It's satisfying your sweet tooth, taken to an extreme -- and it's catching on quickly worldwide. Dessert-only restaurants are all the rage these days, and popping up in more places all the time.
Espai Sucre got the ball rolling when it opened its doors in Barcelona, Spain, in 2000. Perhaps the perpetually long waits at this dessert-only boîte inspired pastry chefs around the globe, who could spot a winning idea when they saw it.
These new eateries aren't like your parents' pastry shops -- they're actual restaurants where diners can order from extensive menus of pastries and sweet drinks. Some, like any other fine-dining restaurant, even offer multi-course dessert meals paired with alcohol. Read on to see where you can go to bring your childhood fantasies of dessert for dinner to life.
Visit the original spot that started the dessert-for-dinner craze. Translated as "sugar space" this minimalist, 30 seat eatery is certainly an homage to sugar. Meals on the perpetually changing menu are four-course affairs, and you'll need an adventurous palate to sample them, since the concoctions here are truly cutting-edge. Try the Ginger Ale with cucumber and pineapple-tarragon sherbet, the salty toffee cream with coffee and smoked whiskey or the pear chicharrones with fennel shoots. Indulge all the way with a wine pairing for each course, and end your experience with petit-fours.
With its plush couches and chairs, you'll feel like you're in a very comfortable living room the minute you enter this pink and brown chocolate haven. The extensive menu includes a personalized chocolate fondue where a pot of melted premium chocolate is served with a choice of dippers including pretzels, marshmallows, pound cake or fresh fruit. Beverages include mudslide mocha latte and decadent, creamy hot chocolate (in the summer, Ethel's offers a cold version).
Ethel's Chocolate Lounge
(Multiple locations in Illinois)
There is also a tea and truffle pairing where 10 truffles are paired with a selection of matching teas, and there's a cocoa and truffle tasting. The individual confections are handmade and served on bone-white china plates. Among the most popular flavors are almond toffee crisp, coconut samba and the Etheltini, which has a martini filling.