Cheat on your diet with these dessert bars

Junk days are com­ing to an end, which means you no longer have to feel pres­sured to fit into that size two bikini while suck­ing in both sets of cheeks. Eat, re­joice and be merry at some of the best dessert bars in town. By Les­lie Yeh

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You Had Us at Hello

A girly catch-up over a slice of cake and a pretty cock­tail or two is only a stone’s throw away at Jerry Maguire, the new cock­tail and dessert bar that landed in Cause­way Bay ear­lier this year. If you’re rolling with two or more, tackle the Jerry Maguire Cheese­cake Crunch—the retro shop’s sig­na­ture dessert which com­bines Bai­leys hazel­nut cheese­cake with crunchy bis­cuits and dark cho­co­late frozen foam ($268). There’s also a par­tic­u­larly In­sta-wor­thy cho­co­late lava pud­ding served with Grand Marnier vanilla gelato and Nutella soil ($108).

Pair it with: The whim­si­cal Alice the Won­der­land ($198) cock­tail made with 3-yearold Ha­vana Club rum, Mi­dori, el­der­flower syrup, mint and spun sugar. 23 Lan Fong Rd., Cause­way Bay, 2881-5008.

Café Cul­ture

A house­hold name in France, Dal­loyau Paris is one of Hong Kong’s top pur­vey­ors of fine French pas­tries— choco­lates, mac­arons, eclairs, you name it. Grab a sweet treat to go, or sit in at Le Café Dal­loyau, which is cur­rently serv­ing an af­ter­noon tea ($536 for two, through Oct 10) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with fash­ion brand Roger Vivier. Ex­pect dainty bites in­clud­ing “La Rose Fram­boise,” rasp­berry mousse short­bread de­signed off the Rose’n Roll col­lec­tion; and Gian­duja Rocher, a hazel­nut pra­line crème cake with a mi­cro di­a­mond cut de­sign.

Pair it with: A pot of Cey­lon Or­ange Pekoe tea, a golden, crisp and full-bod­ied Sri Lankan tea. Shop 403, 4/F, Ocean Cen­tre, Har­bour City, 3-27 Can­ton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3185-8330.

Guilt-Free Glut­tony

If you’re look­ing for a health-con­scious fix to your sug­ary crav­ings, look no fur­ther than The Cak­ery, an all-or­ganic, nu­tri­ent-rich dessert shop. With a range of gluten- and dairy-free recipes, The Cak­ery is all about healthy snack­ing that sat­is­fies your sweet tooth with min­i­mal guilt.

Stop by the new Pa­cific Place pop-up and dig into their baked treats; we dig the “Men in Black” cup­cake ($38) with a black sesame filling.

Pair it with: The Red Date & Gogi Berry Tea from Blooms Roast­ery & Craft Tea, served ex­clu­sively at the Pa­cific Place store. L2 Pop-Up, Pa­cific Place, 88 Queensway, Ad­mi­ralty, 6688-6883.

Cup­cake Na­tion

Sift is no stranger to Hong Kong’s dessert scene, but ev­ery time we stop by, we’re re­minded of just how per­fect their cho­co­late cup­cakes ($28) are. Soft and moist with­out be­ing overly dense or airy, the bat­ter stands up to its lus­cious top­ping of cho­co­late mocha frost­ing, but­ter­cream driz­zled with salted caramel, or triple cho­co­late ganache glaze. For a lighter bite, go for the tof­fee ap­ple made with the au­tum­nal fla­vors of ap­ple and cin­na­mon.

Pair it with: The deca­dent Val­rhona Hot

Cho­co­late with home­made marsh­mal­lows— or maybe a glass of cham­pagne. 46 Gra­ham St., Cen­tral, 2530-4288.

Dessert De­gus­ta­tion

If you have yet to try Sin­ga­porean pas­try chef Jan­ice Wong’s desserts at Cobo House by 2am Dessert Bar— you’re in for a treat. Named Best Pas­try Chef in 2013 and 2014 by Asia’s 50 Best Restau­rants, this young culi­nary star is push­ing the bound­aries of dessert mak­ing. Don’t miss the “Ky­oto Gar­den”—a na­ture-in­spired land­scape on a plate, with or­ange blos­som ice cream “rocks,” pis­ta­chio sponge, par­fait, or­ange blos­som jelly, apri­cot com­pote and lemon­grass ganache creat­ing an ed­i­ble scene (part of the dessert de­gus­ta­tion; $298 per per­son).

Pair it with: The “Sabi Sabi” mock­tail with green ap­ple puree, wasabi, lemon­grass syrup, el­der­flower cor­dial, lime juice and ginger beer. G/F & 1/F, 8/12 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, 2656-3088.

The Crêpe Es­cape

Lay­ers upon lay­ers of pa­per-thin crêpes make for an ethe­real de­light in cake bou­tique Lady M’s sig­na­ture “Milles Crêpes” creations (from $68 per slice). Given Hong Kong’s ob­ses­sion with ev­ery­thing Earl Grey, it’s no sur­prise that the Earl Grey Mille Crêpes is a big hit, with the pa­perthin crêpes in­fused with French Earl Grey tea, gar­nished with tea leaves and ed­i­ble blue corn­flow­ers. Other delights in­clude the Cho­co­late Mille Crêpes made with 20 hand­made crêpes lay­ered in co­coa and cho­co­late pas­try cream, and the light and aro­matic Green Tea Mille Crêpes.

Pair it with: A steam­ing cup of cof­fee or a hot latte with red rose petals. Lo­ca­tions in Har­bour City, Fash­ion Walk and IFC Mall. la­

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