Forget Supper, I’ll Just Have Dessert!

Visited On: April 5, 2012
Gluten Free Menu: No
Server Knowledge:
Server Attitude:
Variety of Gluten-Free Options: 1/2
Overall Gluten-Friendly Rating:
Price Range: $8-10 per person (plus tax, tip, and drinks)

The Middle Spoon has been on my wish list since it appeared on Barrington Street last summer. After all, they are a desserterie, and how cool is that word? A recent outing for a review left me still hungry, so we figured we’d stop in and check it out. Our first impression at the ultra-chic décor and the bartender in the three-piece suit was “Wow!” We did feel a little underdressed, but that didn’t stop us from grabbing a table. A server was soon at our side with a wine list, drink list, and dessert menu. Their drink list was a huge surprise; the place is just as much a cocktail bar as it is desserterie. All cocktails are created by their in-house bar expert, made with freshly squeezed juice and various potions that he has invented. I opted for a Material Girl ($9.75) while Mike had their beer cocktail special ($14.00, ouch!).

I asked the server what was gluten-free, and she was very helpful. The Lemon Pavlova and flourless chocolate torte, plus many of the options in the create-your-own sundae bar, are gluten-free. They do warn you, however, that the kitchen has a lot of flour in it so they can’t provide any guarantees against cross-contamination. I chose the flourless chocolate torte ($9.99) while Mike ordered the carrot cake ($7.99).

Our drinks arrived first, of course, and we were blown away. I’ve never tasted anything so delicate, complex, and perfectly balanced. I really wanted to hoover the whole thing. Mike was equally amazed at his beer cocktail. The bartender is apparently a pretty talented fellow – it’s worth the price of the drinks just to sit there and watch him work his magic.

Our desserts arrived pretty quickly, and were so nicely presented it seemed to be a shame to destroy the artistry. The slice of torte I received was generous, with tons of raspberry coulis (perhaps a bit too much, to be honest). A pile of whipped cream and raspberries stood on the side. Mike’s carrot cake was equally ginormous. Both desserts were really excellent: freshly made, premium ingredients, and really rich. Mike had a similar complaint about his cake: there was too much buttercream icing.

Dessert for two was $47.99 after tax and tip, and although it was pricey, it was well worth it. If you’re looking for a special treat or an amazing cocktail, The Middle Spoon is the place to go.

The Middle Spoon Desserterie & Bar
1559 Barrington Street (Downtown Halifax)
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