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Sweet finish: Hand-painted chocolates at the Bite Restaurant in the Hotel Murano are as pretty as they are delicious

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Dec. 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm | No Comments »
December 6, 2010 9:26 pm
Hand-painted artisan chocolates from Truman Chocolates are offered on the dessert menu at the Bite Restaurant in the Hotel Murano.

I bit into seriously sweet treats recently while dining on a decadent burger at the Hotel Murano’s Bite restaurant (watch for the burger story next week). Click “more” to read all about the chocolates.

Dessert at the Bite goes well beyond the obligatory creme brulee (although they do have that, in lemon) or standard molten chocolate cake (I may stab myself with my fork if I see yet another restaurant with that tired confectionery still on the menu. Find the next dessert trend already!).

The Bite’s dessert menu lists things so enjoyable sounding, I might be tempted to eschew dinner in favor of just eating dessert. I liked the looks of the mile high chocolate cake ($8) that promised a Homer Simpson drool inducing 10 layers of cake and buttercream. The Krispy Kreme bread pudding ($7) is, I’m sure, a delicious, if not kitschy spin on those fluffy, airy donuts that everyone seems to like except for me (give me Pao’s or give me donut death!). And homemade milkshakes ($7) punctuate the funky Americana twists for which Executive Chef Matt Stickle is known.

But it was this fussy sounding menu item that caught my eye – hand-painted artisan chocolates for two ($12).

The chocolates, pictured here, are hand crafted by Truman chocolates, a Texas-based company. Nine painted chocolates arrived on a luminescent tray that was a perfect backdrop for showcasing the vibrant colors. The tray of chocolates practically glowed.

The chocolates – flavored ganache coated with white, dark and milk chocolate – arrived with a printed guide, which I appreciated for helping with identifying the flavors. The cinnamon surprised with a kicky back of throat heat. Honey was a decadent mouthful that I could barely finish. Too rich for me. The mimosa was tinged with just a kiss of citrus, leaving me wanting for a second piece. I’m not sure what the other two pieces were, I couldn’t finish them and I sent my dining partner home with the remaining pieces.

Take a look at the offerings from Truman chocolates at their website here. The site has a handy mouse-over feature that helps you identify the chocolates.

Bite Restaurant at Hotel Murano
Where: 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma
Info: 253-238-8000 or www.hotelmuranotacoma.com
Read my review of the Bite restaurant’s over-the-top fries and gravy here.

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