Dessert is definitely my favourite part of a meal and sometimes, my only part. I’m a firm believer in never eating too much so that you’re too full for dessert. As many of the great restaurants in London often have their dessert menus over-looked by about to burst customers, I’m going to share with you which restaurants have the best desserts I’ve tried.
Hawksmoor is a prime example of a restaurant that has an extensive dessert menu that is often over-looked by customers who are too full from their hearty steaks. With an assortment of tasty dessert items ranging from popcorn sundaes to macaroons and baked Alaskas, there’s plenty to fill your sweet spot.
The honeycomb sundae at Hawksmoor Guildhall is my favourite sundae in London. With chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and little pieces of honeycomb, it’s definitely up there with the best.
Equally worth a try is the Baked Alaska. This dessert masterpiece is like a maze of sweet treats: from the crispy meringue shell, to the ice cream centre, orange sorbet edge and inner sponge.
Hawksmoor has a number of restaurants in London, different restaurants offer different desserts. See http://thehawksmoor.com/ for details.
After dinner gelato or coffee can be found at this tiny Italian gelateria in Soho. If you’re like me and like to have a quick coffee buzz with a sweet taste, why not try their affogato? Affogato is espresso with a scoop of gelato on top. You can literally choose from any flavour gelato but they tell you what works best. Pistachio was my favourite and my friend tried salted caramel, which also worked quite well.
Gelupo, 7 Archer Street, Soho, nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus. http://www.gelupo.com/
Lanka in Primrose Hill is a Japanese Michelin star chef’s café. Specialising in French cakes, the tiny café has a very distinct Japanese minimalist style. (So minimalist that there are hardly any seats and you’re very lucky to actually eat in.) My favourite cake is the green tea and strawberry cake, that is quite literally love at first bite. Soft, creamy and beautifully presented, this cake sells out quickly so get there early in the day! Also worth a try is their coffee.
Lanka, 71 Regents Park Road, nearest tube: Chalk Farm, http://www.lanka-uk.com/
MEATmarket, just opened in May, is primarily a burger fast food restaurant. But their milkshakes are like nothing I’ve had before. If you’re not feeling a heavy dessert but want something light, but with a bit of a kick, why not try a hardshake? The Hardshake comes in either “brown” (chocolate) or “white” (vanilla), and is a milkshake mixed with liqueur. My favourite is the chocolate hardshake, which is mixed with a chocolate/coffee baileys style liqueur. Vanilla is mixed with rum. Alternatively you can have the shakes without alcohol too. Thick, creamy and cold…. It’s the perfect dessert for a hot summers day!
MEATmarket, the Deck, Jubilee Market Hall, Tavistock Street, nearest tube: Covent Garden, http://www.themeatmarket.co.uk/.
That’s it for my top places, let me know if you have suggestions of places I should try for dessert! firstname.lastname@example.org