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Notch8's Chocolate Cave a Valentine's Day chocoholic's fantasy

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DH Vancouver Staff Feb 11, 2016 10:15 am

The ever-glamourous Notch8 Restaurant & Bar is stepping up their game this Valentine’s Day with a chocolate sensory experience that is sure to knock the socks off any sweet-toothed chocoholic.

Housed within the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Notch8 will unveil their Willy Wonka-esque all-chocolate room (cave) made specially for Cupid’s Day of love. The “Chocolate Cave” will be open for dinner guests as well as dessert-only guests the nights of February 13 and 14.

Working with their engineering team, Notch8 plans to install custom floor-to-ceiling chocolate-covered walls to surround the restaurant’s Private Dining Room. The hotel’s in-house pastry shop will create over 25 different hand-crafted chocolate desserts for guests to indulge in, including a chocolate fountain, hand-formed truffles, Notch8 signature #OMG cake, éclairs, Italian chocolate meringues, white chocolate cheesecake, and more.

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Notch8 Executive Chef Cameron Ballendine brought the idea of the “Chocolate Cave” to the elegant new restaurant after having executed something similar at a previous workplace. This is the first time he’ll be helming an entire room wherein every surface is chocolate, from the walls to the candle-holders.

The room will be as intimate as a cave, thanks to dim lighting; Ballendine says in the past when the warmth of the candles activates the chocolate aroma, he’s known some true chocolate fanatics have the experience bring them to tears. (No, there will not be chocolate-coated tissues to dry your eyes with.)

The staff, including Pastry Chef Charles Massion, have been hard at work crafting all the luxurious details for the room and the food, and they will all get together Friday to get the room “painted” with chocolate–a delicious task, indeed. We did ask what the contingency plan is in case guests get a little carried away and try to lick the walls (hey, we had to ask) and the very professional crew assured us they’d tidy up and re-paint.

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Notch8’s chocolate sensory experience will be available in conjunction with their specially-crafted five-course Valentine’s Day dinner ($95 per person) or just as a dessert option with a glass of bubbly ($30 a person), offered from 9 p.m. onwards, on February 13 and 14. No matter which option is chosen, guests are promised a delectable evening as they pick and choose their way through the all-you-can-eat chocolate spread.

Take a look at some of the chocolate artistry taking place in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver kitchen in preparation for Valentine’s Day weekend:

Getting chocolate on the restaurant's #OMG cake (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Getting chocolate on the restaurant’s #OMG cake (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Dipping strawberries into chocolate (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Dipping strawberries into chocolate (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Beautiful chocolates (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Beautiful chocolates (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Treats like eclairs and fudge are presented on chocolate-painted boards (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Treats like eclairs and fudge are presented on chocolate-painted boards (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

More chocolatey treats (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

More chocolatey treats (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

This jarred S'mores-inspired treat is new to the Notch8 dessert menu (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

This jarred S’mores-inspired treat is new to the Notch8 dessert menu (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Notch8 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Address: 900 West Georgia Street

Phone: 604-662-1900

Twitter: @fairmontvan

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