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Looking for a restaurant with a great dessert menu.

latill2006 Sep 28, 2006 08:08 AM

If anyone can help me find a great restaurant with a fantastic dessert menu. I am looking for someplace that is seasonal and fun. Thanks.

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  1. chica RE: latill2006 Sep 28, 2006 08:56 AM

    It depends on what kind of food, your price range, and whereabouts.

    I take pictures of desserts, and categorize them into different LA areas, so I know of many good sweets around LA. But I can't help you without further details other than seasonal and fun. Most places are fun, but what do you mean by seasonal? Many places will offer desserts with seasonal ingredients.

    For example, fancier restaurants, or more casual cafes?

    If you want fancy, my list highlights Spago, Saddle Peak Lodge, Providence, Hotel Bel Air, LaCachette, Whist at Viceroy, Jiraffe, Matsuhisa/Nobu, Water Grill (well, I don't know now that Koa Duncan's left), Parkway Grill, blue on blue, Boe at the Crescent, Sona, L'Orangerie, Mimosa, Grace, Jaan, Gardens at Four Seasons, Peninsula...the list goes on.

    If you want something a bit more casual, then it has to be somewhere like Mako, Frida, ICugini, Grand Lux Cafe, Marmalade Cafe, Angelini Osteria, Pan e Vino, Palomino Grill...

    Some of these places will have "seasonal" ingredients. For example, strawberry rhubarbs at LaCachette are seasonal.

    1. annalulu RE: latill2006 Sep 28, 2006 02:31 PM

      O Bar has good desserts and they actually have a late night Dessert Only menu that looks amazing


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        CynD RE: annalulu Sep 28, 2006 05:28 PM

        I was going to recommend OBar also. Fabulous desserts.

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          AquaW RE: annalulu Dec 7, 2006 08:17 PM

          3rd on the O-Bar in WeHo (and I know I sound like a broken record for repeating this often). I particularly like their seasonal trifles & cheesecakes.

          In Pasadena area I particularly love the desserts at either 561 Restaurant (very creative, it is a cooking school restaurant afterall) or Red White Bluezz.

          I'd imagine Sona to have a decent dessert menu too, considering it shot off into its own bakery (Boule).

          I've blogged about the first 3 (and their desserts, some with pictures) in fairly good detail if you wanna check it out.


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          Jwsel RE: latill2006 Sep 28, 2006 02:39 PM

          Do a search for Providence. There are some posts that discuss its dessert tasting menu, which sounds killer.

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            ITurnedOutTV RE: latill2006 Sep 28, 2006 03:53 PM

            LA Weekly did a review of Simon LA's Junk Food Sampler dessert:

            Can't get more fun than that! It's been on my list but I haven't been yet.

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              jackattack RE: ITurnedOutTV Sep 28, 2006 09:31 PM

              Twenty five bucks for half-a-milkshake and some hostess cupcakes? Thanks but I'll pass.

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              BabyLitigator RE: latill2006 Sep 28, 2006 05:16 PM

              I was impressed by the dessert menu at Literati II; a lot more creative than the dessert menus at most restaurants of similar price ranges. Love the churros.

              1. ipsedixit RE: latill2006 Sep 28, 2006 05:17 PM

                You might want to try WATER GRILL in downtown.

                I know the executive chef, Duncan Koa, is leaving soon, but she does a mean dessert tasting menu.

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                  woojink RE: latill2006 Sep 28, 2006 09:45 PM

                  Sherry Yard at Spago may very well be the best pastry chef in America.

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                    LAmonkeygirl RE: woojink Sep 28, 2006 10:02 PM

                    Do you know if Spago will seat someone only for dessert?

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                      ipsedixit RE: LAmonkeygirl Sep 28, 2006 10:08 PM

                      I've done it before, but they are really anal about this unfortunately.

                      You can, however, get the panoply of desserts even if you sit at the bar.

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                    globlamega RE: latill2006 Sep 28, 2006 10:41 PM

                    Spago has the best desserts .....(it's all about the Kaiserschmarren).

                    Lucques and L'Orangerie are great. Ortolan's desserts are great as well (I love the marshmallows at the end on the petit fors plate).

                    Madeo has a fantastic white choc Tiramisu.

                    Doug Arango's has a superb sticky toffee pudding, but call to make sure they have it that night, because sometimes they don't.

                    Sona didn't impress me with their dessert choices.

                    And for middle of the road, The dutch apple cheesecake or Choc Mousse Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory are pretty good bang for the buck desserts.

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                      JSny RE: globlamega Dec 7, 2006 07:55 PM

                      I agree, Madeo's white choc Tiramisu is outrageous. If you're interested in Carrot cake, try Greenblatt's.

                    2. brekkie_fan RE: latill2006 Sep 29, 2006 04:50 AM

                      You didn't single out LA, so if South Orange County is an option, then go with Stonehill Tavern inside Dana Point's St. Regis. Michael Mina knows what he's doing. I've been there, done that with enough places to know what an original and fun menu should be.

                      We're not talking creme brulee this or souffle and tarte that. An old-fashioned root beer float that my pal from Kansas swears by. Pudding you duel over with spoons. Rich cake one can go crazy over. I'd go here again and again.

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                        globlamega RE: brekkie_fan Dec 3, 2006 11:46 PM

                        Stonehill Tavern had excellent food. Was there in April. But the restaurant itself was the noisiest room I've ever been in and the tables are 3 inches apart. You have to scream at the person sitting across from you so that they hear you,and in turn, so does the table on either side of you. No privacy whatsoever.

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