Sweet sur­ren­der

Crav­ing a treat? Here’s where to find sugar, spice and all things nice.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glam Guide -

Dur­ban

Spoon­ful Eatery 90 He­len Joseph Rd, Glen­wood; 031 201 2585 Tasty savoury op­tions abound on the menu, but it’s the sweet stuff that has us com­ing back for more. The choco­late brownie with red vel­vet Ital­ian frost­ing (R25), and espresso and salted caramel cup­cake (R22) are es­pe­cially heav­enly. Story Dur­ban 3 Lums­den Cres, Morn­ing­side; 031 827 8679 Dessert is the high­light of a fine din­ner at this invit­ing spot. The vanilla spiced panna cotta driz­zled with a straw­berry gas­trique and Chan­tilly cream (R70) is a stand­out, and the crème brûleé with cin­na­mon ice cream (R79) is al­most too pretty to eat. Ebb & Flo Cafe 1 Palm Blvd, Gate­way Cen­tre, Umh­langa; 031 566 3084 Post-shop­ping treats don’t get much bet­ter than this. The Big Ap­ple (caramelised ap­ple and honey piped dough­nut with whipped cream; R45) or the home­made sticky tof­fee pud­ding served with vanilla ice cream (R49) are the must-tries.

Joburg

Gemelli Cucina Bar Cnr Main Rd and Post­house St, Shop 13, Post­house Link Cen­tre, Bryanston; 010 591 4333 The dessert menu at this au­then­tic Ital­ian eatery would make any sweet lover swoon. Our favourites in­clude the beau­ti­fully plated Choco­late Neme­sis (R85) and, a twist on the clas­sic cheese­cake, the Al­mond Nougat Torta di For­mag­gio (R85). Crumbs & Cream Cnr Ox­ford Rd and Cor­lett Dr, Illovo Junc­tion, Illovo; 081 343 2761 Love cook­ies, waf­fles and ice cream with mega top­pings? Then this should be your go-to spot. Ice-cream sand­wiches (from R38) are the spe­cial­ity and you can ex­plore mor­eish flavours like Turk­ish de­light, caramel cheese­cake and ba­nana fudge (from R29) or take home a box of cook­ies (R100). Vovo Telo 22 Lone­hill Blvd, Lone­hill Shop­ping Cen­tre, Lone­hill; 011 024 2233 Vovo Telo may be best known for its great break­fasts and ar­ti­san breads, but the ex­ten­sive menu of baked de­lights here is equally tempt­ing. So, whether you’re in the mood for an in­dul­gent spread or just go­ing for a lit­tle treat, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed. The choco­late brownie with mas­car­pone (R33) and lemon meringue tartlets (R26) get our spe­cial vote.

Cape Town

Hon­est Choco­late Café 64A Wale St, CBD; 076 765 8306 The fo­cus at this cosy and stylish ar­ti­sanal shop is on pure, su­perqual­ity choco­late, all hand-crafted us­ing old-school meth­ods and or­ganic in­gre­di­ents. For some­thing un­usual, try the ba­nana bread bunny chow filled with vanilla ice cream and choco­late spread (R45) or the Mex­i­can Spiced hot choco­late (R32). The Cream­ery Cnr Dean and Main St, New­lands Quar­ter, New­lands; 021 686 3975 This hap­pen­ing ca­sual-chic ‘dessert café’ is per­fect for sweet fixes, day or night, and the temp­ta­tions range from de­li­cious hand­made ice cream by the scoop (from R34) to bril­liant ba­nana splits (R60), and clas­sic waf­fles and ice cream (sin­gle scoop; R48 and dou­ble scoop; R72). My Sugar 77 Re­gent St, La Rhone Build­ing, Sea Point; 021 433 2335 You’ll find a de­lec­ta­ble range of hand­made choco­late truf­fles, from clas­sic to skull-shaped, at this trendy and wel­com­ing choco­late and cof­fee bar. Don’t miss the milk­shakes in flavours like but­ter­scotch pop­corn, cookie but­ter and caramelised co­conut (from R55). And, while you’re at it, try the crème brûleé dough­nut with vanilla cus­tard (R40) or the lemon meringue dough­nut with zingy and re­fresh­ing lemon curd (R40).

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