Okay, be honest, who of you look at the dessert menu before you order anything? All of you? *Phew* thank goodness, you do it too! I don’t need to tell you that dessert is the best part of any meal – not only because, well, duh. But also because it’s the last thing you eat, it can make or break a good meal, right? There are way too many restaurants in South Africa that just don’t get this! So, because I believe that life is too short NOT to order dessert (my biggest fear in life is being hit by a bus and thinking, damn I should’ve had that extra scoop of ice cream!) I’m starting a brand new series on the blog. Introducing… Dessert First! This is where I will be featuring all the places that get pudding right – the places that you can go to for a sweet fix because, although I’m obsessed with baking, something the quickest way to sort out a craving is by getting in your car and driving to it!
Dipping things in chocolate is a favourite past-time of mine – you could say I’m an expert in it. So much so that my 13th birthday party was a chocolate fondue midnight feast (which I think my mother still has nightmares about) – good times, good times. Anyway, so when I found out the One & Only Hotel is offering chocolate fondues in winter I just new I had to go and show off my skills – I’m an overachiever like that. Their new pastry chef, Kyle Hickman has put his spin on the chocolate fondue by mixing dark and milk chocolate (two chocolate’s are always better than one, I say!) and adding a dash of orange zest which ramps up the flavour, cuts the richness and basically means you can eat more than you normally would! Yay! Obviously, there are all sorts of delicious things to dunk in it – there’s cranberry nougat, biscotti, the cutest little marshmallow knots, brownie bites and hot churros rolled in cinnamon sugar and when you’re finished with the dunking, you can just grab a spoon. The staff were very good at hiding their outrage when I did this. At R155 for two people including two (very generous *hic* glasses of Amarula, I think that’s pretty good value for a chocolate coma that should last the rest of the week!
For those of you who like a dessert challenge, they also have INSANE hot chocolate’s – you know, just incase all that other chocolate wasn’t enough – there’s Spiced Dark or Caramel White hot chocolate served with those epic cinnamon churros (R60) and you can also add a tot or two of local brandy, if your heart desires. Which mine always does.
Got any places you want me to feature or try out? Sharing is caring, people so let me know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: This isn’t a sponsored post, however I was invited to indulge in as much chocolate as I like, free of charge. Yes, I have the best job ever!