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Aug 29, 2014 09:51 PM

B Sweet

It's on Sawtelle. Was walking by the place on my way to Clusi Batusi (the alfredo there, BTW, is excellent). Had a decent line coming out the door when we first passed it. Barely a line at all around 9PM or so (although a decent crowd sitting outside).

Decor is very "hip" (lots of wood and vintage items buffed to a nice shine).

The cashier said the place was a catering business, then 2 food trucks, and then finally a brick-and-mortar store. The menu is quite confusing (mainly b/c of the way it's organized). Some of it appears to be on the wall, some of it looks like it's on fridge. They have multiple version of their "famous" bread pudding, a cookie, two brownies (a "regular" version and a "sluttiest" version w/ "5 layers of sin"), and some other stuff that I didn't pay much attention to.

The size of the baked goods is GIGANTIC. The large cookie is probably the same size as a Pizza Hut personal pizza. The brownies are also large (though not as big as the large cookie). Prices seemed to be somewhere btw $5-9 dollars.

We settled for the "fudgiest brownie" + a scoop of vanilla ice cream (the only flavor). Cashier offered to warm it (yes, please). $6 total.

It wasn't that fudgy. But, thankfully, it also wasn't too sweet and was plesantly simple. The ice cream is... average? But none of it anywhere close to bad. I'd say it similar to what an above average home baker could create. But, you know, for $6, it was just fine. Wouldn't make a special trip out for it, but if you're walking by and have the hankering for something sweet, you could do far worse, I think.

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  1. Wow. That doesn't sound like a real endorsement. I noticed it earlier tonight too.

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    1. re: kevin

      "That doesn't sound like a real endorsement."

      I had the same thought.

      From the review, I am surprised it even sparked enough passion for a review.

      1. re: kevin

        Eh, sometimes knowing what to possibly skip can be as important as anything else.

        The owners of the place seemed really nice and gave out samples freely. It's not bad. It's... maybe slightly above average? And sometimes there's a time and place for that.

      2. We tried the cookies n cream bread pudding after dinner at Sushi Tsujita last weekend. The owners are very nice and generous with samples.

        The bread pudding was warm in a chinese takeout container. $1 for a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was Thrifty ice cream they buy in big tubs from
        Smart n Final. It was a good dessert but a little on the sweet side. So rich you could really only have a few bites before your blood sugar rises above a safe level.

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        1. re: js76wisco

          Agree that the desserts need to be split among as many people as possible. In that sense, the place ends up being a good value (our $6 brownie could've easily fed 3 people, possibly 4).

        2. I agree. It offers an array of simple, well-made desserts in an area lacking for these types of desserts. There are other options, of course - Blockheads (not a fan), Beard Papa, Yogurtland, boba, Churros Caliente a little farther out (yum) - but I welcome what they're bringing.

          In working our way thru the menu, the winners at the moment (for us) are the bread pudding (have had only the cookies and cream) and the sluttiest brownie. The fudge brownie is good if unremarkable. The glazed donut ice cream sandwich is very pedestrian.

          The portions are definitely for sharing and the prices are fair for what you get. Yes, the stuff trends sweet, but it's also a dessert bar named B Sweet. The people are nice. The options are plenty. I'm a fan.

          1. In their defense, B Sweet has a really nice crew, cordial service, and their peach cobbler is probably the best in the city currently.

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            1. re: J.L.

              Peach cobbler??? I don't recall seeing that yesterday. I do think they had an apple pie, though. Hmmmm....

              1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                The peach cobbler was a "Daily Special" on the day I went. YMMV.

                1. re: J.L.

                  Maybe I should go back. ;)

                  The daily (weekly?) special menu was really confusing. It's posted rather far away on the fridge. It has numerous entries on it; I assume only the ones w/ a price are available at that time?

                  BTW, Clusi Batusi needs to hire some more cooks + servers! Michele said he had been overstaffed the evening b/f when it was quiet it was totally mobbed when we went last night. Fortunately, the wait staff informed us that the food would take awhile (which it did). And the quality is still wonderful. I just worry that some customers will be turned off by the wait....

                  1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                    I think THE menu you should look at is the one on the wall to your right as you are facing the cashier. That should have everything (including any specials) on it.

                    And yes, poor Chef Michele is working with less burners than he would like. The food is marvelous when it does come out, though.

            2. we had the red velvet and the glazed donut bread puddings last sunday after having dinner at Gottsui.

              red velvet was too sweet.

              glazed donut was perfect.

              our next visit, we're having the sluttiest of sluts (see attached)