Our favourite Melbourne desserts...

Desserts can make or break a meal. We share our favourite Melbourne desserts so you can make sure your dining experience ends on a sweet note.
Salted caramel ice cream churros tacos 

The salted caramel ice cream churros taco is Acland Street Cantina's dessert pièce de résistance. Piped into a flat "taco", the churros were puffy and light on the inside and deliciously crisp on the outside. And what other word can you use to describe velvety, decadent salted caramel ice cream apart from yum?

Madeleine filled with lemon curd 

The highlight of my breakfast at Cumulus Inc were these lovely madeleines filled with lemon curd. There is a 15 minute wait for these but they are well worth it! Perfectly shaped with a crisp exterior from being baked in moulded pans, the madeleines were fluffy and light. The lemon curd that oozed out of these had the perfect level of tartness - yum!
Mexican dark chocolate molten cake 
roast almond ice cream & spice poached pears

FOG Restaurant and Bar's Mexican dark chocolate cake was a decadent end to the meal. Extremely rich and moist, yet not overly sweet, and with an oozing chocolate centre. Pure indulgence. 

Mini Dutch pancakes (poffertjes)

Sezanas has the best Mini Dutch pancakes (poffertjes) in town. Served piping hot with vanilla ice cream and drizzled generously with Maple syrup, these little morsels of heaven are to die for.

Fruit and nut bagels with mixed berry mascarpone, strawberries and pistachio dust

Manchester Press' sweet bagel was excellent. The flavours were expertly balanced and the toppings generous. The creamy mascarpone had the perfect level of sweetness and complemented the acidity from the berries beautifully. The fruit and nut bagel itself was lovely – luxuriously dense, crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside with a delectable hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Milk chocolate and peanut sublime, candy bar style

As the name suggests, this Acland St Cantina dessert was certainly sublime. The candied nuts provided a lovely textural element and counterbalanced the smooth chocolate "candy bar". Rich and decadent, this was a naughty dessert.

Orange Blossom and Pistachio Cake with Cream Cheese Icing 

Bendigo St Milk Bar's orange blossom and pistachio cake was a particular standout. The cake was moreish, moist, perfectly balanced and beautifully textured as a result of the ground pistachios.

Sauternes Custard and Crostoli The Sauternes 

Pei Modern's Custard and Crostoli was the highlight of our visit. The custard was silky smooth and had the perfect level of sweetness from the bitter caramel and the crostoli was beautifully crisp.

Pacific Rim martini of pineapple, passionfruit and banana, liquorice ice cream and honeycomb 

Jacques Reymond does it again with this flavour explosion masterpiece. As far as pre-desserts go, this surpasses them all.
Banana bombolone with salted caramel sauce & toasted hazelnuts 

The bombolones served at Sapore are the best that we have ever had. The bombolones were puffy and beautifuly light on the inside and deliciously crisp on the outside. The banana flavour was tenaciously strong. The perfectly salty, sweet and creamy caramel sauce brought the whole dish together while the hazelnuts added a lovely crunchy element to the dish. It was sublime.


La Belle Miette makes Melbourne's best macarons. Perfectly shaped with a range of beautiful flavours.

The desserts from Bar Nacional are TO DIE FOR. We particularly recommend the Baked sweetcorn cream, popcorn ice cream, toasted maize and brown butter – simply amazing. The saltiness of the pop corn ice cream contrasts perfectly with the sweetness of the corn cream while the toasted maize provides earthy cues and texture.
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