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Decadent Chocolate Saturdays at the Langham Hotel, Boston: What's your feedback?

The Langham Hotel, Boston is gearing up for their 22nd season of the Chocolate Bar, every Saturday from Sept. 11 - June 25. What's your experience with this event?

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  1. It is kind of fun to do once, but honestly I wasn't that impressed. Everything is sweet-sweet-sweet. I was hoping that there might be some things that didn't load on the sugar and that really emphasized the complexity of a good 75% or 80% dark chocolate bar, but there was nothing even close. My recollection is the best items were the petit fours and other little pastries, but everything is so sweet that it was hard to eat too much and so it ends up being a pretty terrible value. There were some more unusual things thrown in for variety - chocolate pasta, chocolate pizza -- but they just seemed kind of like a gimmick, I don't really recall much in the way of flavor complexity or depth.

    That said, I did enjoy myself, but mostly just for the novelty of the thing and the attractiveness and spectacle of the layout. If you want serious chocolate desserts with some thought and creativity in the flavor profile (beyond just sweet-sweet-sweet), I'd spend your money elsewhere; but if you are into the spectacle and novelty of the idea, go for it.

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    1. re: greenzebra

      It's interesting that the quality seems suspect, as, call me quick-ro-judge, just looking at the web site and the way the bar is presented, it didn't really seem like it would be high on quality. It sounds like a gimmick...$40, there's no way you could get good value out of that and who could really eat much of that without being sick? It sounds like $40 to feel sick is not a very good time...I'm sure one could get better bang for the buck somewhere else.

    2. I've never been, but a dessert-loving friend once described it as "like being set loose in a mediocre pastry shop."

      1. I just get annoyed by labeling such desserts or events "decadent," "sinful," "blasphemous," "polyamorous," "Caligula-worthy," etc. Good to know it's nothing to write home (or go to the confessional) about.

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        1. re: nsenada

          Hey Ensenada:

          If you here about a truly "Caligula-worthy" food or event I say we hit it!

          Stripey

        2. I haven't been to the chocolate orgy since it was Le Meridien, but my grandma really liked it.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

          1. I haven't been in more than 5 years, but I remember the Mexican Chocolate Soup as being fantastic.