The Aviary Dessert Kitchen
If you’re looking for somewhere romantic to feed your sweetheart spoonfuls of panna cotta, this is it. The Aviary Dessert Kitchen is only a short walk from any one of the 40-odd restaurants in the area, making it a convenient option for an after-dinner treat.
Owner Hong Dang creates desserts with a skillful, delicate and creative eye that makes them almost too beautiful to eat – perfectly rounded spheres of ice cream balance atop mounds of biscuit crumbs, while dustings of freeze-dried raspberries and brush strokes of berry coulis decorate the plates.
The decor shares the same attention to detail. The ceiling is adorned with tangles of leafy vines and fairy lights, while thoughtfully placed lamps add a soft warm glow. The metallic accents of the wallpaper, tiny potted plants and patterned seat cushions add femininity without crossing the line into cloyingly sweet.
The Aviary offers a seasonal menu rotating around a set list of favourites. Best sellers include the Nutella and strawberry Eton mess with crunchy hazelnut praline and the signature flowerpot dessert – a macaron set in a pot of mud cake, mousse and chocolate soil.
In a nod to Dang’s Vietnamese heritage, Asian-inspired desserts also feature, showcasing flavours of black sesame, coconut and lime. A queue is not uncommon on any given night of the week, so it’s best to book ahead to ensure the end of your evening is sweet.