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Spats Coffee House

Spatz Cafe banana split

Spats Cafe banana split

It’s sad to see a place like this still drearily and uninspiringly serving dull desserts, surrounded by excellent dessert cafes such as By Blackbird and Eggless. Spats is stuck somewhere in the 90’s, assuming it’s ok to serve overpriced, uninspired splits and sundaes. They don’t let anything get in their way, using chocolate syrup by the bottle and colouring cream with food dye to make a visually sickening plate. Spats isn’t getting away with it these days, as it was pretty quiet when we visited. We went there because Eggless had a ridiculously long line. It was a mistake.

 

I wont bother going back.

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Milkaholic not chocaholic

Dessert at Milkaholic

Dessert at Milkaholic

Dessert at Milkaholic. It was nothing special. The problem I had with dessert these days is that if it’s not done well, there’s five more dessert cafes which will do it well in a similar price range. One example of poor execution is the use of sub standard chocolate syrup. I’m used to quality melted chocolate – maybe I’ve been spoilt.

Finding a cherry pit in the morello cherries was another downside.

A slight Asian influence keeps their range of desserts diverse and interesting. I wouldn’t go there again, simply because there are other dessert cafes I’ve not yet been to.

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Steven Ter Horst

Steven Ter Horst

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

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.

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*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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Asian Delights: Dessert Story

I’ve visited Dessert Story three times and have not yet been disappointed. The very first dish I tried impressed me so much that I had it again the next time. For someone who gets food envy and feels the pressure to try new things, that’s pretty special. It was the shaved ice with mango pudding, pearls and red bean. Each time I changed the red beans to mango popping pearls, as I love their sweetness and the pop they give when bitten.

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All of the flavours work together in this dish. I love the mango pudding and the creamy shaved ice, as well as the pearls.

On my third visit, I bought the pudding in coconut milk and added green tea ice cream. It was also fantastic! The pudding was not sweet so the sweetness of the coconut milk and the ice cream worked together to keep it tasting like a dessert!

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Chocolatree – North Adelaide

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.

Chocolatree

Chocolatree

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!

Muffin!

Muffin and icecream – didn’t try it but it looked nice.

Milk and Dark hot chocolate

Milk and Dark hot chocolate

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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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San Churros – Adelaide keeps face

San Churros Banana Sundae

San Churros Banana Sundae

I first went to San Churros five or so years ago. In Melbourne. It was pretty awesome – a small, dimly lit café serving thick Spanish hot chocolate and churros. Fast forward to the present day, and here is Adelaide, boasting its very own San Churros, est. March, 2013. Find it on the corner of Rundle St (East) and East Terrace. Or just look for a huge line of people.

I have to admit, the one time I went there (during the Fringe Festival), I was actually seated quite quickly. I’ve heard complaints from others that the wait time is high. It’s still early days, and a chain from Melbourne, so I am sure the wait time will diminish. Look at the Chocolate Bean – while it’s usually full, there isn’t usually a lineup.

Now, the dessert. I really enjoyed the flavour combination of chocolate (melted – but real, not syrup), banana, cream and nuts. The churros were comparable to Chocolate Taperia and not better or worse. Chocolate Taperia’s churros were a bit doughier on the inside but San Churros lacked softness in the interior.

San Churros is definitely worth a visit though a little pricier, in my opinion, than some dessert cafés, but prices are inline with Chocolate Taperia, a café with a similar theme, but less emphasis on churros. Check them out.

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Eggless Delights

Eggless Tasting Platter

Eggless Tasting Platter

Eggless Dessert Cafe is this fantastic, popular, sugary sweet cafe catering to those of us with delicate constitutions. You know, the gluten-free, vegan, polarising souls in society. Poor dudes. Their menu indicates helpful options/items with soy substitutions, gluten-free and vegan options. Maybe eggless options as well?

They open at 8pm from Wednesday to Sunday. It’s common to have a line up before 8, even on a Wednesday. Usually if you get there 10 or 15 minutes early, however, you’ve got a good chance of getting a seat.

Every month, Eggless puts out a tasting platter of four of their dishes for the month.

You see, every month, Eggless has different dishes. They rotate through a few and others are new.

Eggless is a dessert café, one of the first of the new wave, as I like to think of it. There is a decidedly Asian influence to their desserts – such as, the Pandanmisu situated third in this picture. Like a Tiramisu, but with pandan! They also do yummy doughnut balls with different flavours, like rosehip. Different and still tasty.

I’d recommend going there – the prices are fair, but servings are not large. It all balances out. Happy eating!
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Chocolate Taperia

Horchata, Chocolate Taperia

Horchata, Chocolate Taperia

Horchata has to be the most satisfying word to say. It is also immensely satisfying to drink, with it’s rice-and-spice flavour. Chocolate Taperia made a good first impression with this!

Located on Melbourne St in North Adelaide, Chocolate Taperia is just one of many dessert destinations which have popped up around the CBD and its surrounds in recent years. It used to be: Elephant Walk, Dairy Bell, Spatz and only a few others. Now there seems to be new places opening up every few months. Chocolate Taperia’s main claim to difference is their Spanish influence, rather than traditional desserts.

Tasting Platter, Chocolate Taperia

Tasting Platter, Chocolate Taperia

Not a very well lit photo, but a delicious dessert consisting of churros (the new big thing in Adelaide, with the opening of San Churros and at least two Churro trucks at the latest Fork in the Road), dulche de leche empanadas (AMAZING), and some banana fritters – which had a more technical name I promptly forgot.

The empanadas were stand out – I have a particular fondness for dulche de leche, that’s for sure.

All in all, a moderate to high priced dessert bar suitable for romantic dates or after dinner face stuffing with friends!

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