Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Sunday to Friday), 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Saturday)
Mobile Number: 0995-448-8233
You don't normally put "dessert" and "healthy" in the same sentence — unless said dessert is in the form of plain fruits. But somehow, The Dessert Kitchen manages it.
Originally based in Hong Kong, The Dessert Kitchen debuted in the Philippines last February 4. It promises a low-fat, healthy take on classic concoctions like sundaes, parfaits and Asian desserts in general. (Of course, if you eat too many of their sweets in one sitting, it's practically the same as downing a regular dessert in one go.)
In light of that, we at EnjoyMakati decided to drop by and give a couple of their desserts a try. Before anything else, though, let's talk about what makes The Dessert Kitchen special other than their healthy offerings.
It's hard to miss The Dessert Kitchen. Sandwiched between Fully Booked and Muji, the dessert parlor is a great stopover while you're taking a break in-between shopping sprees. And since The Dessert Kitchen is still in "soft opening" mode, you can easily pick it out by the large balloons near the entrance.
Also, when you go inside, you'll be put in a good mood instantly. The bright lights, open kitchen and comfy seats enhance the open feel of The Dessert Kitchen. It helps that the waiters and friendly and helpful (which we'll discuss in more detail later).
Unfortunately, we weren't able to take pictures of the interior. We can, however, describe it to you as an elegant cross between a fine dining restaurant and a casual coffee shop. You can eat your desserts inside the parlor, or you can take them out.
As usual in restaurants, you'll be served a cool glass of water. However, there's something different about the water at The Dessert Kitchen.
It has a lemony tinge to it, which probably brings out the flavor of the desserts once you start digging into those.
Speaking of which, we ordered one Winter Love Sundae (Php168) and one Honey Kanten (Php198).
As for the Honey Kanten, it's a different experience.
The menu advertised the noodles as being picked up by a pair of chopsticks, but we were given tiny forks instead. We understand that Filipinos are more familiar with forks; however, we feel that the Asian dessert experience would've been more authentic if they also provided chopsticks. Besides, metal is more slippery than wood, so chopsticks are more convenient from a diner's perspective — unless, of course, said diner isn't familiar with handling the same.
As we mentioned earlier, the service in this place is good. No, scratch that: The service is great. The servers were attentive, but not pushy: They allowed us to browse their menu for a little while before ushering us in. And when we were ushered in, they found us the most comfortable seats possible.
While we ate, they took time to ask us how the food tasted. They also had us fill a feedback form about our overall experience with the place. Needless to say, we only had good words to say about them.
Like other Power Plant Mall restaurants (presumably), they charged us around 8 to 9 percent for service, or Php32.68. In The Dessert Kitchen's case, we thought it was worth it, because they hardly gave us any trouble, even when we dined during their peak hours (i.e. around lunch time).
If you're looking for a "cheap" place to have dessert, The Dessert Kitchen isn't for you. Their offerings are pricey by dessert standards, and they top it off with a hefty service charge too.
But, if you're looking for a new place to meet with friends and colleagues (other than the ubiquitous coffee shops), or to take a break in-between shopping for clothes and books nearby, then we heartily recommend The Dessert Kitchen. The place is comfy, the service is great, and the food is sweet enough to satisfy your sugar cravings, but healthy enough to not spike blood sugar levels. Overall, we grant them a score of 9.5/10.