Get your sugar rush in Cape Town

Everybody likes a happy ending, and by that we mean a knockout dessert of course. Not sure which Cape Town restaurants will deliver a grand finale to your meal? We did some of the hard work for you…

Chef Scot Kirton has done well to put La Colombe on the culinary map with his multi-course tasting menus, but he’s also a chef who knows how to finish strong. Rounding out his Gourmand menu is a dish titled simply; ‘Strawberries and Green’.

Cucumber ice cream? Celery leaf? Verbena and cashew? Not what you’d expect from a memorable dessert dish, but the combination of flavours and textures of strawberries will amaze you.

Around the corner there’s more fine dining fare at The Greenhouse, where Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff’s wizardry with a gateaux of Madagascan chocolate and pistachio is equally impressive.

Or, think classic, and there’s little that can beat a textbook chocolate fondant made using quality dark chocolate and cooked to perfection. Giorgio Nava at modern Italian restaurant 95 Keerom ticks both of those boxes with his legendary version of this classic bistro dish. Paired with an imported grappa it’s a dessert to remember.

Of course a decadent dessert doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple ice cream cone, done well, is perhaps the queen of desserts. Our favourite? Any one of The Creamery branches across Cape Town. The Mouille Point and Newlands outlets are your best bet, and both are open until 11pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Speaking of ice cream: you don’t want to miss the black sesame ice cream at Kyoto Garden Sushi on Kloof Nek Road. While the sushi and Japanese cuisine here is arguably the best in the city, they don’t disappoint come dessert time either.

The same goes for Tjing Tjing Torii in the city centre: expect delicious small-plate Asian dishes, wrapped up with a memorable dessert that pairs black sesame ice cream with creamy matcha ice cream and a pancake of red bean paste. Delicious.