Friday, July 24, 2015

London's gastronomic
landscape is so much more expansive than fish and chips and bangers and mash.
Recently, desserts are taking over the gourmet zeitgeist, and we've
journeyed through the city to discover the best of its sweets spots. This
past April saw the launch of Melba at the Savoy—a standout saccharine Mecca
on the doorstep of the Savoy Hotel on the Strand. Created under the direction
of the five-star property's executive pastry chef Ludwig Hely, shoppers will
find a range of flaky pastries both sweet and savory. Although the outpost
might be new, it's grounded in history, as the name takes its inspiration
from operative soprano (and famed Savoy guest) Dame Nellie Melba. Auguste
Escoffier created both Peach Melba and Melba toast for the singer; but at this
outpost, we can't pass up the signature éclairs. Also in central
London, you can feast on the rainbow that is the Meringue Girls's counter at
Selfridges (there's also one in Harvey Nichols, in Knightsbridge). The
deliciously clever Alex Hoffler and Stacey O'Goman—the brand's
founders—have created visually arresting desserts (pictured), with flavors
ranging from passion fruit to gin & tonic, pistachio and rose water, and
lemongrass and ginger. Parisian brand Pierre Hermé built its reputation
on macarons and pastries, and only this year dipped its toe into the icy world
of frozen desserts. Available at the Monmouth Street boutique in Covent
Garden, the sorbet and ice cream flavors on offer are both rich and
adventurous. Opt for the rose petal and orange blossom ice cream with spirals
of crystallized ginger; or the lime and raspberry sorbet, created with a touch
of Espelette Pepper. The decadent vanilla is anything but plain—it merges
vanilla almond paste and cascades of vanilla macron pieces. Freshly and
lovingly made, Crumbs and Doilies is far more than a cupcake counter.
 The baked treats are explosive and imaginative—Mexican hot chocolate,
cherry bakewell, Mojito, and maple and bacon, to name but a few. They hand
deliver, but we recommend visiting their Soho shop for the piñata cake, with
four layers of vanilla sponge that erupt with a centre of miniature Smarties.
Bridget Arsenault is the associate editor, print and digital at Vanity
Fair UK. and the co-director of the Bright Young Things Film Club. She
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