THE DESSERT – A sweet treat for breakfast and dessert

By Eleni Upah

After sitting down for an all-you-can-eat buffet, the end feeling is usually that of satisfaction. Empty plates cover the table, and your stomach is full to the point where your jeans would be unbuttoned if it were socially acceptable.

But then you remember you haven’t had dessert yet.

Fruit and sweet treats are especially popular — and healthy — dessert items, especially when paired with rich chocolate.

Fruit and sweet treats are especially popular — and healthy — dessert items, especially when paired with rich chocolate.

Normally, at a restaurant that requires payment for each course, you might forget about dessert and go home to satisfy your sweet tooth craving. At a buffet, on the other hand, you’ve already paid for that piece of pie, that dish of ice cream — or that chocolate fountain.

Malo’s Sunday Bandit Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. comes with a dessert not to be outdone. Atop a white- and black-clothed table sits the stainless steel tower with perfectly melted chocolate cascading down its four tiers.

This isn’t just Hershey’s chocolate — Malo keeps with its Latin/Mexican theme to make a decadent blend of dark chocolate, milk chocolate and an imported Mexican chocolate that contains 66 percent cacao.

Variety is the cornerstone to the buffet, and though the chocolate stays the same, the treats provided for dipping into the sweet nectar come in sweet, salty and even healthy selections.

An assortment of dipping foods surrounds the fountain, including grapes, melon, strawberries, pineapple, pretzels, graham crackers and marshmallows. Malo is continually expanding on its menu, so what you’ll find on the table varies. “The items change frequently, and the chefs keep coming up with new items every week,” said Nick Bopes, general manager of the restaurant.

Malo’s chocolate fountain has found success on its weekend menu, and especially with the younger crowd.

“We have seen a strong response to the fountain from our diners,” said Bopes. “It is very popular amongst families, as the kids enjoy dipping and eating.”

Despite its rich flavors, this is one dessert that won’t leave you feeling slow and sluggish. It’s a light dish perfectly suited to end the meal with just a little something sweet.

“We thought it was a great way to cap off our Bandit Brunch Buffet,” Bopes said. “We like to highlight the subtle spice of Mexican chocolate, so we thought this was a fun way to bring dessert to our buffet.” RELISH                 

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