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desserts---what is your favorite dessert around los angeles?!

i am looking for your favorite desserts in los angeles whether it is at a restaurant or bakery or where ever?!!!

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  1. Custard Tart with Fresh Raspberries (especially when warm from the oven) at EuroPane.

    Euro Pane Bakery
    950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

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    1. re: sel

      In this same vein, I love the tart clafutti at Amandine. It's more refined than other preparations I've seen, with raspberries instead of cherries and a layer of pears at the bottom.

    2. At La Mill: Passionfruit Gelee / Lychee-shiso sorbet, coconut-soy milk soup, basil seeds
      At Providence: Kalamansi gelee/white chocolate coconut soy milk soup, lychee-shiso sorbet

      Notice the similarities? - both by Adrian Vasquez

      Pretty much anything involving passionfruit is good with me.

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      1. re: soniabegonia

        sbegonia, agreed with the Vasquez factor. He may be the best pastry chef in LA right now. I hate to say it, but his desserts sometimes outshine Cimarusti's food.

      2. The much hyped budino at Pizzaria Mozza more than lives up to its rep, and the chocolate cake thing at Rivera, but there is no way someone could finish that alone-it's too damn rich! (But AMAZING!)

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        1. re: schrutefarms

          budino is good, but copetta is better - crispy pizzelle, salted caramel ice cream, marshmallow cream, toasted peanuts MMMMM

        2. Gjelina does a delicious, spoonlicking version of the butterscotch, calling it a pot au creme and topping it with salt and whipped cream.

          Also love the tart sweet key lime pie at Nook.

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          1. re: nosh

            You must try the butterscotch pudding at Beacon! It has creme fraiche and shaved chocolate on top!

          2. I'm partial to Ruth's Chris Carmelized Banana Cream Pie and King's Hawaiian Dobash cake.

            King’s Hawaiian® Bakery & Restaurant
            2808 W. Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505

            Ruth's Chris - multiple locations

            1. Anything from Scoops, taro ice cream or lychee sorbet from Fosselman's, black sesame cream puffs from Chantilly Patisserie, macarons from Jin Patisserie, and guava-cheese pastries from Portos.

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              1. re: TracyS

                I with you on 3 out of 5 on your list (haven't tried Fosselman's or Chantilly).
                I'd just add:
                whoopie pie from Susiecakes
                Gateau fraise from Amandine Bakery
                The Muffy from Isabella's Cookie Company (chocolate covered blueberries!)

                1. re: hyacinthgirl

                  Yes, the Isabella cookies are awesome!

                  1. re: hyacinthgirl

                    Agree on Jin and Portos, and TOTALLY co-sign the Whoppie Pie at Susiecakes. I recently discovered them in the past month and have probably had 8 or 9 since then .... tooth-achingly sweet, but so freaking good!

                    1. re: hyacinthgirl

                      Your timing was great! Tried the Muffy today - there's a booth at The Hermosa Fiesta...... What a tasty cookie!

                  2. Crema de Chocolate at Bar Pinxto. It's simple but oh so good.

                    1. Anything from R.J. Passtrie in Arcadia. Chinese/French fusion.

                      1. Banana cream pie from Apple Pan. Actually scratch that. Give me a whole pie and I'll make a meal out of it...

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                        1. The papaya cream with cassis at Fogo de Chao floats my boat. Also, the molten lava cake at Matsuhisa (yes, Matsuhisa) is still the best version I've yet come across. The cinnamon souffle at Hotel Bel Air is incredible, and the Chiu Chow taro paste dessert at Capital Seafood in Monterey Park makes the whole trip worthwhile. The buko pandan is good at Max's of Manila. Frances Bakery in Little Tokyo sells slices of heaven called "souffle cheesecake". The yuzu concoction offered at the end of the omakase at Sushi Zo also comes to mind. The seasonal truffle ice cream at Kiriko is made in-house, and knocks my socks off.

                          The new Alcazar Express now offers a Lebanese 10 (yes, TEN!) dessert combo for about $65-$70, for all you dessert junkies out there.

                          The list goes on and on....

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                          1. re: J.L.

                            I love molten lava cake. I have a recipe for one that is SOOO easy to make and the chocoate oozzess(sp) out when you cut in. You can make it in advance too, so after dinner you just cook for 12 or so minutes. If anyone is interested I will post it or see where I got it and post that.

                            1. re: hungrykitty

                              Nice, but this is the L.A. Restaurant food board (not for discussions of homemade food). Please post recipes and discussion of homemade food on another chowboard.

                          2. I really love the vacherin glace at Anisette in Santa Monica. It's like summer in a bowl...

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                              1. re: fdb

                                good choice i see
                                i'll have to come up with some of my own, just dreadfully tired right now.

                            1. The bread pudding at Masa in Echo Park is pretty high on my list of favorite desserts in LA.

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                              1. re: bigtums

                                Haha! I was scanning to see if anyone had posted this phenomenal dessert yet, and lo and behold, here it is! A HEARTY SECOND TO YOUR REC. This is truly, TRULY fantastic! Butter, Almond and Chocolate Croissants all in this delectable dessert. I dream of it!
                                Also, the deep fried ice cream at Mijares in Pasadena is really good.

                              2. I am not much of a sweet tooth, and rarely eat dessert, but I loved the Peach Crisp at Westside Tavern. Mmmmmm...

                                1. Susina at Beverly and LaBrea and Huckleberry on Wilshire in SM.

                                  1. The $14 deconstructed donut at Craft. I'm sorry if that sounds ridiculous, but every part of that dessert brought out a sigh from us all. That dinner was wonderful BTW, and unlike a few of the other parts of the many course dinner which were too salty, this dessert was perfect--amazing chocolate (I forget which imported one it was), custard, fruit "jelly," and some mix of savory and tart in the donut dough (was it lemon-thyme?). Sorry, I forgot the details, it was about a year ago, but oh, the memory of a fabulous meal topped off by a scrumptious dessert still lingers...

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                                    1. re: nyctolafoodie

                                      Craft's deconstructed donut is all kinds of awesome. In fact, Craft's desserts in general are just normally tops (Deconstructed Reese's PB cup, gelati, etc.). But Schimenti has left, and I haven't returned since.

                                      In lieu of Craft, I'd like to offer Church & State's dessert board. 6 items for roughly $18. Various tarts, mouse, pana cotta, crumbles, all seasonal fruits, all jammed with butter, all French inflected. The tarts rival anything coming out of Tartine right now.

                                      1. re: TonyC

                                        Oh my, that the dessert board sounds amazing... Hmmm, I wonder if I can go there just for the dessert?


                                    2. i just tried the raspberry white chocolate cheesecake from the cheesecake factory last night...wow, that was one mighty tasty dessert....never liked stuff from here, but that cheesecake was really really good. sweet but not overly sweet...the mix of raspberry and white chocolate flavor was perfect.

                                      1. Hot Fudge Toasted Pecan Malt Shake at Lucky Devil's

                                        1. Bulgarini Gelato is a wonderful spot where some fantastic flavors are made daily. I love supporting a local business that's run by a passionate creative.


                                          Bulgarini Gelato
                                          749 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA 91001

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                                          1. re: cheapbastid

                                            I second that and most specifically their pistachio gelato. Heavenly.
                                            Aside from this I gained something like 20 lbs. since La Maison du Pain opened, so I guess everything there is pretty much my favorite dessert. The fruit tartlets are awesome.

                                          2. Kaiserschmirren (sp?) at Spago especially when the strawberries are at their best.

                                            1. I have to say the "Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate" dessert I had a few weeks ago at Melisse may be the best chocolte dessert I've ever had. It had four items: (1) a chocolate souffle into which they injected melted valhrona chocolate after they brought it to the table; (2) a chocolate peanut butter cake with a crispy layer; (3) a bon bon coated with white chocolate with dark chocolate insude; and (4) a mocha chocolate mouse.

                                              Roy's coconut haupia puffs. They are not usually on the menu, but they are similar to profiteroles -- pastry stuffed with slightly flavored coconut custard, served with caramel and chocolate sauce, carmelized banana, and diced fruit.

                                              Kiriko's black sesame ice cream.

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                                              1. re: Jwsel

                                                That ice cream at Kiriko is killer. I could eat black sesame everything for days ...

                                              2. The Peanut Butter Banana Donut at Stan's in Westwood.

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                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                  OMG, it would never last long enough in my house to end up as dessert. those things are so freaking good! i never thought of having those flavors in a donutl

                                                2. budino - mozza
                                                  panna cotta with caviar - ludo bites
                                                  3 flans - rivera
                                                  blueberry wonton thing - orris
                                                  great great grandmother's corn cake - cook's tortas

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                                                  1. re: peppermonkey

                                                    "panna cotta with caviar - ludo bites"


                                                  2. Coffee Crunch gelato at Al Gelato...perfection!

                                                    1. i've always been partial to the massive warm and crusty Blackberry Cobbler at Cynthia's piled high with vanilla ice cream... haven't had it in years due to allergies, but i'm thinking it might be worth it one of these days.

                                                      1. I really love Angel Maid Bakery... it's a super simple Japanese bakery in Culver City that has yummy French inspired desserts and pastries... the custard fruit tart is delectable! They're also known for their cream puffs (chocolate dipped is best!)

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                                                        1. re: kushnerom

                                                          is that the one that's next door to mariscos chente????

                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                              Yes and Chente is awesome--just went back again yesterday and had the shrimp cheviche--phenomenal! Angel Maid ran out of their fruit tarts when I went yesterday too... they have the BEST fruit tarts made with real pastry cream instead of pudding or whipped cream--yuk! They are closed Mondays though and only open til' noon on Sundays. Go early or else everything runs out! :(


                                                              1. re: kushnerom

                                                                angelmaid, can you get individual fruit tarts, or they only those whole big ones for parties?


                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  They actually have the individual little ones too and I think they are around $3 which is really cheap considering French shops charge around $5 for one. They also have an assortment of other individual pastries... the pear almond tart is delicious, apple pocket, bread pudding cake, mocha cake.... cream puffs are great here too!

                                                                  1. re: kushnerom

                                                                    i'll have to stop by if in the area of chente for lunch, too bad it's not open in the evening.

                                                                  2. re: kevin

                                                                    Angel Maid also has a fruit "boat" that is very similar to the fruit tart, but all the goods are laid on top of some very nice puff pastry instead.

                                                                    1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                      Mmmm, I haven't had that there but my old work used to get a huge one done for people's birthdays from Paris Bakery in Westwood? It was delicious and I couldn't believe how huge they could make a custard fruit tart!


                                                              2. re: kushnerom

                                                                the cream puffs are addictive...the tarts are always a hit went i bring one to family dinners when you are told to bring a dessert..also ditto to wienermobile rec for stans..great diet breakers...and i like to give a shout out to canter's for their 7 layer cake...

                                                              3. Butterscotch pudding at Jar in Hollywood. *Drool*

                                                                1. My second rec, the Banana Cake @ Clementine!

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                                                                  1. re: MahiMahiFish

                                                                    Banana bread or banana cake? What makes it so yummy? Super moist? Light? Real banana flavor? Does it have nuts in it? I love banana-y desserts... and fortunately, my wife bakes a killer chocolate-chip banana bread.

                                                                    1. re: DrBruin

                                                                      Banana Cake. The added touch of greatness is the cream cheese frosting, it's outstanding. Yes, very moist, light, slight banana flavor which doesn't overwhelm the taste. Real banana flavor, for sure. We have always been there @ lunch time, the pieces are fresh, soft, moist, etc. Not sure what they are like at the end of the day...
                                                                      My wife loves banana-y desserts as well, she's hooked!

                                                                  2. Philippe's custard pie. It is the closest thing to heaven that I've ever tasted.

                                                                    1. So, I was watching a rerun of The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the food channel... and I think it was Duff who was raving about this chocolate bacon concoction at Animal.

                                                                      Is this anyone's favorite dessert?

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                                                                      1. re: DrBruin

                                                                        Ummm....I've never had it, but it might be mine!!!

                                                                        1. re: DrBruin

                                                                          I had it, again, last week and while it's fine/good, it's certainly not revelatory.

                                                                          1. re: a213b

                                                                            The Hawaiian shaved ice truck "Get Shaved". Can't wait 'til Tuesdays and Thursdays when it's in the SFV. Hopefully the weather will stay hot so I can enjoy a few more snow cones.


                                                                          2. re: DrBruin

                                                                            Joe's doughnuts at Animal doused in Caramel Sauce....light as a cloud.

                                                                          3. Sadly the restaurant is no more, but I still want to post this in hopes that the chefs who made it end up bringing it to the menu elsewhere!

                                                                            Minibar on Cahuenga used to have the most amazing Chocolate Soup with Marshmellows that was indescribably good.