for the restaurant can be made online.
The interior of the newly designed restaurant features Victorian-era gadgets and fixtures made by Los Angeles artists, and the exterior is inspired by a giant marquee with 97-foot chimneys.
Renovations to turn the cafe into a new Victorian steampunk chocolate shop cost around $50 million, Universal officials told KTLA. Universal also has versions of the restaurant in Orlando and Beijing.
The arrival of the restaurant also coincides with the 30e Universal CityWalk’s anniversary, according to a press release.