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Ten Next-Level Takeaway Desserts to Try When You Need Something to Perk You Up

When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month or even your year, these sugary treats will be there for you.
By Concrete Playground
June 28, 2021
By Concrete Playground
June 28, 2021


When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month or even your year, these sugary treats will be there for you.

With Sydney back in lockdown, it has never felt more important to seek out small moments of joy. Like when you've just finished dinner and remember that you've got a delicious sweet treat waiting to be devoured. Or just skipping the savoury part of the meal entirely and going straight for the sugar.

We're big believers that a really good dessert can help you forget the world's problems — if only for a little while. So, if you've already licked the tub of ice cream in the freezer completely clean or sniffed out your housemate's secret stash of choccies and now have no goodies left, we're not here to judge. Instead, we're going to point you in the direction of some of Sydney's best desserts that you can pick up or get dropped to your doorstep the next time those sugar cravings hit.

If you are going out to pick up takeaway, remember to have a look at the latest COVID-19 advice from the NSW Department of Health.

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    The newest kid on the block, Gram Cafe & Pancakes opened its first Australian store in February of last year, after its sky-high soufflé pancakes earned a cult following across Asia and the US. To make sure each pancake is as light and fluffy as its Osaka counterparts (where the OG store is located), the Sydney chefs have been trained by the big boss from Japan. They’re whipping up a batter heavy with egg whites, steaming it under metal domes and then cooking it until its golden on the outside and white and fluffy on the inside.

    If you’re looking to try all the flavours Gram has on offer, the store is offering a premium Mori to-go box, which allows you to take five of these glorious goodies to enjoy at home.

    How? Takeaway in-store — call to preorder via (02) 8084 0866 — or delivery via UberEats and Doordash.

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    Last year, renowned pastry chef Yves Scherrer, who coached the Australian World Pastry Cup team and is the man behind Sake’s much Instagrammed dragon egg dessert, opened up his own patisserie and bakery in Clovelly. This tiny shop is filled with cakes, tarts and pastries aplenty, all with Scherrer’s creative touch — think croissants filled with hazelnut and dipped in chocolate and handmade gelato in flavours like vanilla bourbon and lemongrass. The sweet and delicate eclairs, available in chocolate, coffee and salted caramel flavours, are not to be missed, too.

    How? Takeaway in-store, order online or delivery via Deliveroo.

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    There has to be something magical about Sweet Belem’s Portuguese tarts that keeps people coming back. Maybe it’s because Sweet Belem serve them warm and a little bit singed, with gooey, slightly caramelised custard that melts on your tongue. Or maybe it’s the satisfying crisp of layered, golden pastry. Either way, the crew at Sweet Belem pumped out 1000 of these little gems a day in a pre-COVID-19 world, and they’re not letting the current restrictions stop them. They’re going for $4 a pop at the shop in Petersham — known as ‘Little Portugal’ to some — and available for delivery.

    How? Takeaway in-store or delivery via UberEats.

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    In Sydney, Andy Bowdy’s cakes are legendary. Saga presented the first opportunity for the average punter to just walk in a grab one of the baker’s lauded sweet creations without having to drop a couple of hundred clams on a big boy cake to feed 50 people. What sets his famed meringue-heaped, caramel-dripping tiered cakes — served at Saga as mini versions that are perfect for one person — apart is that they’re all about reversing the ratio of cake to cream; instead of thick layers of dense sponge, each delicacy is carefully dressed with fat deposits of melt-in-your-mouth cream. The mini cakes on offer change regularly but Izzy — vanilla butter cake with strawberry mousse, pandan custard, coconut chew and strawberry compote — holds a special place in our hearts. You can pick one up for $15 at the Enmore store.

    How? Takeaway in-store.

    Image: Kimberley Low

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    With over 70 stores worldwide, Uncle Tetsu finally opened its first Australian store back in 2017. While the menu has since grown to include variations on the titular dish and a few other Japanese sweets, all you’re really need to know about the OG — a snow-white cake with a golden burnished top, branded with the signature Uncle Tetsu stamp. The cake in question is incredibly light and fluffy. There is no biscuit base, as the style dictates, and, having been baked in a water bath, the sides are moist like pudding. As for the taste, it’s eggy and pancake-y, with little sweetness. Resist the temptation to eat it all at once. When you cool it in the fridge, it grows denser and crumbly, with a soft, sweet cheese flavour.

    How? Takeaway in store or delivery via UberEats, Easi and Menulog.

    Image: Ryan La

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    Sweet toothed folks with dietary requirements haven’t been left behind either, thanks to good folks at Nutie. The crew is currently keeping both the Balmain and Surry Hills spots open for takeaway so Sydneysiders can continue to get their sugar fix. If you’ve never had the opportunity to try one of Nutie’s extravagant doughnuts, here’s the lowdown: they’re all 100-percent gluten-free, resulting in a slightly denser, cake-like treat (and this is not a bad thing). There are also gluten-free cookies, muffins slices and cakes on offer with plenty of dairy-free and vegan options, too. The crew has also started up a delivery service, so you can get doughnuts, cookies, muffins and cakes delivered straight to your doorstep, alongside some savoury gluten-free meals — think soups, salads, curries and more.

    How? Takeaway in-store or direct delivery.

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    Since the moment it opened its doors on Bondi Road, Peppe’s has been a hit. From the team behind now-closed plant-based fine diner Paperbark, this tiny all-vegan joint has impressed Sydneysiders with its simple menu of antipasti, pasta and natural wines. Much of the well-deserved fanfare is due to its pillowy gnocchi — the sauces switch up regularly, but the current takeaway menu is offering it with pomodoro, pesto or mushroom sauce. But, in terms of desserts, the house tiramisu is not to be missed — and is available on the takeaway and delivery menu, too. Adhering to the all-vegan theme, this tiramisu is made with a soy milk-based sponge cake soaked in espresso. Mascarpone is substituted with a coconut and cashew cream, and it’s finished with a dusting of cocoa powder and dark chocolate shavings.

    How? Takeaway in-store, order online or delivery via Uber Eats, Deliveroo and DoorDash.

    Image: Trent van der Jagt

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    After developing a gluten and dairy allergy back in 2017, Yu Ozone refused to give up on her love of food. Instead, she created Comeco, which is serving up gluten (and dairy) free sourdough doughnuts and vegan sushi to the Newtown masses. The signature sourdoughnuts are made using an organic brown rice sourdough starter, which gives the doughnuts a crisp exterior and a wonderfully chewy inside. You can find these vegan treats in traditional cinnamon or glazed form, filled with stewed apple cinnamon or Ozone’s favourite, with sweet-and-sour passionfruit custard, drizzled with fresh passionfruit pulp.

    How? Takeaway in-store or order online.

    Image: Cassandra Hannagan

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    Lukumades (the food) are round doughnuts made by hole-in-the-wall patisseries in Greece, usually served slathered in honey and walnuts, and beloved by Greek people. A few years back, a Melbourne food truck started selling these doughy balls of deliciousness, and Lukamades (the business) bloomed from there. It opened its first Sydney store in Chippendale in 2019, which serves up classic lukumades, as well as modern takes that feature Nutella, salted caramel or white chocolate with crushed Oreo. These deep-fried doughnut holes are as sweet as a treat could possibly come, and are the perfect sugary pick-me-up to get you through these tough times.

    How? Takeaway in-store or delivery via UberEats.

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Top image: Comeco by Cassandra Hannagan


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