For Silver week, my roommate Meghan and I ventured out to Osaka station to try out a new restaurant. Lucua Department store in Osaka station renovated and re-opened back at the beginning of April. Within Lucua 1100, a lot of new stores and restaurants opened up. One restaurant that opened up inside the newly renovated department store was Max Brenner Chocolate Bar. I have wanted to eat there since it had opened, but the lines were horrendously long for a very long time, but recently it has settled down and we decided to finally try it out!
When you first walk up to the resturant, you can choose to either take out or eat inside the restaurant. The takeout menu isn’t as extensive as the eat in menu, but you can take out most anything except the chocolate fondue.
While we were standing in line, we looked at the menu and decided on the “Party Platter”, which included the famous European Fondue and Chocolate Chunks Pizza. We also each ordered the Italian Thick Hot Chocolate.
You walk up to the counter and order first and then sit down with your number at a seat of your choice. After that, the staff brings you your order.
The inside of the restaurant was very chic, all in brown. The chandlers were a very nice touch! The window looked out into Osaka station and a great place to people watch.
First item that came was the Italian Thick Hot Chocolate. I ordered it in Milk Chocolate while Meghan ordered it in White Chocolate.
It lived up to it’s name, being very thick! The Milk Chocolate one in particular was rich, but the White Chocolate was a bit easier to drink I thought. You can also order it in Dark Chocolate as well, and next time I want to try that!
Then, the main meal arrived; The Party Platter!
First was the Plate with the Chocolate Chunks Pizza, Banana Split Waffle, and Strawberry Hazelnut Crepe.
Next, was the Chocolate Fondue. You can order it in Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, or Dark Chocolate, but we opted for Milk Chocolate.
There even was a mini fire to roast the marshmallows before dipping it into the melted chocolate, making it taste just like s’mores, but without the graham crackers.
The Marshmallow Pizza (Chocolate Chunk Pizza) was hard to cut because of the crust and was the richest out of the 3 of them. Most of the customers around us ordered the pizza in the half size, as it came with 2 slices. This and the Party Platter seemed to be the most popular items ordered from what I saw.
The Banana Split Waffle was delicious! My favorite part was the caramelized banana on the top of the waffle, which gave it an extra bit of sweetness. It also came with some ice-cream, that I believe to be toffee or caramel flavored.
I liked the Crepe the best out of the 3 desserts, as it wasn’t as rich as the others. I liked how the strawberries were inside the Crepe with the chocolate. The strawberries also helped balance out the richness of the chocolate and it made a great combination!
In the end, both Meghan and I were both full because the chocolate was so rich and we weren’t able to finish everything! Next time I go, I want to try the Mexican Hot Chocolate or one of the iced chocolate drinks that they have.
If you are a chocolate lover, I highly recommend Max Brenner Chocolate Bar. It has a good combination of different foods, all with chocolate of course! You also have the ability to choose what type of chocolate you want for most dishes, which is a nice touch. If you are in a hurry and do not want to wait in line, at least try one of the Chocolate Drinks to go. You won’t be disappointed!
They have 3 locations in Tokyo and 1 in Osaka. Click here for the Menu and for all the locations.