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Most decadent dessert 2014

What's the most decadent dessert you have eaten recently in a GTA restaurant? One that will be etched in your memory for a long long time...

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  1. So nobody eats dessert in Toronto or what? My girlfriends and I are always on the hunt for an outrageously delicious and decadent dessert when we go out. What's worth a special detour in the city right now? Price and location do not matter as long as in Toronto's vicinity.

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    1. re: TheFoodTravelLover

      Personally. I have no intention of dishing out $$$ for this dessert. However, I noticed a number of upper end Chinese restaurants in town do offer ' Red Swallow nests and rock sugar double boiled dessert soup ' for at least $100 a bowl ( normal size individual serving soup bowl ). Variation using fresh Coconut or Papaya as 'container' are also available.
      May be this is exotic and decadent enough for you?!

      1. re: Charles Yu

        Thanks for the suggestion Charles but by decadent, I didn't mean expensive. I meant a dessert that will make me want to lick the plate and order another one or 2 or 3. Boiled swallow nest doesn't sound like it will foot the bill.

        1. re: TheFoodTravelLover

          To me, decadent means a couple bites are probably more than enough.

          The best desserts I've ever had were at Pierre Gagnaire -- "Le grand dessert." However, I'm not sure they were "decadent" other than the price. The best dessert I've ever had was there: a d├ęclinaison of carrots... in dessert form. Perfect for someone who hates sweets.

          1. re: yakionigiri

            Ok, now I realize "decadent" may have not been the best choice of word. How about replacing it with "memorable"?

    2. I haven't been eating much dessert lately, but
      check out this thread:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841377
      Scaramouche's coconut cream pie is one of the most decadent desserts I've had in Toronto. I haven't been to Scaramouche in 2014, so I haven't tried any of the current desserts listed, but I've loved seasonal rhurbarb desserts I've ordered there in the past. http://www.scaramoucherestaurant.com/...

      The most decadent dessert I've had this year was the selection of mignardises on Splendido's tasting menu (a cassis fruit gelee, passionfruit macaron, raspberry marshmallow, chocolate truffle, ice cream cones with apricot/mixed fruit sorbet), which I liked more than the lemon mousse which was the dessert course which preceded the mignardises.

      The desserts at Cafe Boulud have been great. http://www.cafeboulud.com/toronto/menu

      VON doughnuts would be the next most decadent sweet I've had this year, after the Splendido mignardises. Most decadent doughnuts I've ever had.

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      1. re: prima

        That's more like it! A platter of mignardises? That's awesome! I love to have a taste of everything! The more the merrier! Thanks for the suggestions!

        1. re: prima

          How is the Scaramouche coconut cream pie made nowadays?
          Patisserie cream?

          1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

            It tastes like regular coconut cream pie, but much more generous with the filling, so it's something like a mile high coconut cream pie. I'm guessing it contains custard, whipped cream and coconut. I'm not a big fan of coconut cream pie, but everyone I know who likes coconut cream pie loves the Scaramouche version .

            1. re: prima

              I'm a coconut cream pie fanatic.

              I'm also a Scaramouche fanatic.

              Ironically, their coconut cream pie is one of the very few letdowns I've ever had there. Found it fairly plain, with little coconut flavour. I realize I'd be in the extreme minority... it is well loved.

              Only had it once though, years ago. Perhaps it's time to revisit whenever I next go to Scaramouche (which will hoepfully be soon!).

              At the risk of even more jeers and boos my pick for decadent dessert is the white chocolate brownie at Moxie's. Outstanding.

              Also, the Steamed Duck's Egg Yolk Bun at Skyview Fusion Cuisine. So rich and delicious.

              1. re: magic

                Hay Magic! Remember those 'Mango Mochis' from O'Mei?!
                Pretty good too!

        2. Beast's sticky toffee pudding. Is it bad to drink the sauce?

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          1. re: tweenietoes

            If it's that good, there's no shame in drinking the sauce!

            1. re: TheFoodTravelLover

              I'm butting in here but I have to say that I do think that it's that good. Has been a few years since I've had it, but it really is the only dessert that I still dream about to this day.
              No other dessert or sticky toffee pudding variation has come close (and believe me -- I've tried!)

               
          2. Bar Isabel's Basque cake.
            Heavenly.

            I have never done it, but you can add foie for $22 to make it 'extra' decadent.

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            1. re: happycamper

              +1 for the Basque Cake!

              At 1/3 of the price, the ' super moist, light and spongy and 'flammable' Rum Cake from Chris Jerk.

              1. re: happycamper

                Yes! The Basque cake is definitely the best restaurant dessert I've had this year! That sherry cream sauce is to die for!

                1. re: happycamper

                  My birthday is coming up soon, I'm going to make my non foodie husband bring me to Bar Isabel! :-)

                2. In Toronto, I'll go with the fried milk dessert on the menu at Isabel right now just because everyone says the Basque cake (but really, the Basque cake).

                  Outside of Toronto, "Vert" (white chocolate yoghurt, coriander, green apple, olive oil) at Patrice Patissier in Montreal and a pecorino romano cake at Del Posto in NYC with honey gelato.

                  1. The salted caramel budino with chocolate meringue at Campagnolo. $9. Crunchy shards of chocolate meringue stirred into a silky, smooth and rich salt caramel pudding. Best budino I've had anywhere. Fits my definition of decadent.

                    For a nice take on strawberry shortcake, while local Ontario strawberries are still at their best, the strawberry profiteroles at Campagnolo. $10
                    http://campagnolotoronto.com/menus/

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                    1. re: prima

                      Thanks for the recommendations Prima!

                    2. All the desserts at Richmond Station, esp the saffron pudding with rosewater sherbet.

                       
                       
                       
                       
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                        1. re: julesrules

                          One is a chocolate mousse with scotch ice cream, the multicolored one is called Skittles Pie (but made with various fruit flavours, berries, sorbet, etc rather than Skittles), and the pink and white dessert with yellow dots was a strawberry dessert with angel food cake, poppy seed, strawberries,not sure what else.

                          Richmond Station's pastry chef Farzam is creating some of the most inspired and tasty desserts I've tasted in Toronto. I liked that some of the dessert themes are playful (such as Skittles Pie) , but the desserts aren't overly sweet. Desserts are $9. The selection changes frequently, AFAIK.

                          (Julesrules, if you visit Richmond Station and see the chilled corn soup on the menu, try it. It's amazing.)

                          1. re: prima

                            Those sound amazing. Could I go here alone for lunch and not feel totally weird?

                        2. re: prima

                          Wow, if these desserts taste as good as they look, they must be REAL delicious!

                        3. Tiramisu lovers, the tiramisu at Nodo in the Junction is the real deal. http://nodorestaurant.ca/