The Chocolate Lounge by Mad Mac

French-influenced dessert bar that happens to serve food in Aventura.

What we had:

I had the Souvenir From The Islands square foccacia with chicken, pineapple, roasted tomato & curry. An interesting mix, it was light, non-greasy and felt mildly healthy.

My DH ordered the Croque Monsieur, but was brought the Croque Salmon instead. Both are open faced on fresh white bread, smoked salmon or ham, gruyere and very light béchamel. Since he couldn't really tell the difference (other than the color) for the first three bites, he stuck with it. A pretty decent sandwich.

Both came with mixed green salads with a house caesar, which was nice.

The food was very slow in coming out.


Very French, very girly without being too frou frou. Lots of clean-lined chocolate and pink.


Fairly non-existent, but not bad for being French. We were the only customers during our visit, and both people working the front--one in a suit and a black uniformed server drifted by at different times during the meal to check on us, and one right after the other to inquire about my DH's soda level. It was kind of bizarre. Maybe the server didn't understand that he didn't want a second can of Coke? Who knows.

Overall impressions:

This place is somewhat confused. It's all about dessert, as opposed to lunch or dinner, with fondues, macarons, ice cream, pastries, waffles & tea. It's like they spent weeks on the dessert menu and later decided that by offering lunch items, people would stay longer.

A little on the pricey side for what we got, but not terrible.


3 out of 5 salamanders

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