I came to MAD About Chocolate for lunch during a day trip to Colonial Williamsburg in early October 2012. A friend who went to William & Mary recommended to get the 'Death by Chocolate' dessert that Marcel Desaulniers created at Trellis. But since I was planning on eating elsewhere for dinner, I wanted to get a light, fast lunch during a break from activities at the Colonial Williamsburg. I found out about the Desaulniers' new venture MAD About Chocolate on TripAdvisor as I looked for a good option for lunch place.
The location of MAD About Chocolate is a little out of the way from the main commercial areas (DOG Street area), but it was within short walking distance. I thought it was actually nice to take a break from the big crowd.
The restaurant was small but had a very welcoming atmosphere. It was very nicely decorated in with lots of bright colors and patterns. I thought it went well with the 'main attraction' of the place, its chocolate-related products. The kitchen was right behind the counter, so you could see Mr. Desaulniers and his staff preparing the food for the guests.
I ordered the savory cheesecake of the day, which was served with salad and came out quite quickly. It was very delicious and perfect for a light lunch that still leave some room for dessert.
I also got the signature dessert, the MAD cake (I suppose it's their equivalence to the Death by Chocolate at Trellis). My first mistake was to underestimate and not checking the real size of this dessert. One slice was big enough to feed four people, and that's probably how most people eat it (to share). I was alone, and I had this monster chocolate cake to eat.
My second mistake was to attempt to finish that cake myself. I still had another half day to walk around in Colonial Williamsburg, so I didn't want to tote around leftover chocolate cake (which I wasn't sure would still be good if not refrigerated). So I went through about half of the cake until one of the store staff who came to pick up my empty lunch plate asked if I wanted a to-go box for the cake. I declined and told her I would try to finish it, but she knew better and gave me a box anyway.
I finally gave up and took the rest of the cake in the to go box. I went back to my car at the Visitor Center and left the leftover cake in the back seat covered with a jacket, and that turned out to be fine. In hindsight, I should have just enjoyed small portion of the cake and take the rest home.
The cake itself was not only about quantity but also more about quality. I thought it was among the best chocolate cakes I had ever had, you could taste the high quality and the mastery of the preparation, and I didn't feel sick of eating like what often time happened if eating too much of rich and sweet dessert.
While I was eating, I noticed also that Mrs. Desaulniers went around and talked to some of the patrons who gave great feedback on the lunch experience (and I noticed her responses on TripAdvisor reviews as well). That's a wonderful, personalized customer service that showed the love and care that went to this business by its owners.
Overall, I really enjoyed my lunch at MAD About Chocolate, and would highly recommend it (w/ caution on the cake size!) to anyone going to Williamsburg.