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LA's BEST desserts????

Food snob Jun 28, 2007 12:39 PM

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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    Cinnamon Jun 16, 2009 07:40 PM

    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.

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      Cinnamon May 7, 2009 05:52 PM

      Incredible bread pudding at The Minotaure in Playa del Rey.

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

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        HappyYummyDay May 3, 2009 09:36 PM

        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
          Pei May 22, 2009 06:37 AM

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

        2. westsidegal May 3, 2009 09:23 PM

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

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            pinkrainstone May 3, 2009 07:19 PM

            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).

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              a213b Mar 28, 2009 04:46 PM

              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.

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                Cinemaverite1 Mar 28, 2009 10:47 AM

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

                1. uhockey Mar 28, 2009 01:56 AM

                  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
                    pasadena8696 Jun 16, 2009 08:50 PM

                    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.

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                    junipersong Mar 28, 2009 01:35 AM

                    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.

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                      jerseygirldawn Mar 27, 2009 10:14 PM

                      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
                        sel May 3, 2009 08:46 PM

                        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

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                        jerseygirldawn Mar 27, 2009 05:32 PM

                        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. adevejian Aug 13, 2007 10:38 AM

                          • 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

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                            cls Jul 24, 2007 06:50 AM

                            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

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                              marisabeast Jul 23, 2007 05:39 PM

                              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. Kris P Pata Jul 23, 2007 12:55 AM

                                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
                                  Fru Jul 23, 2007 03:44 AM

                                  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
                                    brandygirl Jul 23, 2007 10:23 AM

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

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                                  carter Jul 5, 2007 08:56 PM

                                  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
                                    2ndAvenue Jul 12, 2007 01:38 PM

                                    Can't beat Roy's chocolate souffle.

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                                    mlgb Jul 5, 2007 08:46 PM

                                    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.

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                                      jaydee Jul 5, 2007 05:11 PM

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

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                                        downstagecenter Jul 5, 2007 01:49 PM

                                        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
                                          Pei Jul 5, 2007 08:34 PM

                                          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
                                            Dommy Jul 5, 2007 09:19 PM

                                            ditto ditto ditto ditto ditto ditto....


                                            1. re: Pei
                                              sel Jul 24, 2007 09:29 AM

                                              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
                                                bulavinaka Jul 24, 2007 08:07 PM

                                                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...

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                                            woofer Jul 5, 2007 11:01 AM

                                            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
                                              HungryLaw Jul 5, 2007 12:15 PM

                                              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
                                                Diana Jul 5, 2007 12:18 PM

                                                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!


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                                                stacey8989 Jul 4, 2007 01:57 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  hpcat Jul 4, 2007 11:19 AM

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

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                                                    lillizkat Jul 4, 2007 02:39 PM

                                                    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
                                                      hpcat Jul 4, 2007 03:58 PM

                                                      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. Ndelible Jul 3, 2007 07:41 PM

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

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                                                      hippodeir Jul 2, 2007 02:42 PM

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

                                                      1. riceflour Jun 29, 2007 04:46 PM

                                                        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.

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                                                          real Jun 29, 2007 01:04 PM

                                                          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
                                                            Mando Jul 2, 2007 12:41 PM

                                                            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
                                                              ihrtfud Mar 27, 2009 05:48 PM

                                                              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.

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                                                            Diana Jun 29, 2007 08:40 AM

                                                            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

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                                                              Frank_Santa_Monica Jun 29, 2007 12:16 AM

                                                              Mastro's - Butter Cake
                                                              Cut - Chocolate Ganache

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                                                              1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica
                                                                eat_n_run Jul 22, 2007 10:49 PM

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

                                                              2. brekkie_fan Jun 28, 2007 10:53 PM

                                                                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....

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                                                                  lillizkat Jun 28, 2007 08:25 PM

                                                                  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
                                                                    riceflour Jun 28, 2007 09:02 PM

                                                                    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. g
                                                                    greengelato Jun 28, 2007 07:15 PM

                                                                    * 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. j
                                                                      jenngen Jun 28, 2007 06:14 PM

                                                                      The polenta dessert at All Angelo is truly remarkable!!

                                                                      1. riceflour Jun 28, 2007 05:51 PM

                                                                        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
                                                                          SauceSupreme Jun 28, 2007 11:39 PM

                                                                          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
                                                                            riceflour Jun 28, 2007 11:43 PM

                                                                            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. Pei Jun 28, 2007 05:33 PM

                                                                          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
                                                                            slacker Jun 28, 2007 05:43 PM

                                                                            Does Susina have cakes by the slice?

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                                                                              Pei Jun 28, 2007 06:11 PM

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

                                                                          2. PlatypusJ Jun 28, 2007 04:43 PM

                                                                            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

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                                                                              dinami Jun 28, 2007 03:00 PM

                                                                              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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                                                                                thericequeen Jun 28, 2007 04:14 PM

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

                                                                                1. re: thericequeen
                                                                                  thericequeen Jun 28, 2007 04:18 PM

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

                                                                              2. SauceSupreme Jun 28, 2007 02:36 PM

                                                                                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
                                                                                  gomagoma Jun 28, 2007 03:07 PM

                                                                                  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
                                                                                    pinkrainstone May 3, 2009 07:12 PM

                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                    LisaStitch Jun 28, 2007 01:43 PM

                                                                                    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
                                                                                      Emme Jun 28, 2007 03:07 PM

                                                                                      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
                                                                                        westsidegal May 3, 2009 09:17 PM

                                                                                        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
                                                                                        altjane May 7, 2009 02:49 PM

                                                                                        And the chocolate croissant bread pudding at Chaya

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                                                                                        Diana Jun 28, 2007 01:18 PM

                                                                                        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

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