Steven Ter Horst
When only the best will do, it’s worth looking into a dessert café which specialises in chocolate. Located on Unley Road, Malvern, is a small chocolatier specialising in making Belgian chocolates*. Steven Ter Horst also have a small stock of decadent cakes and goodies which are well worth a taste. Their prices are reasonable, however the serve usually only includes the cake, so no accompaniments. The cake pictured above was one of two desserts shared between two. Due to the richness of this dessert, it is best shared.
Steven Ter Horst
This was my choice, a slightly less exciting dessert. It had a crunchy base which I can only describe as chocolate crackle. The mousse part was extremely delicate, light and fluffy. It lacked a richness of flavour which distinguished it in any way. Sadly at the later hour, there were few desserts available to choose from.
I would like to return at a time when more desserts are available, as I’ve heard that their salted caramel tarts are divine, and I have a weakness for that flavour! I also want to try the Lemon Lust, lemon being another favourite flavour. Their drinks were also nice, though I’d recommend going for something other than a hot or iced chocolate if you are also having a chocolate dessert. Definitely worth a visit – just make sure you don’t settle.
*Just as an aside – does anyone else feel a little amazed when people talk about Belgium chocolate? It’s Belgian chocolate, from Belgium. Belgium is the place.
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I love dessert. I love chocolate. I remember one Nestle block which had two layers, a dark and a milk, it had red packaging and it was so good. The height of chocolate milkshakes – Nesquik. Now my taste buds are mature. I go to Haighs, Bracegirdle’s and the Chocolate Bean. I’m always on the lookout for a new chocolate dessert destination.
Chocolatree is a dessert café which serves chocolate in drink and dessert form. It’s a little more expensive than some, desserts are typically $10-15. I had an Iced Salted Caramel drink and cake with anglaise, melted chocolate, strawberries and strawberry coulis.
The drink was really nice. Look at my fabulous dessert! A strange choice when considering that I ordered the Chocolate Delice, supposedly a piece of cake with other elements. The chocolate curls and melted chocolate were delicious. The strawberry pieces and strawberry coulis were fantastic, providing refreshing bursts of sweet flavour. The anglaise was quite thin but pleasant flavoured. The downside was the cake, which I assumed was the main part of the dessert! There were around 5 or 6 small pieces of soggy cake floating around in this dessert. Next time I’ll get a dessert which is a little less liquid, because the cakes I saw in the counter looked nice.
Muffin and icecream – didn’t try it but it looked nice.
Milk and Dark hot chocolate
I noticed many tables leaving food behind. I’m not sure if this was due to overindulgence or because people are wasteful but I think it’s a shame. Eating what is on my plate is important to me. On the other hand, people judge restaurants by the size of their meals, even if the portions then tend to be twice as much as they need. Is food left on the plate a good or bad sign?
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Swedish Tarts Patisserie – Scab Cake
Swedish Tarts Patisserie, on Semaphore Road, Semaphore, is my favourite café. Reasonable prices for unique food. They have a Swedish theme, with Elder-flower soda, and lots of smoked salmon and marzipan in their dishes (not at the same time!). I’m a fan of the Elder-flower soda. The picture at the top of this post is the Scab Cake. An ugly name for a delicious cake, with marzipan flavoured patisserie and chewy hazelnut based cake rounds alternately layered. Served with a dollop of heavy cream, it is perfection.
Aside from the wonderful cakes, all of which I would recommend, they have a yummy selection of flat breads. These flatbreads are baked in-house and filled with different combinations of ingredients. My favourite is the smoked salmon, capers, dill, cream cheese combination. Coming in second would be the parmesan, bacon, sun-dried tomato and rocket. I visit quite often.
Recently Swedish Tarts Bakery has opened, on Findon Road opposite the Fire Station.
Chicken, Lentil pies
This is a picture of the chicken and lentil pies served at the bakery. They also have magnificent cakes, and obviously closer to those who live south. They are definitely worth a visit.
All in all, a great way to enjoy a Saturday morning, with fresh food served in an interesting way. Highly recommended.