If you don’t like dessert, then leave the chat now because you will not enjoy this plethora of sugary treats we’ve lined up. From magic chocolate balls to spaghetti gelato, here are 15 desserts you should’ve tried by now if you live in Melbourne.
Gelato | Piccolina
Collingwood, Hawthorn, St Kilda
Dripping in authenticity, Piccolina Gelateria is the place to go for your true Italian gelato hit. With weekly specials as well as regular decadent flavours like Bread, Butter & Jam, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Brownie and sorbet classics of Strawberry and Passionfruit, Piccolina needs to be at the top of your dessert hit list.
We’re not talking about dense, protein chocolate balls here. Ain’t nobody got time for those. We’re talking magic chocolate balls with crepe cakes; impeccably tempered chocolate that comes in character shapes including Despicable Me Minions, Totoro, Pikachu or Winnie The Pooh (because your mom was wrong, and you can play with food). Each cake is layered with strawberries, crushed Oreos, vanilla ice cream and served with your choice of three flavours (Thai milk tea, coconut pandan, Nutella). Thank you, Son In Law. Thank you.
Leaning Tella of Pisa | Nuts About Tella
Spreading diabetes far and wide, we can safely say this creation by four-wheeled truckie Nuts About Tella has KOed McDonald’s sorry excuse for a dessert. Four doughnut buns are smashed together in a hot press to create a crispy-on-the-outside, pillow-soft casing. Think of it as a cross between your morning pancakes and the best doughnut of your life. Oozing, thick, warm Nutella is sandwiched between buns to create the (appropriately named) Leaning Tella of Pisa.
We’re going to sing this dessert’s praises until the cows come home because it’s just that. good. Iki-Jime’s Tarte Tatin is a dish that could change your life, even if it’s for the few short minutes it will take you to inhale it. It’s a traditional Tarte Tatin (aka tart with caramelised fruit) served with ice cream. The crispy outside and delicious spiced apple make for the ultimate end to an already great meal.
Croissants | Lune Croissanterie
Are you even a true Melbournian if you haven’t lined up for hours outside of Lune? Probably not. Lune serves up deliciously flaky croissants, pastries, danishes and the standout: the cruffin. We’re talking lime splice, salted caramel, choc mousse and much much more. So grab a coffee and line up, because if you don’t, we’re going to mail you a ‘I’m a bad Melbournian’ badge.
Fun to say and even more fun to eat, Panqueques are Argentinian crèpes made from dulce de leche. The guys and gals from San Telmo have a ginger-spiced version that’ll send you through the roof; forget breakfast hotcakes, these babies are where it’s at.
Cannoli | T Cavallaro and Sons
Arguably the best cannoli in Melbourne, the crunchy delights from T Cavallaro and Sons will give you something to smile about. These guys know their stuff; they even catered for the Melbourne Olympics, so you know they’re the real deal.
Taiyaki is a Japanese fish-shaped cake filled with all sorts of yummy stuff, including custard, chocolate or even sometimes cheese or sweet potato. This dish looks as good as it tastes and the Supernormal wizards have concocted a rhubarb and duck egg custard version that is out of this world.
Tipsy Cake | Dinner By Heston
If you want to treat yourself to a mind-blowing dessert, then head over to Crown and order the Tipsy Cake at Dinner By Heston. Little brioche bites and a caramelised spit-roasted pineapple; how could you possibly go wrong?
If you haven’t seen our video of Madame Spaghetti’s Spaghetti Gelato, do yourself a favour and watch it. Then immediately head to Nonna’s Cucina, have a hearty Italian meal and order Spaghetti Gelato for dessert. You see, Nonna’s and Madame are neighbours; so you can order Spaghetti Gelato without even leaving your table. You are welcome.
Lemon Tart | Entrecôte
If you’re in the mood for that classic je-ne-sais-quoi, you’ll want to head to South Yarra for some lemon tart at Entrecôte. Perfect crust, tart but sweet filling and a general feeling of wholesome satiety, without all the typical ‘I think my pants might split’ post-dessert anxiety. (If you really want to dig in though, try their profiteroles; ooh la la.)
Look, you can’t go wrong with Tiramisu; it’s a dietary staple at this point. And no one does it like Mamma’s Boy: intersecting layers of spongy and creamy goodness all stuffed in a cute jar that’ll make you wish you had skipped the garlic bread and ordered a second helping of dessert.
Meringue Monster | LuxBite
South Yarra, CBD
With macarons every colour and cakes every flavour under the sun, LuxBite is your one-stop-shop for desserts. From peanut butter and jelly macarons to cakes inspired by lolly bags, it's all your childhood dreams come true. But the pièce de résistance is the Meringue Monster: green tea sponge cake with pistachio, watermelon yoghurt, sour strawberry mousse covered in meringue and freeze-dried raspberry.
Did someone say halloumi doughnuts? Gazi not only dishes out some of the best Greek around town but great Greek food means great Loukoumades and we’re all about those tiny balls of deliciousness. Plus when they’re slathered in passionfruit curd and spiced cream, how can we possibly say no?
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Image credit: Entrecote Melbourne