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pickymama Sep 23, 2007 06:01 PM

Got tired of going to Demetre and other places that serve only cakes and ice-cream sundaes.

Are there any restaurants you've been to that serve great desserts and you'd like to go back just for that?

Thanks for your input!

  1. Charles Yu Sep 23, 2007 07:35 PM

    Amuse Bouche, Pangea and Rain all serve 'Great' desserts. Of the three, Amuse Bouche has the most consistant food. Pangea's food is over-rated whilst Rain's cuisine is too Asian fusion for my liking ( presentation is great but the food very often falls flat in taste ). Lastly, Amuse Bouche is the only restaurant that offers a stand alone dessert tasting menu! Well worth a try!

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      Negaduck Sep 23, 2007 08:20 PM

      Perigee also has a dessert tasting menu.

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        deelicious Sep 23, 2007 08:27 PM

        I believe Perigee discontinued it.

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          Charles Yu Sep 23, 2007 08:33 PM

          Confirm deelicious. Perigee's dessert tasting menu is no more!

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            callitasicit Sep 23, 2007 08:40 PM

            I personally enjoy the Keg's desserts. I love their cheesecake and the billy miner pie. I hope I don't get bashed for this....

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              vorpal Sep 23, 2007 08:53 PM

              They look so great in the pictures, but I've never even been able to think about dessert after I fail at even coming close to finishing my appetizers and entrees at the Keg, given portion sizes what they are!

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        Redshifted Sep 24, 2007 12:19 AM

        The Grand Dessert at Boba which offers samples of most of the desserts for $13.

        PS This may be the first dessert thread where the word "desert" does not appear! ;-)

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          LemonLauren Sep 24, 2007 03:34 AM

          I'm a big fan of visiting one of city's finer gelato establishments after dinner for a nice dessert treat, but since they're stand-alone venues they might not fit your bill. Il Gelatiere or Hollywood for uptown, Soma for distillery, there are others, but I'm not familiar.

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            tartiflette Sep 24, 2007 07:06 AM

            Messis on Harbord west of Spadina is excellent. They have a white chocolate and blueberry phyllo concoction that is beyond words, and serve most everything with a scoop of homemade ice cream. Their apps and mains are very good as well if you want to have a whole meal.

            Superior on Yonge just north of Queen is another good pick... they make what I consider one of the best creme brulees in TO. Good coffee too.

            And last, but not least, Toba at King and Sherbourne is my new favourite. I've only been once, so I can't vouch for everything on their menu, but give me a few weeks and I'll have taken care of that. :) Again, great food all-round, but the desserts were the stars.

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            Messis
            97 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

            Hollywood Gelato
            1640 Bayview Ave, Toronto, OH M4G3B7, CA

            Toba
            243 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J9, CA

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              pickymama Sep 24, 2007 08:15 AM

              Thanks for the suggestions.

              As my login name suggests, I'm known for being picky and not afraid to say it. I find that most desserts available, store-bought or made in-house, are always a tad bit too sweet, not just for my taste, but for a few of my friends too.

              So if you have tried desserts that are just right, or even not sweet enough, I'd like to give them a try. :)

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                pearlD Sep 24, 2007 09:25 AM

                Haven't had it in a while but GRANO makes a superb, killer rich tarte/cake/torte..It is an open face thin shortbread-type bottom, white chocolate covered with fresh raspberries and dusted with pistachcios (sp?) AMAZING!! I did buy a whole one to take to a dinner party.......it was worth every dollar and then some!!

            2. syoung Sep 24, 2007 09:41 AM

              Senses at the Metropolitan is an obviious choice. They also have a Bar & Bistro area where you can sit just for drinks and dessert insteading of sitting in the dining room. Dont' know when you planing on going but I'm not sure that restauranteurs would be too pleased if you use up one of their precious tables on peak Fri or Sat evenings just for desserts.

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                tartiflette Sep 24, 2007 10:19 AM

                I was very disappointed by dessert at Sen5es when I last went in June - they're coasting on their old reputation, methinks. Definitely nowhere near the sublime experience I had the first time I went in 2005.

                I ordered a tropical fruit pavlova, which turned out to be a small chocolate meringue nest that was crisp all the way through (no chewiness, which is what I love in proper pavlova) and MUCH too sweet (the chocolate taste was overwhelmed). The tropical fruit turned out to be thinly sliced mango and papaya, and there wasn't a speck of cream - which is a bit odd since that's what distinguishes pavlova from plain ol' meringue with fruit. It just didn't work for me - crisp sweet meringue with sour slippery fruit is not a good contrast.

                Meh. If you're going to go that high-end for desserts, C5 would be a better bet IMO.

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                  syoung Sep 24, 2007 10:45 AM

                  I went to Senses for dinner a few months ago and the desserts were probably the highlight of the meal, but that may be as much the fact that the mains weren't very good in the fist place.

                  Agree with C5 as another restaurant having very good desserts.

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                    Charles Yu Sep 24, 2007 03:34 PM

                    Agree! Sen5es desserts are WAY TOO SWEET!

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                      ren horace Sep 24, 2007 04:47 PM

                      Brassaii and Crush both have amazing desserts. I often go to each for desserts alone.

                2. TorontoJo Sep 25, 2007 06:03 AM

                  Dessert Trends Bistro on Harbord has lovely desserts made by the owner.

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                    VP of Feeling Groovy Sep 25, 2007 07:09 AM

                    One of the places I like for food and desserts is Kalendar on College at Euclid. It's just a casual neighbourhood place, the service is friendly, you can have a meal, or snacks, or just drinks - whatever you're in the mood for. I like the wraps (they call them scrolls and wrap them in a dahlpourie - sp? roti) or daily specials.

                    I've only had dessert occasionally but always enjoyed it and they seem to have a good selection of rich, fruity, sweet and not-too-sweet.

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