Dessert is a beautiful thing. It is sweet and lovely and can be a myriad of decadent flavours and differing textures. Sure dessert is a ‘sometimes’ food but I’m always smiling whenever that sometime rolls around. Now just imagine if you could prolong that special occasion and indulge in four courses of dessert in one sitting? Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Well the opportunity now presents at The Trustee at Brookfield Place with their Dessert Degustation, four courses of dessert for the bargain price of $39. Now you are welcome to tackle it solo, but on my recent visit I went with a partner in crime. Crime? Maybe partner in dessert is more apt and Lady T and I would be working through these desserts together. It was to be our lunch and what a lavish affair it was to sit down to a dessert only lunch! Ooo la la welcome to my Friday.
I kicked things off with a glass of sparkling because I was feeling celebratory, perhaps just because it was Friday and it was as good a reason as any to celebrate.
Lady T and I both eagerly awaited the arrival of the first course which was a Lavender and Honey Panna cotta, Blueberries. It was just stunning and you could smell the heady aroma of the zesty fresh lime as the plate approached. I wouldn’t have said I ever considered Panna cotta my favourite dessert, but colour my tune changed after my first seductive spoonful of this. I loved it. Best Panna cotta I’d ever eaten. It was light and creamy, not overly sweet and with a fabulous citrus freshness, but with the elegant infusion of lavender. Not just a pretty purple flower folks! It was an inspired introduction to this dessert extravaganza, especially as I was already acquainted with the next course and knew it was going to push us to the max in the richness stakes.
Now this was to be the third time I’d been fortunate enough to enjoy a Trustee Snickers Bar, Salted Caramel Cream. The first time was shared (with Lady T actually) and the second time I had one solo. The latter was a challenge because they are such a wonderfully rich and chocolatey dessert. So I was pleased to be reliving the sharing experience this time around. It was another well plated dish with artistic swirls of salted caramel and sprinkles of chocolate soil. The Snickers was topped with a quenelle of salted caramel cream and a fresh strawberry. It was pleasing to have that fresh berry at the end of this chocolate affair just to freshen the palate. This is a really lovely dessert, I’d go so far as to say it may be their signature dessert because I’ve spoken to a fair few people now who have enjoyed it themselves and have very positive reviews too.
Our sugar buzz was now well and truly on! Round three was the Popcorn, Peanut Butter and Honeycomb Ice-cream Sandwich. I was grateful that the ice-cream sandwich was on the more petite size because as I was finding out, multiple desserts are very filling! Again they had artistically presented this dish with dramatic smears of caramel sauce and strategically stacked popcorn pieces. There was plenty going on here, with the pleasing chill from the creamy ice-cream, crunch from the popcorn and the wafer and sweetness from the caramel. I liked this course, but it was very sweet.
The final course switched the focus back to fruity and lime was in the spotlight. Lime Tart, Vodka Jelly, White Chocolate. A perfect square tart was accompanied by several generous dollops of dark chocolate ganache and two dainty disks of vodka and lime jelly. The lime tart filling was wonderfully zesty, which worked well as a palate cleanser after the previous two richer courses. The darker chocolate paired well with the citrus though and it made for an interesting contrast.
Wow, so there you go. Four courses of dessert in one hit. Bravo to anyone who tackles that solo because I don’t think this self-professed sweet tooth could do it. Sharing between two seemed like a good fit, though I had wondered as I reached the third course whether a party of three might have been a better idea. It’s been a popular new addition to the menu at The Trustee and if you are out in a group it would be a fun dessert option to share amongst you. Or another thought is that it would be pretty great as an alternative to a high tea get together, especially because at The Trustee you could either order a cuppa or something with a little more fizz and I can vouch for the house sparkling as being a very pleasant beverage. It also matched very nicely with the desserts.
So next time you are looking to indulge or for something a little different or even just for a cheeky lunchtime treat then keep The Trustee’s Dessert Dego in mind.
And if you’d like to win a dessert dego then head on over to the Trustee’s Facebook page quickly. They are giving one away. Drawn tomorrow 🙂
Thank you to the Trustee for the invitaiton!