Puddings with a difference

Japanese-style cakes and smoked ingredients can add a quirky element to desserts.

Japanese-style cakes
Japanese-style cakes

Eastern promise 

For cakes with a difference, consider Japanese-style desserts. Monograph, which hosts secret multi-course Japanse dinners to immerse diners in the sights and sounds of Tokyo, features a menu with desserts including a selection of Japanese sweets: matcha dorayaki (the Japanese interpretation of the pancake, filled with green tea powder custard), chocolate mochi (a thin layer of glutinous rice enclosing a chocolate ganache) and aka daifuku (a glutinous rice cake filled with anko, a sweet azuki bean paste).

Smoked and toasted

New restaurant Smokestak, set to open in Shoreditch this November, is showcasing food prepared in a wood burning smoker, with the restaurant interior designed to feel like the inside of a smoker, with black carbon stained concrete walls, mild steel panelling and old workshop furnishings; offering a utilitarian feel. But it's not just main courses and meat that can be smoked - for a twist on desserts, be inspired by Smokestak's options, which include pickled blackberry crumble served in cast iron dishes straight from the fire, and toasted oak ice cream, butterscotch and smoked sea salt.

Chocolate indulgence 

With autumn nights soon drawing in, there's every excuse to indulge in rich-flavoured and indulgent desserts. Chocolate caramel fritters and bay leaf pannacotta and apple jelly feature on the menu of new restaurant Caravan Bankside, which debuts at the end of October. For an instant hit of indulgence, check out chocolate pizzas featuring nutella-stuffed crusts.

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