On Thursday John and I trekked out to Universal in the hopes of eating at the new Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, a steampunk-themed dreamland that serves as restaurant, gift shop, and take-out dessert bar.
(Toothsome replaces the old NBA restaurant next to Hard Rock.)
The grand opening isn't until this Fall, but Toothsome is currently in soft-open previews, which means irregular, unscheduled serving hours. The gift shop and take-out section appear to be open full-time, though, so you can see a healthy chunk of City Walk's newest attraction even if you don't get seated.
But luck was with us, you guys: WE GOT SEATED.
Not only that, we were the very first diners seated that day. And yes, I was screeching nonstop the entire time.
But enough talk, because I took nearly 400 photos, and I wanna see how many I can cram into one post.
There's a lot of movement to the exterior: the overhead gears turn, those golden twists on the left rotate, and those giant brass canisters on the right have gauge needles that spin.
Obligatory HDR shot, taken with my iPhone.
We should probably go in now, huh?
Up the entry stairs and into the lobby, where the overhead view is so spectacular it needs a panorama: