Sometime in the last couple of years Adelaide added a new popular mealtime to its dining options: desserts. Sure, we already ate dessert but usually it came at the end of a nice meal or consisted of some ice-cream out of the freezer at home. These days, dessert is a meal that people are literally lining up for.
Many cafes and restaurants are stepping up to the plate, as more and more creative desserts fill their menus, but Adelaide's dessert bars are where the real sugar rush can be found.
Three of Adelaide's dessert bars, Eggless, Devour, and Aviary, have all been plating up some impressive sweets. So we're taking a look at what makes them great.
The name says it all, month after month Eggless come up with creative and tasty desserts that are all egg free. This doesn't mean they're all vegan, but most of them come with a vegan option, and you'll find some gluten free treats as well. They help bust the myth that vegan food can't be tasty.
Each month Eggless put out a new menu, which helps keeps things new and exciting, and it may be the reason that there is a long line out the front each night. Plenty of people head down Goodwood Road once a month to make sure they get a taste of the new desserts.
A highlight of the Eggless menu is always the tasting platters, perfect for the indecisive diner. They pre-select four of the monthly desserts and present mini versions on a platter for two. It can be a little disappointing when some of your favourite choices don't make it on to the platter.
Eggless also have a regular Asian dessert menu including things like pandan sago pudding, and some savoury options as well. Their drinks menu is also worth a look, with Vietnamese coffee, Malaysian milk tea, coconut juice, sarsaparilla floats, and more.
You can follow Eggless on Facebook to see what they're up to, or head to their website for more info.
Devour Dessert Bar
Devour Dessert Bar like to take something you know, and turn it on its head. Why settle for popcorn when you could try popcorn ice cream or a popcorn milkshake? Devour make dessert exciting, whether they're playing around with old childhood favourites or coming up with something completely different.
The presentation is usually flawless, and thankfully the food tastes as good as it looks. As well as desserts their interesting milkshake flavours are hard to pass up.
Unlike Eggless, Devour don't change their menu monthly, their menu changes are less scheduled. The menu is always being re-invented, some menus have lasted a month, and others have brand new desserts in just over a week. You can tell that they're always thinking up something new in the kitchen.
Devour also offer a dessert degustation through their tasting menu. It's unlike the regular tasting plate that many places offer, instead up to five dessert 'courses' are brought out one at a time. The tasting menu differs from the regular menu, and it's a great experience. Check on Facebook to see whether it's an option.
Words that come to mind when describing Aviary: cute, adorable, lovely, delicious. Not only does this dessert bar manage to look utterly irresistible, but it also has some fun and creative desserts.
There is definitely an Asian inspiration to some of the dishes, which creates an interesting mix of flavours and textures. As well as this, there are some creative options that make you think they have fun in the kitchen.
'Lemon, lime & bitters' is a popular drink in dessert form; a tangy lemon curd tart is joined by Angostura Bitters jelly, and a lime sorbet to put a twist on a classic. 'At the Movies' is also an interesting choice, complete with a mini ceasing soda spider, a caramel popcorn topped eclair, and a mini choc top.
The menu at Aviary doesn't change as often as some of the options, but don't expect the menu to always stay the same.
You can visit the Aviary website for more information, or become a fan on Facebook.
There we have a cafe, a bar, and a kitchen. We've called them Adelaide's three best dessert bars, but they're by no means your only options.
In the middle of winter, the only dessert on your mind could be a warming chocolate fondu, and in summer you can't go past ice cream and gelato. Dessert bars over Adelaide are all offering something different, so that there is always a sweet option to choose from.
If you're after some more dessert inspiration, why not check out our guide to Adelaide's dessert bars. Of course these three are on the list, but we also take a look at chocolate cafes, ice creameries, waffles, and cupcakes. You're sure to find something you like.