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.
Tru Frut Naturals Ice-cream, Govinda’s
Where: Govinda’s Restaurant,Behind Regent Palace Hotel, Karama (and Jumeirah Beach Road). When: 10am-12.30am. Cost: AED 18 for a single scoop, AED 30 for a double. 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. We love custard apple, yoyo coconut, mango madness and cheeky chickoo flavours. Yep, we’ve tried a few.
Mango mousse cake, Bakemart Gourmet
Where: Bakemart Gourmet, Sajaya Plaza, Hessa Road, Al Barsha, (there are seven outlets around Dubai). When: 7am-12am, daily. Cost: From AED 18 a slice/AED 120 whole cake. 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 Bakemart Gourmet (formerly known as Bakemart Plus) and you’ll find that it tastes even better than it looks.
Frozen Chai, The Inventing Room
Where: The Inventing Room, La Mer, Jumeirah andLast Exit D89, Al Khawaneej. When: 10am-10pm weekdays (12am weekends). Cost: From AED 30. Contact: 054 404 1923
Lowdown: To keep us cool in the summer, these food wizards have created frozen chai. It’s prepared with almost surgical precision and arrives in a fug of dry ice. Pair it frozen Cheetos (AED 15) to really unleash your dragon for the Insta.
Kulfi Falooda, Kulfilicious
Where: Kulfilicious – 12 branches around Dubai, including Al Barsha, Karama, The Dubai Mall and Ibn Battuta Mall. When: 12pm-10pm (12am at weekends). Cost: From AED 10. Contact: 04 526 9146 (Ibn Battuta)
Lowdown: Best 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 a cornucopia of flavours, from the fruit-laden to the chocolate heavy and everything in between. For a lighter dessert, slurp on one of Kuliflicious’ colourful ice-lollies.
No-bake Nutella Cheesecake, Sugaholic
Where: Sugaholic – Rawdat Al Karama Building, behind Yoko Sizzlers, Karama. When: 10am-12am daily. Cost: From AED 158 for a kg. 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 lot. Sugaholic also excels in really cute customisable cupcakes, macaroons and cake pops.
Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, Serendipity 3
Where: Dubai Festival City & Citywalk 2. When: 9am-12am daily. Cost: AED 39 onwards. Contact: 042 843 149 (Festival City).
Lowdown: This chain from the US is famous for larger-than-life portions of decadent desserts. Frrrozen Hot Chocolate is a mouthwatering eye candy of a milkshake, topped with a tower of whipped cream. A feast for the eyes and belly that comes in single and double servings. No, you don’t have to share.
Quinoa Kheer, Taj Hotel
Where: Bombay Brasserie, Taj Hotel, Business Bay. When: 1pm-4pm, 6pm-12am. Cost: AED 60. 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.