Christmas is a great time of year to over-indulge without the accompanying guilt. If your sweet tooth has already seen enough Christmas pud to last a lifetime, head to Chinatown for something a little different.
Hot, cold, warm or icy, Blackball is all about Taiwanese teas and desserts. Along with a huge range of BoBa tea, their crushed ice and grass jelly desserts are the real deal. The ‘Blackball Signature’ is the main draw – warm melted grass jelly or ice shavings with a combination of taro Q, golden sweet potato, taro balls, sweet potato balls, red bean and pearls.
Red Silks nails the lounge-bar feeling, offering views of Bourke Street and an extensive menu of Asian dishes. They also do tasty desserts – Milo with pearl sago is a new twist on an old favourite, while green tea ice cream and red bean is a refreshing way to finish any meal.
Gaylord Indian Restaurant
City stalwart Gaylord Indian Restaurant is more than just tandoori curries and rice, offering traditionally-inspired desserts including Pistachio Kulfi – Indian pistachio ice cream with chestnuts and cardamom.
Serving the city for over 20 years, Maxim’s Cakes has a range of pastries and cakes big enough for any craving, and they’re known far and wide for having the best egg custard tarts in the city.
If you’re looking to take things up a notch, Flower Drum is a Melbourne institution whose spectacular desserts are often overlooked. While they know how to deep-fry ice-cream to perfection, their Peking toffee apples with cinnamon ice cream are a delight you won’t find replicated anywhere else.
What’s your favourite Chinatown sweet spot?