Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sweets Raku

This weekend I finally got to go to Sweets Raku, a Japanese dessert restaurant in Las Vegas China Town, and I've got to say, it was well worth the wait.

Most people are seated at the counter and are able to watch their dessert being made right in front of them, and I've got to say that it's pretty entertaining to watch, especially with such a nice, modern-looking kitchen setting (The dish in the picture turned out to be ours). The actual location is a bit small but makes sense since it's a side location of the main restaurant Raku located about 100 feet away in the strip mall, but either way, this place still constitutes in my book as "fancy shmancy". 

When you are seated, you are given two menus - a drink menu, and their ever so popular edible menu which is made of rice paper and served with a sauce of your choice. We chose raspberry sauce and it was delicious! 
While Sweets Raku has quite an assortment of high-end selections, what they're known for is their 3-course dessert option, Prix Fixe

The first course, Amuse, is a seasonal sorbet served with white wine jelly. Right now they're serving peach sorbet, and it was perfect. It tasted so refreshing and not overbearingly sweet. And as for the white wine jelly, you could still detect a subtle taste of white wine which complimented the peach sorbet very well.

The second course is the course that you choose from the five choices available that day. Like Amuse, some choices are seasonal. We decided to choose the Marriage, a delicious sponge cake wrapped around banana custard with fresh bananas, and strawberry mousse. The dish also featured some fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, and also white chocolate and gold garnish, which I thought was a nice touch. It's so hard to pick a favorite part of this dessert. The sponge cake itself had so much flavor, but again didn't overpower the rest of the dish's main components. The strawberry mousse was presented beautifully (like everything else served in this place) and was very light and airy. The banana custard was exceptionally creamy and the fresh slices of banana made it even better.

The final course, Petit Four, which is also seasonal, is a cream puff filled with either regular or chocolate cream and a fruit sauce of your choice, served with passion fruit and strawberry marshmallows, and garnished with caramel and orange zest. My first thought was "what could be so special about a cream puff?" but with the first bite, this cream puff told me other wise. The pastry itself is very crisp on the outside and perfectly soft and flaky on the inside, and honestly, I was hesitant on ordering the chocolate cream thinking it would be really overpowering, but it proved to be just as light and delicious as everything else and went well with the strawberry sauce inside. The marshmallows, although small, were packed with so much fruity flavor, which tasted true to their fresh fruit counterparts.

All in all, my experience at Sweets Raku was an enjoyable one. I'm a sucker for food with beautiful presentation and they definitely delivered. Now, with a price of $19 per person who orders the Prix Fixe ($24 for 2 people sharing) and not-so-large servings, I wouldn't say this is an everyday place to enjoy desserts, but if you're in the mood to treat yourself or someone special to something new and refreshing, I say go for it, because you won't regret it. I'm hoping to find other occasions to treat myself just to try all the different options they have!

Even the presentation of their glasses and coasters were nice!

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