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Jan 5, 2008 04:27 PM

New Dessert Cafe in San Diego - Eclipse Chocolat

Eclipse Chocolat owner William Gustwiller has opened a new dessert cafe and chocolate shop on El Cajon Boulevard, just down the street from Livewire and around the corner from Mama's - also close to the Red Fox Room. I went by today and sampled a few things - he has some truffles with unusual flavor combinations, brownies with add-ins like Muscavado Sugar, his own marshmallows, gingerbread, etc. He's also doing a cheese plate with a burnt caramel sauce that sounded good. He has espresso drinks (using Caffe Calabria coffee) and his own drinking chocolate, including a delicious hot white chocolate with vanilla bean and orange. The shop is really nice inside with fancy furnishings and stylish details. He's got a special right now of a dessert platter for two for $12.99 - with four items on it. If you like sort of arty, innovative chocolates it's definitely worth checking out.

He's got a blog - with more information about the shop and what he's doing. It sounds like he'll be doing some special events and adding some things to the menu. His chocolates are pretty good and he does nice little gift packages, etc. I think it will do well.

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  1. Hmm, will have to check it out after we finish our supply from Payard and leftover dessert from NYE. Glad to see you can get the truffles in N. County too!

    1. thanks for the report, it looks like just the thing I was thinking of when I was a little disappointed with heaven sent.

      1. Drinking chocolate! Yay! I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip.

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        1. re: ekomega

          WOW!!! I just checked this place out thanks to these posts. If you are serious about chocolate--this is the place. AMAZING combinations of flavors and the desserts are fantastic. I'll never set foot in Extraordinary Desserts again!

        2. Damn, that place looks amazing. Will definitely be checking it out soon.

          1. ditto to nessy, extraordinary desserts way too reliant on massive amounts of sugar. eclipse has complex flavors that are much more creative and taste better too. great place!!!