The word Dessert, in itself brings such warmth and comfort; comfort, almost like a mothers hug, that its almost impossible for anyone to skip this meal ( or in my case, would rather skip the main course and jump right to desserts!) Hot or cold, desserts can make any average event a memorable one as it goes straight to the heart!
May that be a lusciously sweet, sticky, and decadent Bread Pudding, or a batch of freshly out of the oven Vanilla cupcakes with dollops of cookie batter mounded on top, a chewy, rich in chocolate Brownie Skillet bubbling away on a cast iron skillet, or a Freakshake laden in brownies, pretzels, donuts and what not, we have it all covered in our list today!
1. Dessert Directory
Having opened up only some months ago, Dessert Directory a.k.a Prime Edibles and Chef for the weekend, has build up quite a name for itself and is popularly known as one of the best dessert bars in Lahore. Not only are they brilliant with their desserts, but they have the most perfect store, which makes you feel as if you’re in a corner of some fancy french dessert place with desserts packaged in gift like, adorable packaging. Having to choose from a bewildering array of desserts, my most favourite ones have to be their British Trifle, Mango Pavlova and Cadbury Mousse Trifle which are the best you’ll get in Lahore, trust me! Perfect for grab-and-eat cravings as well as for those formal dinner parties!
Yes, the name right there makes me all ecstatic! Burning brownies was known for having the best brownies in Islamabad, until they expanded and started making desserts and pastries and what not! They claim to use the finest belgian chocolate Valrhona to create their magic and i’m a huge fan of the taste their bring out in all their desserts by using the best of ingredients. Not only am i a fan of their Brownies, but also their chocolate Cupcakes with DEE-LICIOUSS chocolate icing, their chocolate cake, their cheesecake with the most scrumptious Raspberry Sauce, and their new range of pastries which consist of every possible flavour! My most favourite ones have to be their Nutella Mousse pastry, the Caramel Crunch and the Chocolate Banana which everyone must try. Easily the best dessert spot in Islamabad!
3. Sweet Affairs
This patisserie boutique is the most talked about in lahore city, and lives up to its hype for me, with desserts worth swooning over! This whimsically crafted Cafe has an array of desserts and Freek shakes to choose from, and i chose their Sniker Milkshake, Cookie Shots and Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet from the menu, which were stellar! Definitely a must try for all those people with a very sweet tooth (especially the Sniker milkshake which is a must have for me on every trip to Lahore)
4. Toast’d cafe and bakery
Toast’d cafe is another big example of how to grow BIG in no time. This cafe is only some months old and is already in competition with the best in town! It is the rave of the town, and all that rave is totally true when it comes to their desserts as they use the finest Belgian Chocolate available! They have the best Chocolate Eclairs in town- telling you that as i, being the biggest fan of eclairs have tried almost every eclair in Pakistan and Abroad, and so, can bet on it! Not only that, their Banana Bread and French Toast are love at first sight and truly do melt in the mouth! They have the most scrumptious Chocolate Boston Creme Donuts, Chocolate Dome, Brownies that are the best in town ( I can bet on this too!) oh, and not to forget, their hot selling Chocolate Chip ice cream,that is one of a kind and the best in the country! Must Must try for everyone out there as its a 10/10 Dessert Spot for me!
This Eclair will make you forget Laduree!
5.The Nutella Spot
Yes, these guys are guilty as charged for bringing the Nutella Fever back into us! As my old Followers would very well be aware, this place is my all time favourite ‘to go’ place when it comes to their Nutella Crepes, as they’re in tough competition with the Godiva ones! (pssst.. Maybe even better).
Nobody does Crepes better than them in Islamabad, so i don’t even try anyone else’s because these ones are just PERFECT! Whoever loves Crepes, please go and try them and give me prayers for introducing them to you;)
‘STRESSED is DESSERTS slept backwards’
This restaurant was the first one to have introduced the Molten Lava Cake to Islamabad, and i still remember how i raved over it as a child, but still happy to say that even though now every second restaurant serves molten cake, but there is still nobody who can even come close to creating the heavenly Molten Cake that they have. I’m the biggest fan of their Lava cake, and will be forever and always, as not even once have they disappointed me! But not only that, Tiramisu has some other desserts too that i have been ordering since forever and still love- like their Sticky Toffee Pudding that is oh-so moist (it literally melts in the mouth mmm..), and their Pavlova that is made on order, is so good that we actually opt for it instead of a birthday cake on birthdays! Islooeities surely know what i mean and for those who don’t, try it for yourself!
Tuscany, a restaurant that is full 24/7 and has an hour long waiting list has the best desserts too! Don’t need to bloviate about this one as everyone already knows that they have the best Chocolate Brownie Skillet in the country! They introduced it in Pakistan when nobody served it and it turned out to be their best selling and the biggest hit! It was a sight to see when it would come bubbling away on a cast iron skillet and i still look forward to it more than my main meals! Not only is their Skillet Brownie my favourite, but their Bread Pudding and Strawberry Cream Puff Pastry par the list of my most favourites too!
8.Street 1 Cafe
They have always been known for good desserts and have been one of my favourites too as they create desserts that are totally not typical or common, and yet make so much sense together!Like their Granola Ice-Cream Dessert is the perfect amount of sweet, contains fruits( bananas and strawberries according to the season), has toasted nuts and so it physiologically satisfies my sweet tooth whereas also makes me think I’ve had a sorta diet dessert which equals to a happier me! Not only is this a stellar, but their new addition HIT-ME chocolate cake is quite a show stopper and so is their Mini Pavlova.
I have to admit, i’m the biggest fan of her baking as she and Nigella Lawson were the ones who’s shows i would watch and because of whom, i developed my love for cooking. My first made desserts were from her recipes and they would always turn out spot-on perfect! My picks for her bet desserts start from the White Chocolate Trifle (a must try of hers as i absolutely LOVE it), the Caramel Pudding, the CHURROS, and not to forget, the Macaroons. You better order these desserts from her as she makes them on order and gives cooking classes too, so might as well join those and learn how to make all this goodness by yourself.
10 . Canolli by Cafe Soul
I wasn’t even aware that a dessert like this existed until i tried the Canolli and instantly fell in Love with it! Its the most perfect bite sized desserts to munch with your coffee or tea, or while running a quick errand! The one in cream is good too, but try the one in Custard, its just heavenly!
11. Cinnamon, Islamabad
I’m sure many of you won’t know this, but this small restaurant in Islamabad makes the best Tiramisu on order. Ive tried so many, some extra sweet, some totally bitter, but the one by cinnamon hits the right notes for me, with the perfect amount of sweet, and laden in chocolate shavings- just the way i like it. You can order them this dessert and try it and trust me when i say this, you won’t be disappointed now bit!
12. The Sweet Tooth
Ever tasted goodness in Mason Jars? The sweet tooth is all about it! Try their Death by Chocolate Freak Shakes that are worth all the rave! Topped with brownie, Double whipped cream, Gelato Scoops, Vanilla milkshake and Waffles. Remember that Gum Willy-Wonka created in the Charlie And The Chocolate Factor, that was a complete meal in itself and had all the desserts compiled in one together? And how we thought that wouldn’t be possible, Hah!
Here comes the future, bringing us things we could’t imagine in our wildest dreams; things that taste oh-so-delicious!
No matter how many fancy desserts cross my way, there still will be nothing like this comfort food! The Pecan Cinnabon is my forever favourite, and also something that i have eaten ever single day without any gap for one whole month straight- and i still love it from the bottom of my heart!
The compliments, the talk, it’s all true!
Ganache surely does have the BEST cakes in lahore, hands down to that! Never have i eaten so much of cake as much as i have of theirs. Their Vanilla Custard Cake, which is also their best seller is always my favourite and i always get boxes upon boxes of their for myself from Lahore whenever i go ( Not to forget cakes coming all the way from lahore for birthdays). Another favourite one of mine is her Chocolate Toblerone Cake that is so moist and chocolatey that you canalise finish her cakes all on your own!
Here we list the best desserts in my favourite cities Islamabad and Lahore, which are a must try for everyone out there! Try them out on my recommendation and tell me in the comments below if you liked them:)