After decades of playing second fiddle to savoury courses, desserts are finally striking out as an art form in their own right. We pick our favourite dessert bars across the region
ROOM 4 DESSERT, UBUD
The latest locale of veteran pastry chef Will Goldfarb, Room 4 Dessert is a playful dessert den nestled in the heart of Bali's cultural nexus of Ubud. Designed for intimate enjoyment, the nine-course degustation menu takes diners on a delectable descent into the cheeky mind of the head chef, with dishes sporting names such as Ghostface Keller – a concoction of reblochon cream, papaya, cacao nibs and apple tatin topped off with a doughnut – and Chocobubbles, a divine combination of home-baked cookies with warm mousse, nougatine and kluwak, a nut that grows only in the wild and is poisonous if not fermented correctly. Appropriately, it is to die for.