Designer Desserts; Focus is on creative and entertaining presentations, and of course chocolate!
The name and entrance sign are deceptively enticing. As such, I was looking forward to a delicious dessert here upon arrival, but felt a bit cheated upon departure. The place itself is cozy with decent lighting, but it's old-looking and lacking. I had an espresson gelato smoothie, which left more to be desired. My friend had some sort of berry sundae, which was alright. Pricey for the quality, but it's an alright place if you have nowhere else to go.
i went here in late november for dessert after a nice dinner at a different restaurant. figured we'd make use of our entertainment book... what a waste.
I agree with all the other reviews - place needs sprucing up BADLY, the menus are old, tired, and sticky... half of the stuff on the menu they don't make anymore. I ordered something that was supposed to have chocolate cake in it. What I got was partially cooked batter. Even the sauce couldn't mask how badly done it was. My boyfriend ordered a cheesecake, also the driest cheesecake we have ever tasted. We complained to the waitress, her response, "It comes to us like that, it's fully cooked." So you can tell it's definitely not made in house anymore. And anything that is served warm is actually just microwaved.
Also, they don't serve "Dessert" until 7:00 PM. So they have coffee and pre-cut cake and pastires until then. Honestly what's the difference?
A place called "Death by Chocolate" evokes something romantic, sensuous, and decadent. My senses were overloaded, that's for sure... and not in a good way. Overall, just terrible. I wish I had the guts to refuse to pay for the desserts (even with the coupon)... honestly for the value we could have gone to Dairy Queen and died from chocolate overload because at least what we would have ordered there would have actually resembled the description from the menu.
Freezer burnt ice cream cake for $9, cheesecake that was soggy in the centre and stale and dry on the outside, and carrot cake far below even budget grocery store standards. I'd never been before, and I will never go back. When my partner's espresso came, our group all had to laugh. It had NO crema at all, as if it were just a really small cup of watery drip coffee. And the waitress didn't ask us if there was anything wrong when none of us even half finished our desserts.
What boggles the mind is that ever table was full.
Don't go here. Ever.
I feel like its 1994 when I walk into this place. Menu is not very exciting, and although the dessert still taste ok, restaurants are a better place to grab a sweet tooth satisfaction. The 'fad' of dessert-only places is over, and this has to update or get out. True confections earns much higher points for quality and choice, so dont even bother with this place. Still busy enough to get sub-par help, I honestly cannot think of how they still get a draw.
My boyfriend and I went there as a nice end to a romantic evening. It helped that we also had the Entertainment Book two for one coupon.
They have a lot on the menu, but the items are very costly for what you get out of them. We both chose the Trinity (I believe that's what it's called) which seemed to be the only item worth its price tag. It was excellent. However, I asked for a drink and was handed a luke-warm snapple lemonade. Apparently drinks besides coffee aren't a popular item.
The service was really poor and the staff were unfriendly and some even rude. The menus were sticky, which is really discouraging.
The only positive thing was that the food we had was good and inexpensive because of the coupon. The rest of the items seemed far from worth it, which is why I gave it a lower rating.
When I came here for the first time (about four years ago), I was impressed by the binder-size menu and found the interesting dessert names quite funny. Since then, every time I've been to this place (probably six by now), the desserts (waffles and cakes) have been consistent in quality, and the service has been fairly good. However, Death by Chocolate has had same menu for the past four years. I think they should probably do away with somewhat dated names (like "formerly known as Prince") and perhaps upgrade? Despite this point, the place is a good choice for tourists who don't visit Van often.
Under a craving for dessert, we headed into Death by Chocolate. A 45 minute wait (estimated to be "about 20 minutes" by the one waitress serving the whole floor) was spent sitting on a couch by the door, seemingly convieniently located in front of the dessert display.
However, if you were looking at the display, you'd be smack in the middle of the narrow walkway from one end of the restaurant to the other. As a result, while we were picking out what we wanted, the waitress yelled at us telling us to move. At this point we decided to just order take out from the bored-looking guy standing at the counter.
Dessert when we got home was mediocre as the cake was dry, icing was too thick. Overall, if you wanted a crappy piece of grocery-store bakery cake, go to Superstore. At least there will be no rude waitress there to yell at you. Tip? $0.
Came here after having dinner at another restaurant. We ordered a Peanut Butter Cheesecake and Coffee for my friend. My friend liked the coffee, but I thought it was too bitter. The cheesecake was good though. However I felt it was overpriced at 6.95 per slice for cake that wasn't super good. I feel like this place has good potential though if it focused more on the desserts. Perhaps it was because we went near closing that there weren't that many options ons display. But I really liked the service, very attentive and friendly although we only ordered coffee and dessert. I also liked the ambiance; it was nice place to sit and relax after a night out.
Went back to Death by Chocolate for a 2nd time last night. I wasn't impressed the first time when I had some chocolate mousse cake there. My friend wanted to go there so I gave it another try. This time I tried the menu item...some chocolate molten cake thing. I was totally disappointed as the chocolate cake was nothing special...not really molten...just a chocolate cake with a lot of chocolate syrup that you probably get from safeway...Then there's a big chunk of some other chocolate mousse on the side.
So, since Vancouver has a limited number of good dessert place.. I guess there aren't a lot of choices....but this is not that good really!
the food was okay. i ordered the hugs n kisses which is basically brownies with cream cheese. it was good but didn't impress me so much. with the name "death by chocolate" i thought they would have better chocolate cakes. but again, it didn't taste bad.
the price was around $7, which i think is kinda expensive for a "not very special" cake.
i don't really like the ambiance. last time they turned on very loud music, but it was actually from radio. so smetimes heard loud advertisements, which was annoying.
Their cakes are to die for. The chocolate melts in your mouth. It makes you want more.
I usually go there on my way back from work. I buy myself a peice of cake or something sweet for after dinner.
I say that people should try it out. You will not be disappointed.
i have moved to vancouver not long ago and always wanted to stop to death of chocolat. Finally today, i made the time to do it. We walked in and the food case was great with expansive choices. My partner only wanted a drink and obviously a hot chocolat. As funny as it sounds, it was uneasy to find the " hot chocolat" on the board menu. The first advertisement is Coffees. then, we finally decided what we wanted so we moved to the counter, my partner asked for a halzenut hot chocolat, the person behind the counter did get what she asked so she nicely brang the box (the same kind of box i've got at home!) to confirm that it's the flavor she wanted.
We have enjoyed our short stay at the shop. The shop is colourful, the music was superb but going to the death of chocolat was, at least in our mind, a treat. But instead, we had only 4 choices of "hot chocolate" and the fact that we've been show the box of chocolate as impact our view of the store/brand.
I would still go back to the store as the atmospher was nice but I would not expect this great "chocolaterie" but a coffee place where you've got 4 "hot chocolate" choices. And yes, good looking desserts.
I used to work near this location and would go for coffee everyday, and it was a pleasant place to go. Now it is a different story. The place is dark and depressing, it was absolutely filthy. The linen tablecloths were all disgusting (I looked at all the tables around me)they look like they haven't been washed in ages, the window ledges and floor hadn't been dusted in what looked liked months. There was stuff stuck to the inside of the windows. There are unfinished, open repairs. Instead of having the containers of gelato, they had premade scoops in a pan that were melting all over the place, as the cooler didn't seem to be working properly. Which didn't make them very appetizing. To top it all off, the place is in desperate need of a paint job and something needs to be done with that floor! When trying to order a beverage from the ones that they advertised that they had, I had to choose 3 different ones before they could find one that they 'actually' had and when they did, it was warm, they didn't have it in the cooler, so I ended up with water. Needless to say, I will never go back and it has turned me off of the whole franchise. Someone from the head office really needs to do spot checks on these places to make sure that they are doing a good job at representing the name.
Went back to death by chocolate after a year or so...they have made some good changes.
First thing I noticed that they do not have any servers. After chatting with the manager, they mentioned it was ensure that they are not forcing the clients to pay more because of the increasing costs of labour. Very thoughtful! I was very happy to hear that.
There are close to 2 dozen cakes in the display. They are very good quality.
Their dessert menu is still great! I recommend my favourite - Devil in Disguise!
They even sell full cakes now. I took one for a party and it was the talk of the party. make sure to reserve a cake so you are not disappointed.
I can just imagine how hard it must be to compete with the big restaurant chains around the area. Kudos to them for sticking with this and making it a nice place to enjoy delicious desserts.
I support them because their stuff is great and because they are local! They are nice local people.