Widely regarded as one of Asia’s very best pastry chefs, economics graduate Janice Wong has learned the art of the dessert from some of the world’s best, including Thomas Keller, Grant Archatz, virtuoso Spanish chocolatier Oriol Balaguer and the world-renowned French pastry demigod Pierre Hermé.
According to their own website, the 2am:dessertbar ‘is a cerebral experience that pushes the boundaries between sweet and savoury with carefully researched, high-tech dishes.’ Located in Holland Village to the south-west of the city, is a sleek, dark place where the remarkable quality of the desserts is matched by the wonderfully mis-shaped, artistic tables and white leather beds for a truly immersive gastronomic sweet-toothed experience.
Each dish is paired with a wine or cocktail and you’ll find the classic on the menu including cheesecake, tiramisu and chocolate tart but it’s Chef Wong’s original creations that have made the culinary world sit up and take notice, and that includes the patrons who get a view into the kitchen to watch the masters at work.
Shades of Green is constructed of pistachio sponge, cocoa mousse and pandan ice cream; Hojicha Sesame includes tofu parfait, hojicha custard and a pear vodka sorbet and Purple is made from purple potato puree, blackberry parfait, leather, lavender marshmallows and fruits of the forest sorbet. For a real sense of nostalgia, their eight-course dessert degustation menu is stunningly indulgent and includes Basil White Chocolate, Lemon Explosion, the curiously-named ‘Frapu’chee’no and what they call Pure Imagination, a selection of chocolate bonbons.
There are a few savoury bites on the menu but that’s largely an aside the main event. If you want the very best desserts arguably in all of Asia, the 2am:dessertbar should be your first stop.