Weekender picks five of our favorite treats from the restaurant’s new brunch menu, which launched on July 7, along with a few icy delights to beat the summer heat.
Making chocoholics’ dreams come true since 1996, Max Brenner started out in Israel and has since expanded to include more than 50 locations around the world. Its first Japan branch opened in 2013, while the latest and biggest branch in Japan opened in April 2016 in Ikspiari shopping mall at Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba.
While probably most famous for creating the chocolate pizza, Max Brenner continues to innovate, so you’ll often find unique menu items popping up as the seasons change and trends evolve. But the common theme that always remains is the idea that chocolate is a way of life. Every time you enter a Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, it’s like you’ve been transported into the center of a chocolate love story – all your senses are catered for, from holding a warm, rounded mug as you sip on hot chocolate to breathing in its heady aroma.
Need more inspiration to visit one of the cafés? Read on for Weekender’s five most anticipated dishes on the new brunch menu, which launched on July 7, and for our top three cooling desserts on the limited summer menu.
Top Five Brunch Treats
1. Bagels Dipped in Chocolate
If you’re the type who likes to keep your breakfast combo a little more simple, you might enjoy this soft plain bagel that’s served with chocolate fondue as well as a cheese dip. It also comes with your choice of tea or coffee. ¥600
2. Cacao Nibs Granola
Picking up on the cacao trend, Max Brenner offers this new healthy dish featuring plain yogurt, strawberries, banana, and granola with delicious, rich cacao nibs containing roasted shells from cacao beans. ¥700
3. Grilled Cheese Panini
When it comes to finding a satisfying snack, you can’t go wrong with a bacon and cheese toasted sandwich, and this version comes on a wholewheat panini after being baked to perfection. Also served with a mini side salad. ¥750
4. Margherita Panini
Moving towards a more savory experience, this panini is made from wholewheat flour and baked with basil sauce, tomato, and mozzarella cheese. It’s served with a mini side salad too, making it a good option for healthier eaters. ¥750
5. Chocolate French Toast
Start your day with fluffy French toast and crunchy granola topped with freshly sliced strawberries and banana, and drizzled with melted milk chocolate. Bound to satisfy those who have both a sweet and savory tooth. ¥800
Best of the Summer Menu
Max Brenner Chocolate Bar is offering a limited menu between July 7 and August 31, 2016. Here are three delicious desserts to try while the heat is on:
1. Max’s I Scream Chocolate Pizza
The ever-popular chocolate pizza gets a twist for the warmer months. Enjoy the contrast of hot and cold as it comes topped with vanilla ice cream and roasted marshmallows that melt in your mouth. ¥900
2. Luxury Milkshake
If you’re in a particularly indulgent mood, then this one’s for you. Beautiful to look at, this decadent chocolate shake comes topped with whipped cream, a mini ice cream cone, cookies, a strawberry, chocolate balls, and a waffle. ¥1,400
3. Salted Pineapple Choctail
Last but not least, this smoothie-style milkshake is Max Brenner’s seasonal recommendation. It’s made with white chocolate and pineapple, has a hint of salt, and is served in their original Alice cup (note the words “Drink Me” running up the side). ¥750
Introducing Max Brenner’s Kids’ Workshops
Looking for something fun to do with the family? Head to Max Brenner’s Hiroo Plaza branch for twice-monthly events where kids get to create chocolate desserts, and enjoy plenty of other exciting activities. Great for birthday parties! For more information or to make a booking, call 03 6450 2400.
5-6-6 Hiroo Plaza, Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
Phone: 03 6450 2400
4-12-10 Omotesando Hills, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Phone: 03 5413 5888
1-1-2 Tokyo Skytree Town, Oshiage, Sumida-ku
Phone: 03 5610 6400
1-4 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba
Phone: 047 325 9170
North Gate Bldg, 3-1-3 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka
Phone: 06 6147 7440