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I was just browsing our hotel’s neighborhood on Google Maps on my iPhone when the name Extraordinary Desserts jumped out at me. While the hubs and B were still sleeping, I dragged J to walk the two blocks.
- Little Italy location
I’ve read about the numerous architectural awards the Little Italy location has received and it’s evident in its facade.
- south area
The whole feeling I get upon entering the doors is minimalist zen. Wonderful clean organized display. I also noticed the common use of flowers, petals and gold foil among the cakes and pastries.
- Lemon Bar
- Chocolate Shortbread
- Blackberry Tart
- Lemon Ricotta Cake
- Chocolate Pot De Creme
(I’m getting a toothache just by doing this post!)
- Extraordinary Brownie
- Chocolate Chip Cookie
J and I went back to the hotel to wake up the sleepyheads so we can have brunch atExtraordinary Desserts but the hubs has pasta in mind so we compromised. We will have pasta for lunch but we are going back for desserts.
- Yoga Phoria Tea
I ordered the Yoga Phoria Tea, a black tea with fruity notes. My usual “next step” would be to add a teaspon of rock sugar and just a dash of milk. It was one hell of a delicious cup of tea, my dears. It really was. That little teapot yielded about 3 cups and at $6/pot, it was not bad at all.
- Kiwi Lemonade
I ordered the Kiwi Lemonade for the kids to share just because I thought it was a refreshing idea and that they needed to broaden their knowledge and repertoir of fruit lemonades. The verdict? Both kids loved the drink.
The hubs wanted to be different and ordered the granola just because. I thought the presentation was cute with the milk having it’s own carafe. Adorable! And again with the petal garnish 😉 Both the hubs and I love granola and this one is not so bad, I would say a 6 out of 10.
- Petit Parisienne
The Petit Parisienne is absolutely divine. I wish to have a regular size all by myself
(maybe tomorrow? hmm…). NOT! It’s really good.
- Lemon Bar
The Lemon Bar is good. Not to die for good but just good. As my sis pointed out in the preview post, it has a “perfect ratio of crust to filling”. I definitely agree especially with that extra tart filling. The crust is a little on the hard side, I don’t know if it’s really like that but I just prefer crust that are more soft and crumbly.
- Blood Orange Ricotta Cake (Sweet and tangy. This ricotta torte is soaked with fresh blood orange juice and layered with blood orange whipped cream, juicy raspberries and cranberries.)
The Blood Orange Ricotta Cake is a perfect marriage of tart and sweet. Again another perfectly crafted cake.
- Tortamisu (ED’s unique version of Tiramisu consists of espresso soaked ricotta cake layers and Italian mascarpone rum cream. This house favorite is finished with whipped cream and dusted with cocoa.)
I’m not really a big fan of Tiramisu, in this case it’s called Tortamisu but this was B’s choice. It was not overtly sweet and the espresso flavor is not overpowering. I actually grew to like this. It was actually a break into my monotonous choices of fruity desserts.
Overall, our dessert experience was superb. We haven’t had any of their savory menu items but from their selection I say they have something for everybody including the kids. Service is good and the waitstaff attentive. Ambiance is airy, breezy and calming. Parking can be a problem but what the heck it’s always a problem everywhere we seem to go these days. Price-wise it is totally reasonable considering the total experience you’re getting. My only “dislike” is the restroom, when I got there the 1 of 2 stalls that I used has totally empty toilet liners and the toilet paper is running on it’s last 5% and they’ve only been open 3 hours at that time. Makes me wonder what’s the restroom situation if they’ve been open for 10 hours. However, considering all the other pluses, it now falls on my “must visit list” every time we’re in town.
Little Italy location
1430 Union Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Balboa Park location
2929 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103