Save room for these sweet treats.
It’s hard to resist the dessert at Monster Kitchen, whatever’s on the ever-changing menu. Sean McConnell creates magical dishes like the soft chocolate, hazelnut, Meyer lemon and citrus leaf ice-cream. A little bit sweet and the perfect amount of sour, it’s one fabulous hit of flavour.
25 Edinburgh Avenue, New Acton
This is where the purists come for ice-cream. Frugii features a concise list of flavours, from the classic Vanilla Bean to the blast-from-the-past Musk Stick. Gelato fans will relish the Dark Chocolate and Rosewater.
30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
The French are known for butter-rich everything but Les Bistronomes keeps things relatively light. There’s a crème brûlée and a generous cheese board but it’s the passionfruit soufflé, with a centre of oozing chilli-inflected passionfruit, served with coconut sorbet that makes for the perfect denouement.
Corner of Mort and Elouera streets, Braddon
Who said popcorn was just for the movies? The Caramel Popcorn Sundae from Eightysix is a mash-up of fine dining and the classic movie treat. Yes, it tastes as good as it looks.
Corner of Elouera and Lonsdale Streets, Braddon
Pork belly buns and Japanese fried chicken are the perennial favourites on Akiba’s playful menu. But it would be a crime to fill up on them – or the Peking duck soup dumplings – when there’s lemon and tofu cheesecake with Anzac-biscuit crumb and pandan jelly requiring belly space.
40 Bunda Street, Canberra
Jones & Co. Eating House
Formally Me & Mrs Jones, the revamped Jones & Co. Eating House offers moreish comfort food, such as gnocchi, lamb ribs and steamed dumplings. The desserts are equally craveable. Try the dark chocolate pavé with roasted hazelnut sablé, espresso mousse and a peanut-butter garnish. For a dish as fragrant as an English garden, try the blackberry pie with lavender mascarpone, violet syrup and sweet-basil ice-cream.
26 Giles Street, Kingston
The classic Australian Gaytime ice-cream is thrown in the deep fryer – and the result puts the deep-fried Mars Bar to shame. This dessert from Shorty’s Bar is crunchy on the outside and oozy in the middle. Served with honeycomb and caramel, it’s wickedly addictive.
29 Garema Place, Canberra
This contemporary Thai restaurant puts as much effort into its dessert as its standout Angel Prawns. Our sweet pick? The Egg in Hay, which combines sweet coconut with the textures of pashmak and roti for a decedent finish.
18-19 Eastlake Parade, Kingston