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LA's BEST desserts????

I'm looking for some of the most decadent desserts found in restaurants in LA. If anyone has had a dessert that was really unusual or just plain amazing, please let me know what it is and what restaurant had it.

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  1. Dessert tasting menu at Providence

    Midnight madness at Jerry's Famous Deli (I know, it's Jerry's) big slab of cake, lotsa ice cream, fudge.ooohhh!

    Gelson's Victor Benes chocolate cake with those caramel ribbons all over

    Mashti Malone's ginger rosewater ice cream.

    leeda's giant choclate chip cookies.

    Special Tiramisu at Il Tiramisu

    1. Kaiserschmarren at Spago (pancake-like dessert with warm strawberries)

      Blackberry Cobbler at Cynthia's

      Banana Banana Banana at Chaya (both locations)

      the Souffles at Arnie Morton's

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      1. re: LisaStitch

        Second the vote for Cynthia's.

        Creme Brulee w/ Huckleberries at the Four Seasons.

        Chocolate Souffle at Bistro Gardens

        Nata's natas

        Linda's Fabulous Fudge Cake and White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake at (gulp!) Cheesecake Factory

        1. re: Emme

          speaking of creme brulee, i thought the rendition that was served to me at ocean ave seafood in sm was really quite good.

        2. re: LisaStitch

          And the chocolate croissant bread pudding at Chaya

        3. Does the yuzu drink at the end of the Sushi Zo omakase count?

          My vote is for the chocolate mille-feuille at Hatfield's

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          1. re: SauceSupreme

            Any one of the desserts at Hatfield's. On our recent visit, we had the panna cotta with passion fruit sorbet and rasberries, lemon tart with yogurt sorbet and blueberries, chocolate and peanut butter petit cake, caramel ice cream and espresso ice cream.

            The one other dessert they had that same evening (with the 3 course dinner) was a seasonal cherry tart with yogurt sorbet, which also looked delicious.

            If you haven't been, I highly recommend you get the chef's tasting menu (7 course) as both course 5 and 6 are desserts. Everything there is delicious!

            1. re: SauceSupreme

              I will definately second Sushi ZO...forget about regular dessert, the sushi there is so decadant and melts in your mouth that it is dessert. This is coming from a sweet fanatic. Suchi zo gives you a reason to believe.

            2. I love the key lime pie with whipped cream at Houston's. Churros dipped in chocolate at Literati II are also divine!

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              1. re: dinami

                Sansrival cake from either Goldilocks Bakery or Red Robin. YUMMY!

                1. re: thericequeen

                  Whoops! You specified restaurants. The Lemoncello Sorbet @ Cafe Paradiso on Wilshire Blvd., in Santa Monica.

              2. The entres are aweful, but the griddle pan chocolate chip cookie a la mode at O-Bar in West Hollywood is one of my favorite drunken desserts when served with Kaluah on the rocks.

                I don't like Cynthia's Blackberry cobbler because it tastes, to me, like a jar of Smuckers.

                the Souffles at Off Vine

                Red velvet cake at Doughboys

                1. Banana ice cream bar dipped in butterscotch coating from MILK ($3.00!)

                  Peanut butter chocolate cup from Grace: http://www.chezpei.com/uploaded_image...

                  Berry Blossom Cake from Susina Bakery

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                  1. re: Pei

                    Does Susina have cakes by the slice?

                    1. re: slacker

                      yes! Sadly, I have gotten one slice before that was mysteriously devoid of berries. Whoever did the sprinkling should be chastised!

                  2. Puprle yam yokan with coconut tapioca at Hirozen Gourmet.

                    Stay away from anything labeled "creme brulee," though. I had the pumpkin last fall, expecting it to be a seasonally tasty creamy treat, and instead found it resembled a heavy, overly-sweetened failed souffle. Blech.

                    Hirozen is also good for inventive, non-maki Japanese-esque dishes like blue crab wrapped in rice paper, lobster roll tempura, and an interesting foie gras-toro "tower" (which isn't a tower, but is still really good).

                    Hirozen Gourmet
                    8385 Beverly Blvd. (@ Orlando)
                    it's in the crook of an L-shaped strip mall, which I guess makes it an L-mall or something


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                    1. re: riceflour

                      I really like Hirozen though I've never had dessert there. I'll have to give it a shot.

                      Speaking of purple yam, I'll chime in for the ube milkshake at Oinkster.

                      1. re: SauceSupreme

                        A friend reports that Fosselman's has ube ice cream and will make it into a shake upon request. I have yet to try it, but if you get to it first, please report :)

                        Ditto on Oinkster--I haven't gotten around to it yet, but ube always hits the spot. That's on my "must try" list now. Thanks!

                    2. The polenta dessert at All Angelo is truly remarkable!!

                      1. * pumpkin pie and coconut pie from urth cafe
                        * banana banana banana from chaya venice
                        * bread pudding + scoop of gelato at al gelato
                        * chai panna cotta with orange ginger creme fraiche from primitivo
                        * red velvet cake from doughboys
                        * berry blossom cake from susina bakery
                        * any of the cakes from jin patisserie
                        * hodduk in front of california market on 5th and western (a korean dessert)

                        1. Banana cream pie at Susina Bakery--has chocolate and caramel..not traditional...but oh so good!
                          Chocolate Parisian--Porto's

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                          1. re: lillizkat

                            Speaking of Porto's...guava and cheese pastries.

                            And I second Susina's banana cream pie. It's incredible.

                            Has anyone tried the pies at Honey's Kettle in Clver City?

                          2. For amazing, the "Simon Junk Food Sampler" at Simon LA (excerpt from my blog below):

                            Sweet treats #'s 1 & 2: Krispy rice treats (regular and cocoa). Chewy with just enough sweet.

                            Sweet treat #3: Vanilla bean milkshake. Enough said.

                            Sweet treat #4: Snoballs! Pink rolled in cocount shreds.

                            Sweet treat #5: Their version of a hostess cupcake - squiggly line and all. Rich and chewy.

                            Sweet treats #s 6,7,8: Chocolate chunk, oatmeal butterscotch, and white chocolate pecan cookies all bagged and ready to go. Chewy happiness all the way home.

                            Sweet treat #9: Grilled doughnut holes. Coated in cinnamon!

                            Sweet treats #s 10 & 11: Peanut butter ice cream (fudge above *and* below) plus some lime sorbet.

                            and lastly,

                            Sweet treats #s 12 & 13: A faceful of pink cotton candy planted in a base of caramel popcorn.

                            Enough for four to share with some to take home! About $25, i believe....

                            1. Mastro's - Butter Cake
                              Cut - Chocolate Ganache

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                              1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

                                Oooh, yes! Mastro's Butter Cake is simply amazing.

                              2. Pumpkin or apple pie from Costco -yeah, a chain, but a GOOD pie!

                                The Cheesecake at Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks.

                                Robin Hood's spongecake with lyle's golden syrup and lovely warm custard!

                                Those little honey soaked balls at the buffet at Woodlands Pure in Chatsworth

                                Bea's bakery Rugalach

                                1. My favorite place is Porto's Bakery in Burbank, on magnolia and hollywood way.
                                  The lines there are huge.

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                                  1. re: real

                                    2nd this .. The original is in Glendale off Brand. Ambiance and wait can be extreme but you won't find a better quality/cost ratio for desserts and I've never had anythign bad there.

                                    Also if you're in San Gabriel Valley Try Vanille in San Marino off Huntington. Think the guys a chinese dessert chef trained in france .. whatever it is he makes damn good desserts.

                                    Can't go wrong with diddy reese ice cream sandwiches.

                                    1. re: Mando

                                      Portos' individual mousse-based cakes are affordable, true, but I'd rather shell out the big bucks for a high-end pastry from Jin Patisserie (coupled with some macaroons and a pot of tea). At Portos, I'd stick to the sweet cheese rolls (addicted to them!) and the savory items, like their croissant with spinach and cheese.

                                  2. I forgot last time to mention La Conversation's chocolate-filled eclairs. Where most places I've encountered fill their eclairs with pastry cream or something, then glaze the top with chocolate, La Conversation puts the chocolate both inside and outside of the shell. And their mocha eclairs aren't bad, either.

                                    1. amandine bakery on wilshire (and 26th or so) in santa monica has wonderful pastries--

                                      1. The coconut cake and sweet potato pie from 27th Street Bakery

                                        1. Auntie Em's had a blueberry tart that was to die for. I love all their desserts.

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                                          1. re: hpcat

                                            blueberry tart sounds delicious! do they have it all the time? I always end up getting the cupcakes. The chocolate cupcakes are my favorite. The
                                            dark chocolate doesn't make it too sweet. The coconut ones are fab, too!

                                            1. re: lillizkat

                                              I've only seen it there once. It had a wonderful graham crust with slightly sweetened creme fraiche and fresh blueberries covering the top. It was in a large pie pan and served in slices. Other desserts I've had there have been great, too. I love the cakes, the brownies, and the assorted fruit crumbles.

                                          2. I really like the desserts at Angel Maid Bakery. It's a small Japanese bakery on Centinela. The cakes might be lighter and less sweet than what most people are used to.
                                            4538 S Centinela Ave
                                            Los Angeles, CA
                                            Phone: (310) 915-2078

                                            My favorites are the mini cream puffs, chocolate dobash cake, white cake w/fresh strawberries (I don't know if it has a name), and the fruit tarts.

                                            Not in LA- but the best chocolate souffle I've ever had was at Turner New Zealand near South Coast Plaza. I was disappointed with the steaks, but I'd definitely go back for dessert.

                                            1. godiva chocolate cake @ morton's
                                              banana pudding @ baby blues bbq
                                              donuts @ grace
                                              i know i could do it at home but i me some pazookie from bj's

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                                              1. re: woofer

                                                Donut Man -- the strawberry (or other fruit appropriate per season) filled donuts... it's a bit of a drive, but damn, was it worth it.

                                                915 E Route 66
                                                Glendora, CA
                                                Phone: (626) 335-9111

                                                1. re: woofer

                                                  I loved the pizookie, too, till I did it at home myself.

                                                  To make it good, I made a gianter cookie with white, dark and milk chocolate chips.

                                                  But to make it sooper dooper ooper good, I topped it-still hot- with Mashti Malone's ginger rosewater ice cream!


                                                2. I'm diabetic so I don't get to eat a whole lot of really good desserts but I'm surprised to see no mention of the Three Berry Cake at Sweet Lady Jane.

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                                                  1. re: downstagecenter

                                                    There's been a lot of negative posting about SLJ on this board, both in terms of service and quality of food.

                                                    Personally, I just prefer Susina's berry blossom cake to SLJ's triple berry. I think the dark colored frosting at SLJ is unattractive and tastes like chemicals, whereas Susina's light frosting with meringue chips is refreshing and not too sweet. SLJ's cakes were also try the two times I got slices, but Susina's have always been moist.

                                                    Plus the people at Susina are just so much more pleasant to deal with, and their space is gorgeous.

                                                    1. re: Pei

                                                      ditto ditto ditto ditto ditto ditto....


                                                      1. re: Pei

                                                        Although I don't doubt the veracity of all the negative posts; I must be the only CH poster that has not had a bad experience at SLJ! I tried the Triple Berry Cake once or twice and liked it as I recall and didn't notice any chemical taste. Now you're making me go back to try it again and compare it to Sugar Plum Bakery’s, oops - Susina's Berry Blossom Cake which I shared with a friend recently and found to be wonderful! I have to say that although I haven't been for a while, I still love SLJ's overpriced but oh so tasty Lemon Meringue Tart with a French Press of their Coffee!

                                                        1. re: sel

                                                          I too find their lemon meringue tart to be supreme for lemon lovers, but still can't digest their tart attitude... the owner is in total denial...

                                                    2. i recently had the chocolate chip and ginger cookies with malted milk at grace - man, they were great!

                                                      1. Buttermilk panna cotta with key lime anglaise (Benley in LB) refreshing in summer

                                                        Fresh berry pies from Polly's especially ollallie berry and strawberry.

                                                        I guess it may not technically be dessert but I loved the kesari at Annapurna in Artesia. They occasionally have it in the buffet.

                                                        Nice to see Pizookie mentioned.

                                                        1. anything made by Danielle Keene, ex-AOC, Campanile, Blairs and Water Grill pastry person extraordinaire, and currently working at the Wilshire in Santa Monica. she trained with Silverton and some of the other bests around town, and her take is beyond most of the competition consistently.

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                                                          1. re: carter

                                                            Can't beat Roy's chocolate souffle.

                                                          2. Runner-Ups:
                                                            Pistachio Financiers @ La Maison du Pain
                                                            Mahal (Kalamansi Citrus) and Oscura (Lapsang Souchong) Chocolates @ Boule
                                                            Ube shake @ Oinkster

                                                            The Best dessert in the Universe:
                                                            Cielo de Coco Cake @ Asia de Cuba

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                                                            1. re: Kris P Pata

                                                              Blueberry cream cheese pie at Du Pars. Banana cream pie at hof's hut. If they still have it (its been a long time) the hot fudge brownie at Houstons.

                                                              1. re: Fru

                                                                Houston's does indeed still have the brownie hot fudge sundae, and you are right--one of the best desserts in LA.

                                                            2. Pie n Burger's olallieberry pie is unusual and fantastic, but what really takes the cake (i'm so punny) is there pumpkin pie. i pre-order a whole pie from them every year for thanksgiving and i refuse to tell anyone that i don't make it myself. i couldn't give up all the compliments on how it's the best pumpkin pie ever!

                                                              1. I have no idea what the best may be but a couple to try:
                                                                Dessert omakase at Jinpachi in West Hollywood.
                                                                Chocolate croissant bread pudding at Masa Echo Park
                                                                Cappucino ice cream at Dan Tanas

                                                                1. • Nut Cake - Paru's
                                                                  • White Chocolate Spring Roll - Nobu
                                                                  • Cinnamon, Peanut Butter Gelato - Tutti Gelati
                                                                  • Cobbler a la mode - The Cobbler Factory
                                                                  • Cheese Roll - Porto's
                                                                  • Halawet el Jeben, Knafe Jeben - Vrej Pastry

                                                                  1. Mortons - Godiva Molten Cake
                                                                    Grand Luxe Cafe - Lava Cake, Beignets (served w/ 3 dipping sauces), Warm Cookies (they are all really good)
                                                                    Yummy's Cupcakes - OMG!
                                                                    The back of the Farmers Market @ The Grove. It is back by the cajun stand. There is a green cake called "Princess Cake", it's delicious. It is $5 per slice.
                                                                    Lawry's Prime Rib - CC Browns sundae

                                                                    1. On the advice of the ChowHound boards I went to Susina's to try the banana cream pie. I think perhaps the build up was much for me. Meaning I thought it was going to be MUCH BETTER than it actually was. If you are a fan of "sweet" sweets, you will be disappointed. I definatly was. :(
                                                                      It was big though. For all you who do not prefer SUGARY sweet, you may love it. It cost $8 and you get a mini pie. It is definatly big enough for a couple people to eat.

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                                                                      1. re: jerseygirldawn

                                                                        I really like that tart at Sugar Plum Bakery, oops, I mean Susina Bakery & Cafe. The problem for me is that when I had one a few weeks back, after dinner and followed by a walk elsewhere that after polishing one off by myself I was full till dinner the next day! It's really tasty but so filling. Best shared with someone you love!!!

                                                                        Susina Bakery & Cafe
                                                                        7122 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                      2. Kalamansi gelee with white chocolate coconut soy milk soup and lychee-shiso sorbet at Providence, but really, any dessert at Providence.

                                                                        Any dessert at Patina - almond chiffon cake and panna cotta are standouts.

                                                                        Butterscotch budino at Pizzeria Mozza...salty, sweet, unreasonably delicious.

                                                                        Chocolate croissant bread pudding at Chaya.

                                                                        Guava chiffon cake with strawberries, whip, and passion fruit drizzle.

                                                                        1. Bread Pudding at Sweet Lady Janes
                                                                          Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé, Milk Chocolate Sauce, Whipped Crème Fraîche, Gianduja Ice Cream at CUT
                                                                          Sweet Potato Pie at Roscoes
                                                                          Tiramisu at Little Next Door
                                                                          Chocolate Ganache with Peanut Butter, 'These Pretzles are Making me Thirsty' and Chably Noire Beer Ice Cream at Providence
                                                                          Carmelized Meyer Lemon and Polenta Pudding with Lemon Sabayon at All Angelo
                                                                          Buttercake at Mastro's
                                                                          Red Velvet Cupcake at Sweet Lady Jane's
                                                                          PB&J Cupcake at Yummy
                                                                          Smores Tarte at Vanilla
                                                                          Cinnamon Muffin at Toast
                                                                          Amaretto Cookie Semifredo - Iced Milk Amaretto 'cookies' served with fresh fruit at La Botte
                                                                          Apples “Carlota” Bread pudding with saffron sauce and milk icecream at The Bazaar
                                                                          Bombolini with mountain huckleberry compote & vanilla gelato at Osteria Mozza

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                                                                          1. re: uhockey

                                                                            I echo uhockey's recommendation of the "bombolini with mountain hucklerry compote & vanilla gelato at Osteria Mozza" -- absolutely amazing!

                                                                            I don't see it on their current menu, but I still dream of a vanilla ice cream with poached fig dessert I once had at Maison Akira.

                                                                            A scoop of just about anything from Bulgarini Gelato while watching a free Italian movie in their courtyard.

                                                                          2. The mini dutchess hazelnut chocolate cake from Urth. It's like a ferrero chocolate in cake form.

                                                                            1. Both the Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche and the Cinnamon Sugar Donuts with Caramel at Animal ... especially the Donuts, dear god are they tasty.

                                                                              1. Chocolate Souffle at Madeos on Beverly Blvd

                                                                                Straberry Tart at La Provence on Olympic

                                                                                Yellow cake or devils food cake at Al Gelato on Robertson...dont forget the vanilla gelato!

                                                                                Giradelli chocolate zuchotto cake at Panini Cafe in Beverly Hills on Santa Monica.(Say Star sent you!)

                                                                                Haagan Dazs anything anywhere...the sundaes are the best, vanillla, chocolate, and cookies n cream with hot fudge, whip creamoreos, and a cherry on top! Beverly center and the Grove(but the grove is stingy).

                                                                                1. any of the ice creams from the case at Delicieuse at 2503 Artesia Blvd in Redondo Beach, CA 90278

                                                                                  1. When it comes to desserts, I am very much partial to European-influenced-Japanese patisseries:
                                                                                    Patisserie Chantilly in Lomita
                                                                                    Amandine Patisserie in West LA
                                                                                    Frances Bakery & Coffee in Little Tokyo
                                                                                    Cafe Blanc in Costa Mesa

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                                                                                    1. re: HappyYummyDay

                                                                                      Amandine is one of my favorites as well, especially the pear genoise. Thanks for the other recs!

                                                                                    2. Incredible bread pudding at The Minotaure in Playa del Rey.

                                                                                      Minotaur Restaurant
                                                                                      333 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

                                                                                      1. Banana custard cake at Rock Sugar in the Century City Westfield mall.

                                                                                        Review here and a pic in one of the links:

                                                                                        The cake is a yummy, moist banana cake that's not banana-bready, topped with a gorgeous, rich banana custard that is then caramelized on top. They serve it with milk chocolate ice cream. I would go back just for the cake alone.