Fresh fruit and rolled ice-creams, frozen shakes and healthy kheer – here’s our pick of the coolest desserts in town to help you beat the heat this summer.
Tru Frut Naturals Ice-cream, Govinda’s
Where: Govinda’ s Restaurant, Jumeirah Beach Road
When: Noon-12.30am weekdays, 1am weekends
Cost: AED 16 onwards
Contact: 04 396 0088
Lowdown: 100 per cent natural fresh fruits converted to 100 per cent yummy ice-creams that are sweet but never sickly.
With most of the flavours based on seasonal fruits, there’s always something to try out. We love custard apple, yoyo coconut, mango madness and cheeky chickoo flavours. Yep, we’ve tried a few.
Mango mousse cake, Bakemart Plus
Where: Bakemart Plus – Al Karama, Near Karama Post Office
When: 7am-midnight, daily
Cost: AED 16 per piece
Contact: 04 334 3893
Lowdown: Everyone loves fresh, juicy mangoes. Everyone loves soft, gooey cakes. But what if we told you that you could enjoy the best of both in one dessert?
Take a bite of the mango mousse cake at Bakemartplus and you’ll find that although it’s covered in fresh mango slices, it tastes even better than it looks.
Frozen Chai, The Inventing Room
Where: The Inventing Room – Rise at Dubai Creek Harbour (and coming soon to Dubai Mall)
When: Weekends – see Instagram for details
Cost: From AED 30
Lowdown: Traditional hot chai keeps us warm in the winter months and now there’s frozen chai to keep us hydrated and cool in the summer. We tried this magical concoction of ice and cream at Dubai Food Festival in March and we can’t wait to drink it again.
Chai lovers, find The Inventing Room’s pop-up entertainment station at Rise Creek Harbour and Al Barsha Pond Park every weekend until summer. Be sure to sample the frozen Cheetos too!
Kulfi Falooda, Kulfilicious
Where: Kulfilicious – Karama, Healthcare City and opening soon, Al Barsha
When: Noon-midnight, daily
Cost: From AED 20
Contact: 04 449 8595 (Karama)
Lowdown: Better known for its amazing kulfi, Kulfilicious also serves some of the best faloodas in town. Beat the heat with this rollercoaster of a traditional Indian dessert, in exotic flavours like rabri and pistachio.
The combination of kulfi and falooda gets our mouth watering every time and do not pass up on their Sultani sundae; it’s rich and royal in every way!
For a lighter dessert, they also have some really crazy ice-lolly flavours.
No-bake Nutella Cheesecake, Sugaholic
Where: Sugaholic – Rawdat Al Karama Building, behind Yoko Sizzlers, Karama
Cost: AED 11
Contact: 04 357 9333
Lowdown: Solve that sugar fix with Sugaholic’s signature cheesecake, made with yummy Nutella, on a base of crispy biscuits, topped with whipped cream and an Oreo biscuit. The soft, crunchy feeling from your first bite will stay with you long after you have hogged the whole cake.
Sugaholic also excels in really cute cupcakes, macaroons and cake pops, which can be customised to order.
Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, Serendipity 3
Where: Dubai Festival City & Citywalk 2
When: 9am-11pm (midnight Saturday and Sunday)
Cost: AED 35 onwards
Contact: 04 455 1666
Lowdown: This chain from the US is famous for their larger-than-life portions of decadent desserts. Frrrozen Hot Chocolate goes one step further to make the most mouthwatering eye candy of a milkshake, topped with a tower of whipped cream. A feast for the eyes and belly.
Mr. Frost, Internet City Metro Station
Where: Gloria Hotel, sea side, near Internet City Metro station
Cost: From AED 10
Contact: 050 342 7605
Lowdown: If you haven’t obsessively watched Mr Frost’s videos, it’s worth checking out his food truck to see this fascinating ice-cream concept. Watch as milk is splashed on an ice slab, mixed with fresh fruits and other treats of your choice, then beaten around a slab and twirled into a creamy roll. How cool is that?
They’ve all kinds of flavours – name it, watch it and savour it!
Quinoa Kheer, Taj Hotel
Where: Bombay Brasserie, Taj Hotel – Business Bay
Cost: AED 50
Contact: 04 438 3222
Lowdown: Looking for a healthy dessert option? The master chefs at Bombay Brasserie have re-created the traditional vermicelli kheer with orange-infused quinoa and milk.
Suffused with superfood goodness, it’s so guilt-free that it’s pretty much salad. Almost.