Once per month (maybe more) I will be doing a segment called “Adventures in Food” where I try out a restaurant in Universal Studios Orlando or Islands of Adventure. Why not start out with the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen! It’s fairly new on the scene, opened on September 22 2016, the restaurant features a sweet shop and a full fledged sit down dining experience. The decor features an all out eye extravaganza of the steampunk genre.
I loved the steampunk aesthetics, from the furnishings to the costumes of the servers. All really well thought out and imagined. The backstory is that of Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinkerer Toothsome, a mouthful to say, but perhaps that’s the point. Her story is laid out on the menu. Also featured is her clockwork steampunk robot Jacques. I can’t say enough about the immersive experience eating at this restaurant.
The food was good. Well above par for theme park restaurants. I had the Fork & Knife Grilled Rib Eye Steak Sandwich. Priced at $14.95, it’s certainly an affordable meal for a theme park dining experience. The sandwich itself was adorned with: Sauteed onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, arugula, herb shallot aioli, horseradish cheese, toasted onion brioche. It was quite tasty, but personally I’d prefer a bit more meat on the sandwich.
Desserts are where Toothsome shines. Mind you, I’m not a big dessert person, but I do like chocolate. I had the Bacon Brittle Shake, made of Bacon Ice Cream, bacon brittle, chocolate covered bacon and bacon caramel. Now at first though you might think those flavors don’t go together, but rest assured they do! A third of the way into the milkshake I was on chocolate sweet overload, unable to finish. You do get to keep the collector cup it came in, which was a nice surprise.
An excellent addition to Universal Orlando. The food was tasty, the atmosphere out of this world and the sweets to die for. I highly recommend making this a “must eat” while on your vacation.
Special Thanks to Image Core Photography for the excellent photographs. Image Core Photography is top notch when it comes to Theme Park Photography. More photos below.