Dessert tomorrow night in Berkeley/Oakland
okay folks, taking the wife out for dinner tomorrow night somewhere in berkeley/oakland. Im not a big dessert fan, but my wife is. Who's got the best desserts currently out of places we like and have been to in the past? Such as, Dopo, chez panisse, pizzaiola, rivoli, lalime's, a cote, oliveto...I'd like her to be wowed.
Actually, funny story...we had a very good dinner awhile back at Pizzaiola (spelling?), however, my wife's selection for dessert was this peach melba type thing with ice cream, and it was blistering hot. within seconds, the entire dessert was reduced to a swamp. My wife's review: "This is bull----".
re: Robert Lauriston
Nah, I think I had the same dessert he's describing, and this was within the past month or so - definitely during the current stone-fruit season. As I recall, it was an oven-roasted nectarine, along with a scoop of a pistachio-brittle ice cream and a crunchy thing of some sort. I rather enjoyed it, but yeah, the shallow dish it came in was emanating waves of heat from the oven it had evidently just been taken out of - the ice cream didn't stand a chance!
I'm another vote for Chez Panisse. I've never been to Dopo and it's been years since I've been to Oliveto, but you absolutely can't go wrong w/ dessert at Chez Panisse. I went to the cafe for lunch recently and the person I was w/ ordered the fruit. I rolled my eyes: OH, come ON, you can get this at the farmers market... But it came out looking like a still life painting and was just superb - the best of the crop. Every time I get a dessert at Chez Panisse I am so blown away and swear that there can be no better ice cream, tart, custard, cookie, whatever it is on the planet.
I love dessert, too.
And, ooops, you've already had your dinner and dessert, haven't you?