Sweet A La Mode
Sweet a la Mode serves cafe-style lunches, weekend brunches, high tea, and of course desserts like cakes, pastries, cookies and ice cream.
The concept is headed up by Chef Donald Duong, the man behind now-shuttered DT Bistro.
Design standouts include a massive nest-like structure with circling white birds that fills the high ceiling, and murals of ballet dancers with the heads of swans (there’s a distinct avian theme).
High tea starts around $35 and can be for one up to four people. A bottom tier includes savoury items like mini versions of daily sandwiches like a duck confit burger and a smoked salmon croissant as well as choux pastry with egg salad on top.
Upper tiers have sweet items like an Earl Grey mousse cup with mango sauce and a macaron on top, financiers and mini cheesecakes.
The full size version of the duck confit, pate and foie gras burger is $18.50. Despite the premium ingredients it seemed pricey, and there was a bone in the duck which seemed inappropriate for a sandwich.
Otherwise though it was like an upscale version of a banh mi, and I enjoyed the flavour combination.
A full size smoked salmon croissant is $13.50. It feels like something you could make at home many times over for less, but with cream cheese, onions, and lettuce it is a satisfyingly classic combination.
A cheddar, broccoli and bacon quiche ($12.50) comes as a thick slice with lots of broccoli, so it’s a full lunch unlike some quiche slices. I found it cheesy and comforting.
Coconut creme brulee French toast ($9.50) would be my recommendation. It’s bang for your buck with an appropriately hardened glazed top, delicious blueberry sauce, fluffy toast and a rich white chocolate whipped cream.
A creme brulee mixed berry tart is basically creme brulee in a tart shell with mixed berry compote on the bottom. It’s properly gelid, sweet and fruity with a top that cracks like glass.
A single scoop sundae is more epic than most, rosewater raspberry ice cream with a coconut crumble, black lace sesame cookie, dried sugar-coated orange, black sesame meringue, mango sauce, a little white chocolate whipped cream, a coconut cookie and a swan chocolate cookie.
I’d recommend matcha honey citrus ($5.50), passion fruit or raspberry iced tea ($6.50) over matcha lattes ($4.75) and cappuccinos ($3.65).
Those longing for the DT Bistro of yore will likely be pleased by what they find here.