Anyone who says breakfast is the most important meal of the day has obviously never had dessert. From seven-course dessert degustations (life = made), to Hungarian chimney cakes and everything in between, dessert for us is always the main event.
Here are the best dessert bars in Sydney to wrap your laughing gear around.
One of the newest offerings to hit Baranagaroo, and boasting harbour views, 12-Micron is a dreamy location with a dessert menu to match. The best part? It’s open till late. Chef Darren Purchese has whipped up a menu filled with delectable creations, all guaranteed to get your mouth drooling before you even take a bite. The coconut sago with passionfruit, ginger and mint, along with the strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake are a must. For anyone throwing caution (and calories) to the wind, get amongst their five or seven-course decadent dessert degustation.
After stealing our hearts back in 2015, Masterchef alumni Reynold Poernomo went on to steal our bellies with the opening of his Indonesian inspired dessert bar, KOI. The venue is split in two, with a patisserie-style casual cafe on the lower level, and a bar and lounge upstairs for more formal dining. The selection of sugary goodness changes seasonally, but one thing’s for sure, it guaranteed to be good. The four-course dessert degustation includes a chocolate tapioca cake with tonka bean ice cream, yogurt and salted caramel; it’s deliciousness on a plate and worth every calorie. Trust us.
ICYMI Andy Bowdy has set up shop in Enmore. This Sydney cake wizard is famous for cakes with flavour combos you can’t help by ‘gram. Delicately presented with flowers, meringues and layers of mouth-watering deliciousness in between we don’t blame you for wanting a piece of each in your belly. Now imagine that in a single serve. Sounds like a dream come true? We think so.
The Hong Kong dessert chain, Dessert Kitchen, hit the streets of Sydney and brought with it some weird and wonderful desserts. Serving up a light Asian desserts menu that promises low-fat sweets and uses ingredients like matcha, fresh fruits, seaweed balls, and kanten. The desserts are unique, light and delicious meaning you can eat twice as many. Say goodbye to sticky date pudding and hello to Ice Stream Ramen—kanten noodles in a sweet milky soup with crushed ice, mango and rice balls. Give it a try before you judge, we promise it’s good.
Randwick, Surry Hills, Crows Nest & Darlinghurst
If you haven’t tried Kurtosh’s Hungarian chimney cake, you’re not doing life right. The cakes are rolled, cooked and sprinkled with your chosen topping in front of your very eyes, and that's only the beginning. These traditional cakes are fun to unravel and absolutely delicious. For our not-so-inner-gluttons, slab cakes can be bought by weight (hell-to-the-yes!) so there’s no stopping us from trying every type on offer.
Under the skilful hand of Dessert King and pastry extraordinaire Andy Bowdy, Hartsyard in Newtown became a Sydneysiders go-to for dessert. The peanut butter and banana sundae with pretzel ice cream, banana doughnuts and salted fudge was an instant favourite and still features on the menu today. While the king himself has left, Hartsyard continues to deliver (and maintain) its successful rep on Sydney’s dessert scene.
Remember those milkshakes topped with Nutella doughnuts and all kinds of sugary goodness? These are the guys who started it all. The team at Tella Balls have created a dessert heaven with their epic doughnuts; soft, fluffy and dangerously good. Leave room for the lasagne with layers of chocolate biscuit, Nutella and soft chocolate cream, and bring your friends because you’ll want to divide and conquer this one.
Messina Creative Department
Since 2002 Gelato Messina has blessed Sydney with its heavenly gelato and in 2016 the team upped the ante with the opening of Messina Creative Department in Darlinghurst. Initially a production area, creative space and test kitchen the Creative Department now offers a dessert degustation. The seven-course meal is made up entirely of dessert; but the team promise it won’t leave you in a sugar coma (although we could think of worse ways to go).
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Tella Balls | Image credit: Caitlin Hicks