Brisbane’s best Asian desserts | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Brisbane’s best Asian desserts

Time to toss one’s fortune cookies, foodies!

Dessert the horoscopic bickies of questionable origin and let us whisper this sweet nothing in your ear–Brisbane is actually full of unique and delicious treats from Asia that your tastebuds just have to try.

Whether you’re a seasoned bubble-tea-a-day sweet tooth (we’re looking at you, SAT members), or you’ve only tried matcha once in your life, everyone’s dessert game can be elevated with help from this list of Brisbane’s best Asian dessert cafes.

Amai Kawaii | CBD

My, Amai! It only opened this month, but Amai Kawaii already has Brisbane drooling over its host of delicious sweet treats. As for the menu’s prized catch, however, look no further than Amai’s version of taiyaki–the popular Japanese dessert sandwich that comes fish-shaped and topped with an ice-cream swirl. 

Café Artease | Kelvin Grove

Consider yourself in the nose when it comes to Brisbane’s best desserts? Then you’ll love the durian crepe cake found at this midnight café! Taking the crepe cake trend to a whole new level, Café Artease’s delicious (albeit smelly) version tastes great, especially when paired with one of their fruit teas or matcha lattes.  

 Surabing | Sunnybank

After a dessert that touches both the heart and Seoul? Korean café Surabing has got the (baked) goods. When you’re bready, make a beeline for their divine ingeolmi toast, a type of Korean rice cake that’s drizzled in honey and topped with ice cream.

Icing Hill Café | Fortitude Valley

Icing Hill is as sweet as its name suggest, with a specialty in creating custom cartoon cakes for children (or kids at heart!) alongside unique weekly offerings. Our current favourite? Their rose-infused watermelon cake, made with fresh strawberries, watermelon, and layered fresh cream. 

Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tarts | Mount Gravatt

The name speaks for itself! Enjoy your daily dose of dairy in the form of the Hokkaido-inspired baked cheese tarts, which come packed with a distinctive sweet-savoury taste. Ready to spend your cheddar on this cheesy dessert? You can catch this store in the Garden City shopping centre!

Passion Tree Velvet | Multiple Locations

Branch out when it comes to your passion for desserts with the help of Passion Tree! Head in to their Carindale or beloved Indooroopilly store to try their snowflake bingsoo, a unique red bean shaved ice dessert that comes in a variety of flavours, including matcha, taro, and cookies ‘n’ cream.

Sonder | Sunnybank

Make way for parfait, Japanese style, at Sonder’s cute suburban café! Making waves on Instagram in particular is their stunning beni-imo parfait – a bright purple dessert that brings together 100% Okinawan purple sweet potato sorbet with dango, wafer, purple jelly, and whipped cream. 

B+C Lab | Kelvin Grove

B+C makes for an A-grade in flavoursome dessert! While famous for whipping up delightful matcha crepe cakes and artsy capps, what B+C Lab truly excels in is their snack-sized bubble tea cakes! Think moist chiffon layered with fresh milk cream, black sugar syrup, and generous serving of chewy tapioca balls. Just remember to avoid FOMO by pre-ordering yours before heading in!

Sweet Treats Dessert Café | Runcorn

Vive la crème should be the motto of Sweet Treats Dessert Café, whose matcha crème brûlée can’t be beat. Made with premium Japanese matcha powder, this crème brulee is a smooth and creamy custard topped with a crunchy toffee that comes served with a scoop of green tea ice cream and a wafer straw.

Hot Cake House | Sunnybank

Hey there, hot stuff. Hot Cake House is a local favourite in Sunnybank thanks to their quirky, Hong Kong-style hot cakes and egg rolls baked fresh and sold fast! Head in quick to pick up their unique strawberry custard, black forest coconut, and Shanghai vanilla caramel flavours before they sell out like… hotcakes.


Consider your *uwu* mode activated.

Words by Jacqueline Pon
- the gourmand who loves dessert very mochi.