Sugar, spice and everything nice… if sweet treats are your vice, these indulgent, delectably rich desserts will have you dreaming about Melbourne’s finest chefs from dusk ‘til dawn.
Get excited for the menus of nine of Melbourne’s most indulgent restaurants with desserts worthy of the Queen.
1. Tipo OO
The Italians were onto something when they combined two of our favourite things – coffee and chocolate. Throw in some creamy mascarpone for good measure and you've got the perfect solution for your sugar (and caffeine) cravings. Tipo 00 have perfected the tiramisu with their aptly named, tipomisu. Spoon mouthfuls of the rich, soft-textured masterpiece into your mouth as the perfect finish to an Italian feast.
Asian fusion meets pastry chef genius at Supernormal, where the dessert menu features everything from baked meringue with plum, blackberry, mascarpone and pine syrup to pop up bites like the creamy basque cheesecake. Be sure to try the venue's sweet stalwart, the peanut butter parfait, combining salted caramel with peanuts to delight you more with every bite.
Set your sights on the flaky pastry, orange gel and black pepper gelato that makes Cecconi's vanilla and grand marnier mousse a must-have. For tiramisu with a twist, enjoy the taste of kahluav and strega, mixed in with the classic balance of coffee and mascarpone cheese. Trick yourself into thinking your dessert is healthy with a sweet kick to it and try the autumno in all its caramelised apple, vanilla cream, burnt butter finanziere and mandarin glory.
4. Vue de monde
A testament to the unforgettable nature of fine dining, Vue de monde's seasonal menu has all the ingredients for the best cavity you'll ever have. Indulge in a fluffy, rich souffle with a side of Australiana as you demolish the chocolate souffle with billy tea ice cream, or share a petite four with friends and discover how hatted chefs have reimagined the classic Aussie lamington.
5. Bar Carolina
Lover of peanut butter and connoisseur of everything sweet? The peanut butter marquise from Bar Carolina with almond mousse, pecans and smooth pistachio cream will tick all the boxes. Delight your cheese-loving palate with a syrupy slice of ricotta cake. Enjoy every bite of the accompanying toffee mousse, glazed banana and cinnamon tuile.
6. Grill Americano
Channel your romantic side with the Venetian trifle of love at Grill Americano. Taste tiramisu with a hidden layer of tempered chocolate or treat yourself to a slice of classic vanilla meringue cake. Chocolate lovers rejoice, as the culinary genius behind the restaurant's menu has also created the profiterole con nocciole. The delicious layer of chocolate sauce adds the finishing touch to this tasty morsel.
7. Grossi Florentino
Pour warm chocolate sauce over a feather-light soufflé or savour the chocolatey goodness of Grossi Florentino's 'delizlioso' torta caprese. Discover why the florentino tiramisu has been a staple on the menu for decades or for a simple, yet mouth-watering treat, sink your teeth into a classic ricotta-filled cannoli.
Light your lunch on fire at Lollo, with a smoking bombe alaska with caramelised cornflakes, or for a zesty bite, order a serve of pomelo cheesecake and savour the flavour of citrus bitters on the tip of your tongue.
9. Cutler & Co
Swirl hints of fruit and rosemary around your mouth with a quince vacherin with rosemary, served with salted honey ice cream. Picture layered meringue and cream in this French-inspired dessert that changes each season. Previous iterations have heroed fruits like blueberry, mandarin, pineapple, strawberry and peach.
Lovers of fruit might also like to try the pink lady tarte tatin, which is made from hand-picked apples from Napolene orchard in Coldstream and then caramelised and baked with puff pastry until golden.