DESSERT HAVEN

Despite its penchant for cozying up to your hips for a long time, anyone with a sweet tooth will sooner cave in to the sweet cravings than resist. Resistance is absolutely futile. But futility aside, there is the cardinal rule of the sweet tooth association that does hold fast: it is sacrilegious to skip dessert. And so, taking comfort that my next workout session is the following day, thus easing the guilt of indulging in desserts, I entered dessert haven without trepidation.
First stop was Bottega Ristorante at Jl Prof. Dr. Satrio when Anto, and Theresia, and I decided to chill on a Friday night after a pick-and -shovel first week of school. Dessert was a unanimous choice, as it came highly recommended by Anto who had visited the place earlier on. The Nutella banana bread with marshmallow topping was a sweet, light-on-the-tummy end to our filling main courses. Cut into squares, each pastry puff was a heavenly blend of banana, chocolate spread that wasn’t cloying, and buttery-flaky pastry puff. *burp*

Nutella banana bread with marshmallow by Bottega Ristorante


Second stop was Kitchenette at Senayan City during a catch up session with two of my former students who were about to embark on a new chapter in their lives – university life. It was my first time at the bistro-ish, which exuded a grandmother’s-kitchen vibe with its wooden-silver interior and furnishings, and a stunning dessert display counter filled with delectable sweet stuff. Typical of women, we three decided to share the calories by ordering three desserts: tiramisu, banana crepe, and Ferrero Rocher pie. The tiramisu, my choice, was a balance meld of cream, cocoa, mascarpone, and caramel and chocolate sauces. On the other hand, the banana crepe – Indira’s choice – added a fruity taste to the caramel undertone while the Ferrero Rocher pie – Nadia’s choice – was the perfect reworking of Ferrero Rocher. Imagine – the elegant chocolate ball was turned into a divine slice of pie that was, surprisingly, a fitting end to the dessert binge. *food coma*

Clockwise: tiramisu, banana crepe, Ferrero Rocher pie


Finally, the last dessert stop was at Arts Cafe by Raffles. Adjacent to Lotte Shopping Mall on Kasablanka, it is a buffet place specializing in local and international cuisine done up against the eye-catching artworks of Hendra Gunawan. After a satisfying buffet meal – the dishes can be delivered to your table if you wish – it was certainly illogical not to head to the dessert station teeming with exquisitely created desserts. I missed the chocolate fondue fountain due being absolutely taken by the cake station. The choices were overwhelming, but after having circled the station twice, I made my choice: black forest, petite choux, and tiramisu. It was festival on the palate of cream and chocolate that tangoed in perfect harmony. *yum*

Clockwise: black forest, petite choux, tiramisu by Arts Cafe by Raffles


It was obvious that I had to make a few more trips to these dessert havens again to savor the rest of the menu. For instance, I still had to douse fruits and marshmallows with the gooey chocolate sauce from the chocolate fountain at Arts Cafe. Then there’s still the, to name a few, carrot cake with salted caramel sauce and the Nutella mousse cake at Kitchenette. Lastly, another round of the Nutella banana bread with marshmallow is never a bad thing.

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