I just can’t resist ordering a dessert when I’m out for dinner. Luckily I don’t eat out that often, but when I do, I go to town.
Well, I go to South Bank. I live nearby and my day job office is right near the parklands so I’ve sated my sweet tooth in many South Bank restaurants. Here are five favourite desserts that I’ve personally taste tested in the area, a list I look forward to adding to.
Opposite and up a bit from the Plough Inn, this shop looks kind of like a Disney mad scientist’s lab, with its metal equipment, dramatic smoke and attendants garbed in aprons, white caps and protective glasses. Once you’ve chosen your flavour, you watch the attendants do something tricky
with liquid nitrogen and cream in a silver bowl, and voila – your dessert is served. It’s not all about the show. My salty popcorn caramel ice cream had real chunks of caramel popcorn through it and the creamy texture was perfection.
I could eat dumplings all day, and now that I’ve discovered Harajuku Gyoza have a whole dessert menu it may actually happen. They look just like regular gyoza, but one bite releases a burst of Nutella, salted caramel, or peanut butter white chocolate… need I say more?
I’ve only ever eaten in The Charming Squire restaurant part once, but the Peanut Butter Soufflé will forever be cherished in my memory. Fluffy and warm, this airy pudding came with ice cream and a mini jug of hot chocolate sauce, so I could break the top and fill it with goodness. A quick look at the menu reveals that they’re now making a Molten Malteser Soufflé, so looks like I’m heading back!
The udder light fixtures at Cowch have always thrown me off, but once I was distracted by my Cookie Pancake Stack they could have been live goblins and I
wouldn’t have noticed. Crumbled Tim-Tams, Oreos and ice cream topped a stack of pancakes that were coated with melted milk chocolate, a sweet tooth’s fantasy. Next time I’m going to try a dessert pizza or a naked pop –a gourmet Paddlepop that you dip in your choice of sauce and toppings.
I had to put in these old favourites, because nothing hits the spot like a cookie and ice cream sandwich. I have experimented with cookie dough sheets and ice cream varieties, but in the end, the classic combo of Nutella cookies, Nutella ice cream, crumbled Oreos and chocolate sauce sends me to my happy place. I also adore the Crème de la Crème at Doughnut Time, with its custard filling and toffee drizzled crunch.
Food goal: to combine the two, and somehow have a doughnut ice cream sandwich? Has anyone had this? Please comment!