RIP: Death by Chocolate Review

   Imagine a buffet of gourmet food and expertly made desserts crafted out of exquisite chocolate. Only in Paris, right? I think not. The Death by Chocolate buffet in downtown Calgary is something to try. Located inside the fancy Fairmont Palliser Hotel, this rich buffet has expertly crafted desserts and dishes. The dinner buffet and the dessert buffet come separate, but trying both is definitely something to consider.

   The dinner was very well-balanced. There was a fair selection of hot and cold foods, both selections including vegetables, meats, and seafood. The buffet selections were not massive like a regular buffet. The food was quite rich, so you won’t be leaving empty. Some dishes that stood out in particular for me were the marinated mushrooms, salmon filets, mashed potatoes, and the cold shrimp, scallops, and crab legs. Everything is flavoured so it doesn’t overwhelm your taste buds too much in time for the dessert, but it is enough for you to really enjoy the meal. Overall, I rate the dinner a strong nine out of ten.

   A lot of dessert after the dinner is only for the strong stomache. I only managed to have one plate of dessert along with some extras. Some desserts included various cheesecakes, cream puffs, mousse, cakes, squares, and a large milk chocolate fountain with different kinds of fruit to dip. My favourite by far was the mocha-chocolate cake. It was rich, but the mocha and chocolate flavours were well-balanced and it had a very luxurious texture. I was not a fan of the cream puffs because the middle was very custard tasting. One of the guests in my party was brought a specialty cake made with Bernard Callebaut chocolate. The cake had a softer texture than that of regular chocolate cake, and was also very rich. I would rate the dessert buffet an eight out of ten.

   The Death by Chocolate buffet is definitely something to put on your bucket list. If you want to celebrate one night, or if you just want to dress up and eat some good food, then I strongly recommend heading out on a Monday night (the only night the buffet runs) and having a taste.

Have you tried it? What was your opinion of the buffet?


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