Nine extravagant, outrageous and plain scrumptious sweets to try
From kunafa to date dibs, sugar (natural and otherwise) represents one of those most irresistible aspects of the region’s cooking repertoire. Marking a departure from the need to add gold dust to everything, Dubai is now nurturing a wholly original pastry scene, with creative, ostentatious and mind-blogging concepts all well represented on our best dessert menus.
Milas kunafa At this new Emirati eatery in The Dubai Mall, the famous Arabian dessert kunafa is given a twist (and a touch of colour), in order to create something new and unique. The bright pink little cake has a crispy, crumbly, biscuity texture and contains a sweet, smooth cream. It is like eating the Middle East’s answer to the red velvet cupcake and well worth a try. Dhs27. Milas, Denim District, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 388 2313).
Electric Kulfi Approximately a year since its launch, Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor has given its menu a refresh, including a slew of new desserts, one of which being the ‘electric kulfi’. In keeping with the restaurant’s ‘progressive Indian’ concept, the concoction combines the classic Indian dish kulfi (an Indian style frozen yoghurt), with modern techniques, by creating a crispy, deep fried version, with popping candy inside for an explosive surprise. Dh39. Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, Meliá Dubai, Kuwait Street, Bur Dubai (04 386 8111).
Chawan mushi Traditionally, chawan mushi is a classic Japanese savoury dish of steamed egg custard. But not at innovators Zuma, where the idea has been reworked into a dessert, and where perhaps the only similarity with the original is that it is served in a tea cup. The dish is made with layer upon layer of a custard of sorts, which is in fact a foam layered with fresh papaya, creating the illusion of mousse. Dhs48. Zuma, DIFC (04 425 5660).
Chocolate samosas With the typical touch of added flair from Michelin-starred Indian chef Vineet Bhatia at his Dubai restaurant Indego by Vineet, try a variation on the country’s classic savoury stuffed pastry. Here, the dessert menu offers fine filo pastry, rolled into elegant quenelles, stuffed with a thick, rich spiced chocolate sauce. Dhs75. Indego by Vineet, Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888).
Full English breakfast That's right, you can now eat a fry up for your dessert, so to speak. The new leisurely breakfast event BreakSlow at Flow Kitchen includes a rather novel dessert where every item on the plate looks like a savoury component of a full English breakfast, but is in fact a sweet creation, with vanilla panacotta with passion fruit curd playing the part of fried eggs, white chocolate and tropical fruit sauce as baked beans and raspberry and Nutella French toast that looks like hash browns. Genius! Dhs155 (BreakSlow package with juices, tea and coffee). Flow Kitchen, Fairmont the Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3388).
Les Grandes Desserts de Pierre Gagnaire Time Out Dubai's award winning best restaurant of 2013 changes the selection of its dishes regularly in accordance with the French seasons. Even so, one signature on the dessert menu not to be missed is Les Grandes Desserts de Pierre Gagnaire, (in classic Gagnaire-style seen at his restaurants around the world), it involves an ever changing array of at least seven different desserts, from beautifully conceived classics, to more wacky innovations. Dhs105. Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Festival City (04 701 1127).
White Chocolate Matcha Surprise This particular dessert from Karma Kafé brings a bit of dining drama to the table, with a dessert that presents a fantastical visual display. An elegant looking little sphere of white chocolate is presented to diners, over which the waiter then pours a warm green matcha (Japanese green tea powder) sauce, resulting in a gradually disappearing sphere and a shape- shifting dessert. Inside is a raspberry sorbet. Dhs70. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).
White Truffle ice-cream The Italian chefs at Roberto's have found an inspired way of crossing the sweet-savoury boundaries, and showing off Italy's most prized ingredient – the white truffle, currently in season – in the process. Try the freshly prepared ice-cream on its own, or if you’re adventurous as an accompaniment to another dish. Dhs95. Roberto's, DIFC (04 386 0066).
Orange blossom financier After a refresh of the menu, the Ottoman-inspired afternoon tea menu at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray now finishes with an orange blossom financier created by Eric Lanlard, the same chef that made Madonna’s wedding cake. This indulgent little treat is made with almonds, orange blossom water, topped with dried rose petals (from the local souks), Iranian-style candy floss pashmak and gold leaf flakes. Dhs155 per person (Ottoman afternoon tea). Sultan's Lounge, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (04 453 0444)
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Bharat Lalwani Mar 20, 2014 02:24 am
You should try iCream, an amazing concept where they create your desserts (ice creams, yogurts, sorbets and shakes ) instantly using liquid nitrogen..its creamy, fresh and smooth and you custom create more than 100,000 combinations.