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Friday, February 4, 2011

Cocoa Lounge at The Palm Terrace in The Island Hotel - Newport Beach

The Cocoa Lounge, inside
The Palm Terrace Restaurant, inside
The Island Hotel
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Toll Free: 866-554-4620
Phone: 949-759-0808

Death by Chocolate.... Ok, well maybe not "death" but even the most die hard chocoholic will likely have an out of body experience upon entering The Cocoa Lounge inside The Palm Terrace Restaurant at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The third annual Cocoa Lounge opens tonight for a limited 3-week run. The lounge is open from 6-PM-10PM Tuesday through Saturday February 4-February 26th, 2010. Admission to The Cocoa Lounge is $18 per person and grants you the privilege of consuming as many gourmet chocolate delights that you would like. If you dine at the Palm Terrace restaurant first and order at least a 2-course meal, your admission to the lounge is free! Free admission to the lounge can also be obtained with the purchase of one The Island Hotel's special Valentine's Day massages packages or Valentine's Day "Him and Her" meals.

When you enter the lounge you find yourself surrounded by dozens of chocolate desserts. Below are photos of some of the desserts that will be available. Selections may vary.

Chocolate Fudge Cookie S'mores

Milk Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Cupcakes

Snickers Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Chocolate Pudding Cake with Gianduja Mousse

Vanilla Custard Filled Eclairs

White Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

White Chocolate Mousses Squares

Manjari Obsession

Banana Chocolate Mousse Cake

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Pot De Creme

Port Truffles

Fresh Fruit Tarts

Chocolate Caramel Tarts

German Chocolate Cake

Dining in The Cocoa Lounge is chocolate decadence at it's best. You'll find yourself wandering from table to table, unsure of what to pick up first. Everyone in attendance seemed to agree that the Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding and Pot De Creme were the best desserts of the night. I also liked the Pot De Creme, but I really enjoyed the German Chocolate Cake as well. This experience is any chocolate lover's dream. However, I would still highly recommend The Cocoa Lounge to anyone that even has a slight fondness for chocolate. Even if you are not a chocolate fanatic, you will find yourself loving these desserts. All of the desserts are presented beautifully and taste sinfully good. The only thing I found missing from The Cocoa Lounge was a nice cup of hot cocoa to wash everything down. For some reason, when I first heard the name "Cocoa Lounge" I envisioned people sitting in a trendy lounge sipping on gourmet hot cocoa. Since the chefs said that they are constantly updating the selections, I'm hoping they'll add this in the future.

Thank you so much to Marguarite Clark at MCPR for inviting me to this fantastic media preview event.


Anonymous said...

The pictures alone made me salivate! I definitely want to check this one out before it's gone.

skyy said...

Very nice pics! I especially want three of those. Were the portions small so you could try more items?

Griffin said...

They were small, but they weren't tiny. I was able to finish about 4 desserts before I thought I was going to explode...

girlrobot said...

Do you need reservations??

Griffin said...

They take reservations but I was told they weren't necessary. I'd probably call ahead though to make sure they're not fully booked.

Transport Bulgaria said...

I don’t remember seeing so many cakes altogether for a long time. The chocolate fudge cookies…hmmm…extremely yummy, the snickers cake, chocolate pudding cake, and my absolute favorite the manjari obsession. I definitely have to try this one out. And I’m not going to dine first just to make sure I have enough “room” for these chocolate wonders. Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

I can't even eat that much but want to go just because it's amazing!