I had originally not planned on going to the Grace Cafe for Sugar Hit as I had read reviews on last year’s Sugar Hit. However, my best friend’s new girlfriend wanted to try it out, and how can I say no to dessert?I have driven past the Grace Hotel many times but have never set foot in it. I never even realised there was a restaurant there until the night I went for Sugar Hit.
The main dining area of the cafe is a reasonable size from what I remember to be high ceilings. However, we were whisked away to an upstairs area. This area was more intimate and quite. The group at the bar next to us were quite well behaved, not the usual bunch you see on a Friday night. We were sat at some coffee tables and some lounges, comfortable for relaxing in, not the most comfortable to try and eat dessert in. But that had to do as I was excited to bite into my first Sugar Hit of the year.
The manager came out and was excited to explain to us that we were the first to try out Grace Cafe’s Sugar Hit for 2010, that made me even more excited. I was like a giddy girl in a candy store. I like being the first to try something out, it kind of makes you feel exclusive and special.
When our desserts came out, we were in awe. It was a mountain of deliciousness. Things piled up high seem more appealing than something lay flat on a plate. However, I soon found out the difficulty of eating a dessert piled up so high.
We begin with from top to bottom of the chocolate delight:
- Chocolate fairy floss. I was transported back to when I was a kid and I would eat fairy floss at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Actually, I still eat fairy floss now when I go to the Easter Show with my cousins 🙂 Back to the dessert.. There was a hint of chocolate in the fairy floss which made it even that more delicious. It creates a novelty for the consumer. Have dessert, have a little fun.
- Chocolate macaroon. I guess the hype about macaroons is still continuing on. Macaroons are always delicious when made right. And it being chocolate, how can it go wrong?
- Kahlua ice cream. I’m not a fan of ice cream or dairy. I like eating dairy products but it doesn’t agree with me. I had a couple of spoonfuls, but most of it was left untouched (this created problems for me later). Our scoop of ice cream was quite sizable and as I had left it mostly untouched, it began to melt and become a slight barrier to me reaching the lower levels. There was also nowhere for me to put it as the boyfriend, best friend and his girlfriend were not willing to take my scoop off my hands.
- Chocolate fondant with self-saucing chocolate centre. A fondant is absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious when made right, and this one was. The chocolate centre was warm and oozing out. It was like a party in my mouth. One of my favourite parts of the dessert. I have never met a person who doesn’t like chocolate fondant. It is just a crowd pleaser. People love watching the chocolate creep out when they break open the fondant. Absolutely delicious!
- Waffle basket. I’m not a fan of waffles either. I find them quite dry and they stick to my teeth which I hate. I had a little nibble, it was like what you would expect. However, it came into use when I needed to reach my last layer. It helped in enabling me to lift up any leftovers from previous layers to reach the next layer.
- Strawberries. These were well needed. The tartness and the slight sourness were needed to balance out the sweetness of the rest of the dish. I do wish there were more though and that they were not at the bottom of the glass.
- The dessert also came with 2 chocolate sticks and a chocolate bow just to add to the whole chocolate experience. The boyfriend offered to finish the chocolate sticks for me which I was happy to give him.
Each dessert came with a glass of Brown Brothers Orange Muscat dessert wine. It went well with the dessert. Usually dessert wines have a concentrated sweetness to it. However, I found this time that the dessert was even more indulgent than the wine and I found myself finishing the wine way before I had even finished the dessert.
My suggestion is to order one between two to share as the whole dessert overall was quite rich and indulgent. You feel like you’ve eaten so much sugar that you won’t be able to sleep that night. It gave us all enough hype and energy to walk all the way to the night markets in Chinatown and then to Central station. Most of this spent skipping and being very happy. So if you love chocolate, this dessert is a must to try.
Happy nom nom nom-ing!
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