Today marks the inaugural post of my new series, Toronto Dessert Reviews (a spin-off of my unexpectedly popular American/Canadian Snack Reviews), in which I will blatantly defy social norms and constructions of mealtimes by rocking up at restaurants at odd hours of the day to request the dessert menu… and the dessert menu only.
As my willing accomplice Gorgeous Girl and I declared at lunch time today, spoons hovering over our respective plates of sugar, why waste precious stomach space on savoury dishes when the heart desires nothing more than the best course of all?
So it’s time, people. It’s time to reclaim dessert as a rightful restaurant experience in and of itself.
Where better to start than Milestones Grill + Bar, a restaurant here in Toronto that offers an entire pint of ice cream for the single diner to devour?
Called the Milestones’ Break-Up Tub, this hefty pint was packed (and I do mean packed; no cheapskate servings here) with dense and creamy cookie dough ice cream, all topped off with crumbled house-baked double chocolate cookie pieces and a squiggle of caramel sauce. The ice cream had chocolate shards as well as nubbins of cookie dough stirred through it, and the sheer novelty of ordering a pint of ice cream for lunch outweighed the secret truth that this dessert was, perhaps, a little too sweet overall.
Gorgeous Girl laughed when, a few bites in, I furtively reached for the salt shaker, but I will own my pretentiousness with pride: adding a little salt to the tub as I worked my way through it made for a far more awesome restaurant lunch dessert experience.
Gorgeous Girl ordered the Caramel Gingered Apple Crisp, described on the menu as “slivered apples stewed with brown sugar, ginger and spices, topped with vanilla gelato, buttery caramel and walnut crumble”. While I would have loved a stronger ginger and spice kick in the spoonfuls I stole, the soft apples played well against the nutty crumble, and it’s an undeniable truth that buttery caramel sauce makes everything better.
I decree my first foray into the Toronto restaurant dessert scene a success, and giddily await the next adventure. After all, it’s the little things — like sugar, beloved friends, and waitresses who say “I like your style” when you hand back the lunch menu in favour of the dessert list — that make winter, and life, shine so much brighter.
PS Torontonians: Hit me up with your favourite restaurant desserts. I’ve got me a list to build.