After our epic bloggers’ lunch at Que Huong, we had to get dessert (of course). CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High suggested Hanna’s Gourmet, a little cafe not too far from Que Huong. I’ve read about it and was quite excited to check out this little spot.
Half of the photos from this post are from my phone… my camera battery died on me halfway through. Sad.
This was a pretty small place, with a few tables inside and a patio with maybe four tables outside. I felt shy about taking photos of the desserts display case, since there were a couple of diners sitting right next to it… haha. The food menu looked really good – in addition to sandwiches and entrées that you’d expect from a cafe, they also feature rotating “world cuisine” specialities to highlight traditional foods from different cultures. When I was there, the cuisine was Italian.
CC and Cathy of mmm-yoso chose the desserts… I was happy to have someone else make the decisions! Hehe. We ended up getting five desserts to share among seven of us.
I was really excited about the persimmon (for a while, I thought I was allergic to it, which made me super sad, but now it seems like I’m fine with it again. Hurray!). To my disappointment, the persimmon taste was quite mild – you could only taste it if you had a bunch of the purée drizzled at the top. I guess the raspberry (both the mousse and the fresh fruit on top) overwhelmed the persimmon a bit.
This one was really delicious. You can definitely smell the rum, but it didn’t taste too strong and paired perfectly with the tart berries. The cake layers were very fluffy, yet also had a “creamy” mouthfeel to it. I was also glad that they used whipped cream, which made the dessert feel lighter. One of my favorites of the day!
The peanut butter mousse was very creamy and decadent, and the chocolate cake was nice and moist. Honestly though, if you put chocolate + peanut butter in front of me, 99% of the time, I will think it is delicious. Seriously, chocolate and pb: match made in heaven.
By this point, I knew that Hanna’s Gourmet knows how to do cake. Too often, I’ve had cakes that were dense and dry, with layers of heavy frosting that just make everything worse. But again, the cake was moist, and the cream layers were light. This was a nice and refreshing bite, after the rich chocolate pb mousse.
Hehe, I think I was one of the few who enjoyed these cookies that day… The rosemary flavor was strong, but I liked the pairing with apricot jam. I might try to recreate these at home sometime.
Snapshot of everything we had that day:
My not-so-pretty plate with a sample of everything. I tried my best to get a good representation of each dessert!
Overall, I really liked the desserts here, especially the cakes. I’ll definitely be back to try their food, and for more desserts!
Read about Hanna’s Gourmet on…
Pink Candles at Ridgemont High