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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ladymhk.com