- Food & Booze
Brisbane's coolest summer desserts
Mangoes, cherries, and ice cream... we think summer's pretty sweet.
Whether you’re looking to step up your summer dessert game or are looking for the sweetest spots to keep cool this season, we’ve gathered the freshest, fruitiest, iciest desserts to keep you feeling chilled and looking #glowing not #sweaty.
Orange and Campari granita | Ciao Papi
It doesn’t get much simpler than shaved ice when it comes to cooling down, so we like to think of Ciao Papi’s orange and Campari granita as the grown-up version of a Zooper Dooper, which we all know and (obviously) love.
The Melon Tea Party | Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen
Watermelon? Check. Mint tea? Check. Lemongrass? Check. This sweet post-meal number at Mrs Brown’s features all of the above, with watermelon and rockmelon infused in tea, served with an Earl Grey syrup, coconut sorbet, and lemon confit. We’re relaxed and cooling down just at the thought…
Tropical ice | Stanley
Howard Smith Wharves’ newly-opened Cantonese hotspot is dishing up a dessert that features the best flavours of an Aussie summer, with local baby pineapple, vanilla gelato and lime sago topped off with tropical ice. The perfect end to a feast of dumplings, whole fish, and mapo tofu, if you ask us!
Daily panna cotta | CJ’s Pasta
Have we mentioned how much we love this BYO suburban beacon of all things pasta? After your bowl of whatever’s on the blackboard that day (like chilli crab ravioli, lamb ragu pappardelle, or tagliatelle with nduja) don’t neglect to check what’s on offer for dessert! Their rotating panna cotta flavours are always classic, and the main event is a silky, smooth, and delectably cold treat.
Pina colada soft-serve | Double Good at Eat Street
Sweet pineapple soft serve served in a real pineapple, with an adorable umbrella for good measure? We’ll take five! Double Good at Eat Street has mastered the art of outrageous chilled desserts, and their latest fruity creation has us thinking we’re almost (cough, almost) healthy!
Matcha tiramisu parfait | Koto Sanpo
A little slice of Japan on Elizabeth Street, stop by this Japanese eatery for their signature dessert – the matcha tiramisu parfait. Layers of matcha cake, sweet red beans, matcha jelly, sweet strawberry mochi and more make for the perfect warm-weather dessert that’s not-too-sweet, not-too-savoury, and all too irresistible.
Mango pancakes | Brisbane Phoenix
They’re fresh, they’re fruity, they’re creamy, and they’re so goddamn perfect after stuffing yourself full of Phoenix’s amazing dumplings! A classic take on mango pancakes, these crepe-like rolls of heaven are fragrant with ripe mango, and maaaaaaaay be better than a Weis bar.
Forget summer sweat… we’re doing summer sweet.