Just desserts: top 10 puddings in London

Just desserts: top 10 puddings in London

From slabs of Cuban toast to a green tea panna cotta, we pick our favourites

For our dedicated dining specialists, no meal is complete without a decadent dessert, so they have compiled a list of the very best final courses in the capital. Read on for inspiration and – as the proof of the pudding is in the eating – let us make you a reservation so you can cast your own verdict.

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Signature Chocolate Glory at Bob Bob Ricard

1 Upper James Street, Soho

The mother of all chocolate bombes, this majestic golden orb gives way to a filling of brownie, meringue and mousse when piping hot chocolate is poured over the top. It’s a fitting ending to a meal that begins with a 20g selection of Siberian sturgeon caviar. Cosy up in one of the Orient Express-style booths and don’t forgot to press the button for instant champagne refills. Pictured

Tipsy Cake at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Knightsbridge

Dating back to 1810, this festive classic might just be the most glorious recipe that Heston has revived at his two-Michelin-starred London flagship, which – with contenders like the much-lauded medieval meat fruit – is quite a statement to make. Caramelised pineapple is prepped on the complex rotisserie system and served alongside the buttery brioche dowsed in brandy.

Torrejas at Duck & Waffle

Heron Tower, the City

If you usually feel short-changed when your dining partner ogles your pudding and requests an extra spoon, you may actually be grateful for the help when tucking into this colossal Cuban comfort food. Think French toast slathered in syrup and given a second round in the fryer, topped with candied apple slices and a dollop of cinnamon ice cream.

Apple tarte tatin at Galvin La Chapelle

35 Spital Square, the City

Almost as big a culinary legend as its creators Jeff and Chris Galvin, this French fine dining feat should be on every serious foodie’s must-try list. Inspired by the brothers’ grandmother, who used to bake with the apples from her garden, the generously sized dessert is best enjoyed with a serving of Normandy crème fraîche, not to mention a glass of Pedro Ximénez sherry.

The Colony Club Sundae at Colony Grill Room

The Beaumont Hotel, Mayfair

The king – or rather Corbin and King – of frozen desserts, this bespoke ice cream creation will have you returning to the restaurant duo’s art deco dining room time and again to try different flavour combinations. Choose from six different kinds of ice cream, six toppings – including marshmallow and peanut brittle – and six sauces by ticking the boxes on your order form.

Pecan nut and chocolate bar at Oblix

The Shard, London Bridge

A thin slice of tart that packs a punch, this delightfully nutty creation is the answer for those who crave the taste of a New York-style dessert without the overwhelming portion size. The caramelised pecan topping and biscuit base add texture to the smooth chocolate set in-between, while the bourbon ice cream provides a boozy kick.

Pavlova at Dickie Fitz

48 Newman Street, Fitzrovia

Given its immense popularity in the South Pacific, there is little wonder that London’s finest producer of this summery special is Australian chef Matt Robinson, who tops the light and fluffy meringue with strawberries, raspberries and lemon curd. Order it to share between two so you can also sample a couple of Mrs Robinson’s lamingtons – mini chocolate squares of sponge cake rolled in desiccated coconut.

Ambassador’s Reception at Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

3 Yeoman’s Row

Taking inspiration from an old-school after-dinner treat which the restaurant refrains from naming for legal reasons – Google the dessert’s title and you’ll soon see the humour behind it – this fusion of chocolate and hazelnut is the stuff of heavenly food comas. Thankfully, there’s also some redemption to be had in the indulgence, since a cut of the proceeds goes towards charity.

Matcha panna cotta at Tokimeite

23 Conduit Street, Mayfair

An unlikely match at first glance, Italy meets Japan in this green tea masterpiece at multi-Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiro Murata’s slick restaurant. The familiar creamy, silken texture is given a sophisticated edge with the infusion of the tea, and it’s attractively garnished with fresh raspberries and edible flowers. Suggested drinks pairings include a Hungarian dessert wine or a rare 12-year-old Japanese whisky.

Pistachio soufflé at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

53 Park Lane, Mayfair

A notoriously difficult dessert to master, it’s wise to save your sweet soufflé order for a special occasion when you can head to Alain Ducasse’s London institution and place its preparation in the safe hands of pastry chef Angelo Ercolano. As the soft outside melts away to reveal a subtly nutty filling, it’s a pleasingly light and refreshing end to an outstanding meal.

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Last updated on 2 August 2016


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