Friday, October 16, 2009

Cafe Fleuri at the Langham Hotel, Boston - A Chocolate Buffet

So many feel that dessert is the best part of the meal and that the best dessert is a chocolate dessert. At the Cafe Fleuri in the five star Langham Hotel located in Boston, Massachusetts there is a buffet that is only deserts and the all star feature is chocolate in oh so many ways.

As always, I will tell you right now and up front that this is one of those restaurants that I have not personally eaten at, but this buffet comes with raves from many. It was voted as "Best Indulgence" by Boston Magazine.

The dessert buffet is appropriately called "The Chocolate Bar" and is only served on Saturdays between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. At other times this is an upscale hotel restaurant with a regular menu. A special presentation like this is not without its price. The buffet prince for adults is $38, children 5-12 years old is $25, and children 4 years and under are free. This is not an unusual price for an upscale hotel buffet, but keep in mind that the only food you will be eating are desserts. There is no meal to accompany them.

So what can you expect to find? There are 125 different desserts presented at once on a variety of elegant display and serving tables. Most of these desserts are based around chocolate, but there are other desserts served as well. A chocolate fountain allows you to go up and dip a variety of fruit, rice crispy treats, pretzels, and more into hot flowing chocolate. There are made to order chocolate crepes that are filled with your choices. There is chocolate mousse. How about chocolate soup? Yes, you will find that too. There is homemade ice cream to top. How does chocolate cotton candy spun up before you sound? That is there too. There are fresh baked cookies, milk chocolate passion fruit tarts, miniature s'more cups, delicate truffles, our signature chocolate break pudding and more. And, of course, it is all you care to eat.

The desserts are arranged by a theme chosen for the season. Items are grouped to go along with that theme.

Everything used is of the highest quality and a variety of chocolate from around the world goes into the desserts. This is very much an indulgence and not like any other buffet. There are other buffets that will permit you to just order the dessert portion of the buffet, but what you will get is nothing to the extensive offerings that you will find at Cafe Fleuri.

One source told me that this buffet is offered only from September to June - not July and August, however, the website for this buffet has no month restrictions. Again, it is only on Saturdays in the afternoon and this is a buffet that does close down at the ending time of 3:00 pm so it is not one that you want to come late to and expect it to stay up until you are finished. Reservations are accepted and from what I can see they are likely required if you want to get in. There is an easy to use reservation service on the website page for this restaurant.

Would I go to The Chocolate Bar? I would love to and Boston is a possibility, however, I know that for health reasons I could not eat an entire meal only of desserts - not that I would not want to. But there are so many that can enjoy this true indulgence. The restaurant will also arrange parties for the buffet.

I would love to hear from anyone who has had this amazing treat. Please leave a comment and tell us all about it.

There is a website and that site is listed at the side of this page. The Cafe Fleuri Chocolate Bar is located inside the Langham Hotel, 250 Franklin Street Boston, Massachusettes 02110, and the telephone number is (617) 451 1900.


Eating The Road said...

I have the same much chocolate/sugar can one consume in an afternoon. I'm assuming if you went into your local candy shoppe you could get plenty for $40.

That being said...I've always wanted to eat here. I'd say eat a light breakfast consisting of breads prior to attending. One of these days I'll make it out to Boston. I'd love to hear what others thought and especially what you think once you go. It seems like it's almost a rite of passage.

Anonymous said...

Great! We ate there a month ago. It was a dream come true. They were kids friendly. The "food" was first class. We will wait another year to go again or we will need new pants...