Sunday, July 20, 2008

Extraordinary Desserts

I have driven past this place numerous times over the years, but finally stopped in to try some of their desserts. Highly acclaimed pastry chef, Karen Krasne is the proprietor. She has been named as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs of the country in years past.

There is a distinct Hawaiian undertone in many of the desserts, no doubt a product of her years spent in Hawaii while getting her undergrad degree.

The Viking is a chocolate lover's dream. Moist and light chocolate cake is separated by layers of Chocolate Creme Brulee and Milk Chocolate Whipped Cream. Surrounded by Crushed Almond Praline makes one go into a wonderfully blissful diabetic coma. A chocolate dipped salted caramel almond finishes off the garnish.

Superb craftsmanship can be seen in every dessert. Tropical flowers and gold leaf don most of the desserts as well.

My only complaints? The line is achingly slow. No doubt by everyone in line not being able to make up their mind of what to order. With only one cash register, this could be easily remedied. The desserts here, although top notch, are more expensive than what you would find in most restaurants.

Extraordinary Desserts
2929 5th Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 294-2132