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[Hong Kong] Sift Dessert Bar

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Sift Dessert Bar

Add: G/F, 46 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2530 4288
Hours: Tue-Thu 3-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 3-12:30pm
Price: 75~95 HKD/dessert

I’ve been craving Sift’s red velvet cupcakes ever since I first tasted them at Sidewalk on my previous Hong Kong trip. Upon returning to the city, I was determined to get a dozen of these fluffy delights, so I arrived at Sift’s Graham Street outlet right when it opened – just because I wanted none of the “sorry we are all sold out” business. So imagine how devastated I was when told that – “Umm, we don’t have cupcakes at this outlet. You have to go to our Wanchai location for them.”


To mend my broken heart, we decided to go ahead and try Sift’s plated desserts, which are the specialties at its Graham Street outlet. After much contemplation and consultation, we placed our orders and waited to be impressed.

First came Sticky Toffee Pudding (80 HKD), a steamed date puree sponge cake lavishly drizzled with toffee sauce. A forkful of this amazingly warm, moist, fragrant cake with some accompanying banana ice-cream and caramel crunch made me very, very happy at heart. Red velvet cupcakes? Already out of mind.

Then came Mango Duo (90 HKD) – a glass of beautifully layered mango coconut mascarpone cream, passion puree, and almond croustillant. It was accompanied by two delicately constructed fresh mango mint napoleon, balanced carefully on the plate. Despite the pretty presentation, I was a bit disappointed with the blandness of the mango coconut mascarpone cream. The passionfruit puree helped a bit with the flavor and the almond croustillant added a nice crumble, but overall this dessert just wasn’t satisfying.

Despite my disappointment in the second dessert, there are a few other enticing-looking items on the menu that might lure me back. Cherry napoleon with almond pastry cream and fresh cherries, chocolate and strawberry pavlova with chardonnay gelee, and Sift chocolate cake with jivara cremeux and praline crunch…mmhmm.

FYI, there’s a courtyard at the back of the dessert bar for those who like to be outdoors.

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September 20th, 2011 at 9:19 pm