Pe­tal De­lights

From run­way to kitchen, the bold flo­ral trend is mak­ing its mark in the culi­nary world. By Sharmita Summugam.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Contents -

GAME CHANGER Side­car Dough­nuts stands out in a field of dessert par­lours with its fresh up­date on uniquely crafted dough­nuts. Chef Brooke De­sprez, Sumter Pen­der­grast, and Chi-Lin Pen­der­grast, co-founders, are all about be­ing ar­tis­ti­cally in­ven­tive with ev­ery­thing that comes out of their kitchen. These puffed-up sug­ary de­lights are crafted to sweet per­fec­tion with sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents, in­fused glazes, hand-crushed com­potes, and the pièce de ré­sis­tance—ed­i­ble rose gera­nium petals. What’s hap­pen­ing here is an evo­lu­tion of ev­ery­one’s favourite cheat-day treat. 631 Wil­shire Blvd, Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia. www.side­car­dough­

SPRING AWAKENING Toast to love at Meta. Its sleek, min­i­mal­ist set­ting is stun­ningly de­signed by Peter Tay, in­te­rior de­signer to the stars in­clud­ing Manolo Blah­nik and Richard Mille. The grace­ful am­bi­ence ra­di­ates all the way to the plates, and time-tested Asian dishes are of­fered with a thrilling spin and a French twist. Start the night on a good note with de­li­cious flo­ral sips of Whiter than Pale, a gin cock­tail with el­der­flower liqueur and dried roses. 9 Keong Saik Rd, Sin­ga­pore. www.metarestau­

A SHORE THING Quique Da­costa serves up dishes that speak de­li­ciously of his culture, the Mediter­ranean Sea, and the Span­ish way of life. His three Miche­lin-starred restau­rant of the same name, nes­tled in the old port town of Ali­cante, is a trea­sure trove brim­ming with fresh in­gre­di­ents. Each plate is a blank can­vas for Chef Da­costa; he tells a story with each dish. Armed with a unique eye for botany, he in­cor­po­rates finely se­lected flora into his dishes, cre­at­ing a culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence that takes the imag­i­na­tion through a jour­ney. Urb. El Poblet, Ctra, Las Mari­nas, Dé­nia, Ali­cante, Spain. www.quiqueda­

Mid- Sum­mer Gar­den Cake with ed­i­ble blos­soms at Side­car Dough­nuts

Cherry Blos­som

Black­berry and Rose Gera­nium dough­nuts

Whiter than Pale cock­tail by Meta

Rare Flow­ers

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