I’m the kind of person who goes to a restaurant and plans the entire meal around dessert. It’s the first part of the menu I will check and I’ll even skip a starter or enjoy a really light main course so that I have plenty of room to indulge my sweet tooth later!
So, when a restaurant introduces a new dessert menu, you better believe that I’ll sit up and pay attention. Merchant City’s Sapporo Teppanyaki recently gave their range of puddings an overhaul and, with eight new dishes to choose from, I felt it was my DUTY to take them all for a spin and report back.
After coming down from that sugar high, I’ve hand-picked my top five desserts at Sapporo Teppanyaki to celebrate their new sweet treats. So read on and prepare yourself for some major #foodporn (you have been warned!)…
1. The Twist on a Classic: Coconut & Mango Rice Pudding
Rice pudding is not something you’d usually expect to see on a contemporary menu but, trust me, there’s not a whiff of school dinner about this take on the traditional dessert! Instead of the usual creamy consistency, this pudding is made with sticky asian rice and flavoured with fresh mango and coconut (though I could taste more of the mango to be honest!). It was served warm in a little Kilner jar, making it as adorable as it was tasty!
2. The Chocolate Lover’s Dream: Chocolate Lava Cake
If a dessert menu doesn’t have at least one chocolate option, can it really be considered a dessert menu (I mean even THE THOUGHT!)? The range of desserts at Sapporo Teppanyaki did not disappoint, with more than one chocolate-based choice of awesomeness to make every cocoa-nut happy. I tried the chocolate lava cake, which at the time demanded copious use of the exploding volcano emoji! The rich, dense sponge was super moist, and it went well with the crushed biscuit and home-made ice cream on the side. Yum!
3. The Creamy Concoction: Eton Mess
Ah, Eton Mess! So simple, yet so effective! This dish didn’t skimp on portion size, yet didn’t feel too heavy after I’d demolished it. It was served tall with plenty of strawberries and blackberries. My only request would be for more meringue to balance out the amount of fruit and cream (but then, I just generally want more meringue in my life…)
4. The Dark Horse: Exotic Fruit Platter
I know what you might be thinking: isn’t a fruit platter usually a sad cop-out? Well, not at Sapporo Teppanyaki my friend! Here’s the thing I haven’t mentioned yet, every dessert you order at this restaurant will come with a little fruit on the side. And I don’t mean tired, scooped out of a can-type fruit – this fruit is much more than a decorative afterthought. Which is why the exotic fruit platter is genuinely worth ordering, as the seasonal fruit from around the world is fresh, light and juicy. I enjoyed some melon, strawberry, kiwi, blackberries, pineapple and blueberries and (bonus!) the presentation was really pretty!
5. The Wild Card: Chocolate Spring Rolls
Just when I thought I’d had my fill of chocolate, these spring rolls came along like a little game changer and became my firm favourite! The tubes of crispy, light pastry are filled with warm, melted chocolate and come in milk and white chocolate options. I love it when food is experimental, and a sweet take on a spring roll sounds a bit off the wall but, trust me, it works. I’d visit Sapporo Teppanyaki again for this pudding alone!
It’s pretty safe to say that this restaurant is knocking it out of the park with their new dessert menu. It’s worth saving room for (at least!) one of these bad boys on your next visit.
Will you be trying the desserts at Sapporo Teppanyaki? Do you ever look at the pudding section of the menu first (or is it just me)?