I'm a self-professed chocoholic, and so was my companion. Yet we both had to wave the white flag after morsels and morsels of chocolate desserts were brought out to us at Avalon Hotel's Oliverio. I don't think I've indulged in so much chocolates in a while!
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I was invited by the restaurant's PR to try it myself, and my companion and I came ready for battle. It was raining so instead of setting up a buffet at the pool, the restaurant plated everything. We sat at the small lounge/bar area which extended from the restaurant instead of in the cabanas.
We thought we should have a light dinner before digging into dessert, so we ordered some appetizers. On one hand, it was good to have something savory first. On the other, if we hadn't we would've had more room for more chocolates.
When you go for dinner, do try the smooth and creamy Tortino di Cavolfiore (cauliflower souffle, parmesano sauce) - $14
Other appetizers we tried: Grilled Octopus (green lentils, oven roasted tomato) - $18
Mini Burgers (buffalo sliders, robiola cheese ) - $14
After these appetizers, we started with the Chocolate Salon. First they brought out a trio plate of Hot white chocolate, panna cotta, and chocolate chili pot de creme.
One of the highlights of the night for me was the Triple Chocolate Truffle Pizzetta. A small, warm pizza covered with chocolates, melted chocolate chips, and topped with fresh black truffle shavings.
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I wanted to finish the whole pizza, but I had to make room for much more:
Chocolate banana bread pudding, brownie, chocolate covered marshmallow, strawberry, banana. Dark chocolate ganache with mint wasabi.
Chocolate covered serrano pepper, date, fig, candied orange peel, apricot. Coconut white truffle (another surprisingly good one for this non-white-chocolate lover). Raspberry chocolate cupcake (another one of our faves), malted milk chocolate truffle, bailey's truffle, earl grey chocolate.
We finished off with warm nutella-filled donut balls.
Everything we had was good, and there were some special highlights that I think unique to Oliverio's Chocolate Salon such as the triple chocolate truffle pizzetta and the hot white chocolate.
Food coma? Big time. Call it chocolate coma. This isn't something you can do every night for after dinner dessert, for sure, but it makes for a fun night of indulgence, especially while sitting next to the pool on a nice night.
Oliverio at The Avalon Hotel
9400 W Olympic Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212