Sugar ‘n’ Spice and everything nice
Where to go when a sugar craving sneaks up on you
By SAHAR HABIB
For the longest time, Islamabad had a handful of restaurants that were worth frequenting. Things have changed a lot though in the past few years. These days a new place is opening up every few weeks! However, even with all of these new restaurants and cafes it is still hard to find a truly memorable dessert.
Still, if you know where to go, there are some places where you can always find a scrumptious dessert if you’re craving something sweet.
The Hot Spot Cafe
For me, The Hot Spot is the number one place to go for dessert of any and all kinds. And nobody does ice-cream better. What make it better is that it’s not some fancy international chain, the ice-cream here is 100% local. My favourite flavours include Colombian Mocha and Choco-Vanilla Double Trouble, but they have a huge range of flavours so there’s something for everybody.
The Hot Spot continually adds new items to their menu as well and most recently they introduced a range of frozen yogurt, of which the Red Velvet Cake Fro Yo is delicious.
If you’re not in the mood for ice-cream though, then there are loads of other desserts to choose from as well. In fact, you’re quite spoilt for choice once you walk into The Hot Spot Café.
(The Hot Spot has outlets in F-6, F-7/2, E-11 and Saidpur Village.)
Nana’s Kitchen is responsible for making cupcakes abundantly available and easily accessible in Islamabad. The cupcake trend is not very old and many bakeries introduced cupcakes only a few years ago as demand increased. However, many will agree that the best red velvet cupcake in the city is to be found at Nana’s Kitchen, which recently moved to a new location in F-7 with a funky truck-art décor.
Each day a different range of flavours is available, a list of which is posted on their Facebook page and there are jars full of goodies to sprinkle on your favourite cupcake.
Nana’s Kitchen is not just about the cupcakes though, they have other delicious dessert and lots of good food on the menu.
(Nana’s Kitchen: F-7/1.)
Bread pudding at:
Tuscany Courtyard opened less than a year ago but it quickly became extremely popular and everybody’s favourite new place to eat out, and not without reason. The food is really good and it’s a lovely place sit and unwind. More often than not, restaurants with amazing food have really average desserts but Tuscany Courtyard isn’t one of them. Their bread pudding is amazing and is the quintessential comfort food, especially in winter.
Also, worth trying is Tuscany’s Tiramisu, which isn’t Tiramisu in the strictest sense, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. It’s a creamy rich cinnamon-tinged coffee-soaked goblet of deliciousness.
(Tuscany Courtyard, House 15, Street 18, F-7/2.)
Molten Chocolate Lava Cake at:
A bit on the pricey side, the Molten Chocolate Lava Cake at Tiramisu is Rs625(+tax) but you won’t be disappointed. As your spoon breaks the surface of the warm cake, served with vanilla ice-cream, molten chocolate oozes out of the centre of this luxurious indulgent dessert. This is one of those things that’s hard to get right and I’ve had some pretty bad molten chocolate cakes, but that has never happened at Tiramisu.
If I may say so, I’d go so far as to say it’s worth the money though. Because there’s nothing more upsetting than dishing out a good chunk of money for what turns out to be an awful dessert.
(Tiramisu: 1A, Shahid Plaza, Jinnah Ave, Blue Area.)
Carrot Cake at:
Mocca has some really great desserts but the Carrot Cake stands out. It’s hard to get your hands on a good slice of carrot cake and Mocca’s is wonderfully moist and perfectly spiced with lashings of cream cheese frosting. It’s not the kind of thing you’ll want to share.
(Mocca Coffee: 1, Kohsar Market, F-6/3.)