Location: 3rd Floor Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, Sunday 11:00am to 9:00pm; Saturday 11:00am to 10:00pm
Telephone Number: 0995-448-8233
Official Website: www.dessertkitchen.com.hk
Facebook: The Dessert Kitchen Philippines
Dessert Kitchen 甜品工房, Power Plant Mall
Summer is fast approaching and to us here in Manila, it’s hard to resist desserts especially with the sweltering heat of the sun. Clearly, dessert places all over the metro know the best time to get us hooked, The Dessert Kitchen included.
Coming from the saturated city of Hong Kong when it comes to shaved ice desserts, The Dessert Kitchen opens the first of its kind here in the Philippines with its award-winning Purple in Love dessert. Officially opening last February 4, a shy four days away from the Lunar New Year celebration, The Dessert Kitchen experiments with the crowd’s appetite for unusual desserts, from warm tofu, to parfaits, Matcha desserts, interesting soft-serve flavors and of course, iced surprises.
It’s worth noting that The Dessert Kitchen is not the first to launch iced desserts as Saint Marc Cafe already did before. The Dessert Kitchen is opened here in Manila by the same group behind TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie and Lugang Cafe.
Blueberry Kiss – P288
The Dessert Kitchen’s Blueberry Kiss is a celebration of natural blueberries, popping blueberry seaweed balls, blueberry jelly, blueberry shaved ice and the delicious taro mochi ice cream. Like the Purple in Love, the Blueberry Kiss gives you more ice than substance, so one can effortlessly eat guilt-free.
Some say that grapes are hardly used for desserts, and I frankly disagree. Grapes are often used in other countries especially Japan, where its sweetness reaches its peak during Autumn. Check out these candied grapes frozen using liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees at one of Tokyo‘s highly revered Michelin star restaurants, RyuGin.
And this wonderfully spiked Grape gelatin at Taian in Osaka is equally satisfying as well, with its succulent and juicy seedless grapes highlighting the dish. Who says grape isn’t often used in desserts?
While the Blueberry Kiss isn’t like Taian or RyuGin (obviously), this dessert is one mountain of satisfaction for the sweet tooth.
A Taste of Uji – P188
A taste of Uji is what you’ll get in a towering parfait of low-fat yogurt. It isn’t overly sweet which you would expect, but when you reach the bottom with a chunk of Hokkaido red beans, it becomes a change in palate. I liked this parfait, but lacks matcha flavor.
Jasmine Tea – P188
If any, The Dessert Kitchen is a notch lower than Cong Sao in Hong Kong, whose down-to-earth interiors make it an ideal location for families to bond. It’s hard to squeeze yourself between tables and you can’t get out easily until your seat mate stands to make way for you. Service is flustered and all over the place as they are still in soft opening. It might be best to grab your desserts to go if you don’t intend on instagramming it. But for all that it’s worth, TDK (The acronym is all too funny to pass!) is one place you must visit to cap your entree’s.
And no, you can’t eat dinner here.
The Dessert Kitchen Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||(3.0 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||(2.0 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||(2.0 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||(3.0 / 5)|
|Average:||(2.5 / 5)|