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 desserts bars in town.
1. Jerry Maguire
A girly catch-up over a slice of cake and a lovely 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 Bailey’s 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-year-old Havana Club rum, Midori, elderflower syrup, mint and spun sugar.
23 Lan Fong Rd., Causeway Bay, 2881-5008.
2. Dalloyau Paris
A household name in France with over three centuries of history, 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 at the takeaway counter, or sit in at Le Café Dalloyau for lunch, afternoon tea and desserts. The quaint café is currently serving an afternoon tea ($536 for two, through Oct 10) in collaboration with fashion brand Roger Vivier. Expect delicious sweet and savoury bites including “La Rose Framboise,” raspberry mousse shortbread designed off the Rose’s 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.
3. The Cakery
If you’re looking for a health-conscious fix to your sweet cravings, look no further than The Cakery, an all-organic, nutrient-rich dessert shop founded by ex-finance guru Shirley Kwok. With a range of Gluten-, Dairy-, and wheat-free recipes ranging from cupcakes to cookies to cake-pops, The Cakery is all about healthy and delicious snacking that satisfies your sweet tooth with minimal guilt. They’ve just opened a new pop-up in Pacific Place with ample seating for resting your feet and digging into a baked treat: Try the “Teeny Tahini” chocolate cookies made with tahini, flaxseed meal and almond flour, or the “Men in Black” cupcakes ($28) filled with black sesame paste and sesame frosting.
Pair it with: Blooms Roastery & Craft Tea’s exclusive teas served at the Pacific Place store, including the Red Date & Goji Berry Tea.
L2 Pop-Up, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 6688-6883.
Swift 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 sweet topping of chocolate mocha frosting; buttercream drizzled with salted caramel or triple chocolate ganache glaze. For a lighter bite, you can always go for the lemon meringue cupcake with a puff of whipped meringue frosting, or the toffee apple which features the autumnal flavours 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.
5. Cobo House by 2 am Dessert Bar
If you have yet to try Singaporean pastry chef Janice Wong’s desserts at Cobo House by 2 am 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, and churning out stunning creations unlike any we’ve seen in the past. 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 landscape (part of the dessert degustation; $298 per person, includes three dessert-drink pairings).
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.
6. Lady M
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 paper-thin crêpes infused with French Earl Grey tea, garnished with a tea glaze, tea leaves and edible blue cornflowers. Other delights include the Chocolate Mille Crêpes made with 20 homemade crêpes layered with cocoa and chocolate pastry cream, and the Green Tea Mille Crêpes which boasts a light pastry cream with aromatic notes of green tea swimming through each bite. With locations in three of Hong Kong serviced apartments and busiest shopping centres, your crêpe fix is never far away.
Pair it with: A steaming cup of coffee or a hot latte, decorated with vibrant red rose petals.
Locations in Harbour City, Fashion Walk and IFC Mall. ladymhk.com
Author: Leslie Yeh