Dandelion Chocolate, the new chocolate cafe at the Venetian, just opened with a menu of chocolate dishes and retail items for sale. The company specializes in single origin bean-to-bar chocolate and features a chocolate-focused menu by executive pastry chef Lisa Vega and Eater Young Gun Annie Kamin in San Francisco.
The small cafe takes its design inspiration from what the company calls “a refined oasis in the desert — a place to be refreshed.”
Masaki Kato of Puddle Inc. in Tokyo, who designed all the Dandelion stores in Japan, and U.S. architect Monica Sanga created the look for this location, using raw and refined materials.
Natural materials help the space evoke the feel of the desert. The center island, for example, features a base made from sand blasted Las Vegas stone sourced locally. Copper finds a home on the top of the center island and in details throughout the space. The walls use wood, textured to create a dune-like look. The pale pink color on bookcases recalls the desert sunset, while the limestone flooring replicates sand. Finally, the Corian community table was custom made using a thermal process and features a stone color.