It has already been a week since I had the great pleasure of enjoying a preview of the Langham Hotel’s Chocolate Bar and City Brunch for the fall and winter ahead. I have attended both in the past, visiting the Chocolate Bar several times with friends, and enjoyed an immense, delicious, brunch experience. As a result, you can imagine that I was excited to be able to have a sneak peek. . . and lots of bites of what you can expect if you visit the Langham anytime soon. Hint, decadence, luxury, and elegance. And deliciousness.
The Chocolate Bar and brunch preview were in an event space off of Café Fleuri, where the actual public events take place. Upon entering the room, I took in the surroundings, high ceilings, rich fabric, antique furnishings, and a long table filled with beautifully displayed food.
Once I took everything in, the food, the jazz band, and my fellow bloggers, I headed up to the bar and ordered a glass of sparkling wine. Dessert martinis and Bloody Marys were being served, but I decided to stay with something a little simpler, given my plan of attack for the Chocolate Bar and brunch.
Then I started in on food. I browsed the Chocolate Bar desserts before deciding to have brunch first. Brunch offerings at the Langham are greatly varied, and we got to sample some fresh sushi and shrimp cocktail/Bloody Mary shooters.
My photos came out really dark, as you can see, but I ate much more than this! Just as it was one of my favorites back at brunch in January, roasted beets with goat cheese and a Marcona almond drew me in. Perfection in a little cup. This time around I also sampled some maple cured salmon, a bite of salty, sweet, tender salmon perfection, and my favorite, a rich New England cheese pie, accompanied by little grapes. With all of the options, I could have easily stopped at sampling brunch, but I made my way to the Chocolate Bar side, having a very hard time deciding what to start with as I headed over.
There were caramel pistachio mousse tortes, mango white chocolate chili parfaits, macarons, vegan cakes, and much, much more.
But far above all of those delectable offerings stood these little bites. I didn’t write down the exact name, but they were a chocolate and pumpkin torte. The pumpkin was subtle, but present, and the bottom layer was a crunchy, chewy, chocolate-y crust that made the smoother top layers pop in contrast. It was a beautiful combination of textures and flavors, and the perfect dessert for this time of year.
I wish my photos had come out better; I took a ton of them, but the light was delightfully dim, nice for relaxing, not ideal for photography. This was a great event and made me excited for fun, decadent eating events this winter and fall. The Chocolate Bar is a great girls’ afternoon out, and the Langham’s brunch is great for a special occasion, staycation, or for visiting guests.
I attended this event free of charge, but my opinions are my own.
P.S. Happy Birthday, Megan at Delicious Dishings!