Fancy desserts in Berkeley and Oakland
- maria lorraine Jul 21, 2006 02:07 AM
Hello, former pastry chef here pursuing desserts...
Looking for flavor, visuals, structure, interesting different things...
more like those in restaurants than gelato, bakeries, etc,
BUT ALL SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME!
Sure would like to know where to go...
haven't been there in a while, but A Cote on College (Rockridge) has always had unusual and exceptionally tasty desserts. Their cocktails are also yum. I seem to recall a dessert of chocolate toffee ice cream bon bons with caramel sauce that made my friend and i gasp. they change their menu often, so maybe there are some new surprises.
Okay, it's a bakery/pastry shop but Masse's is, IMO, the best in the East Bay.
1469 Shattuck Ave.
In the same complex with Black Oak Books and Saul's.
Crixa in Berkeley
also, in Berkeley (top part of Solano Ave.) there's a nice bakery/pastry shop on Solano near Colusa -- forget the name though.
re: Morton the Mousse
morton, do they always have the salted toffee and the pudding cake (is the cake an individual size and how much does it cost?) also, what flavors of their "ice cream" are on offer on a daily basis? Is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and strawberry always available and also what are the prices on the scoops? thanks, and lastly do they pack up pints also?
They always have the pudding cake at the start of the day but it will sell out. I'm also fond of the lemoon cake and the chocolate chip cookie. The toffee is usually available on weekends but not always on the weekdays and sometimes when it's really hot outside they don't make it. My absolute favorite candies are the chocolate caramels but they don't make them in the Summer. The caramel corn is also excellent.
Their standard flavors are: chocolate (sometimes cocoa nib), vanilla, coffee, burnt caramel and Strauss yogurt. They usually have several seasonal fruit flavors in both ice cream and sorbet (too late for strawberry but they've recently had blackberry and peach), one nut flavor (pistachio, almond, hazelnut or walnut) and one herb flavor, (usually sorbet - basil, mint, lavender, lemon verbana.) They usually have two or three granitas - coffee and one or two fruit flavors. They don't have cones.
Scoops are $3.50/single, $4.50/double, $5.50/triple - about 50 cents more than you'd pay at most gelato shops and worth every penny. Ice cream is available by the pint ($8), although I've found that the texture is never as good on the second day (though my freezer sucks). They keep it at an ideal temperature and spin everything fresh daily so it's always best straight from their cooler.
Crixa has some really great pastries. Their unique Hungarian and Russian specialties are excellent. Check their website or swing by the store and you'll find that they have a pretty extensive list of daily specials as welll. Since it's the peak of Summer fruit, there are a whole bunch of peach, plum and cherry pastries on the list.
Welcome to the neighborhood!