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Our Favorite Desserts Of The Week

A running list of the best desserts we ate this week.

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Updated April 19th, 2021

By now you may have read our running list of The Best Things We Ate This Week. And while we’ve shared some pretty incredible desserts on there - like the carrot cake from Friends and Family, or the ube pastries from Excelsior Coffee - we decided that these sweet treats deserve their very own guide. Now, onto the desserts.

THE DESSERTS

Julia Chen

Prubechu

$$$$
$$$$ 2224 Mission St # A

Bunelos Aga

"After an absolutely delicious meal of Prubechu's perfectly-fried ko'ko wings and tender hamachi collar, I thought I was 'too full' for dessert. I was wrong. It didn’t take much convincing before the bunelos aga were on their way to our table - and these banana donuts did not disappoint. The fluffy, steamy, cloud-like desserts were dusted with powdered sugar and came with a side of ridiculously smooth roasted banana whipped cream. And they disappeared from the table in about a minute flat."

- Julia Chen, SF Staff Writer

Julia Chen

Bake Sum

$$$$ 1615 University Ave

Thai Tea Mango Croissant

“Picking my favorite pastry from the assorted box I got from this Berkeley bakery would be like asking my parents to pick a favorite child. Which is to say, it sounds like a harsh ask, but is entirely possible. The star of my Bake Sum box was the Thai tea mango croissant (and my parent's favorite child is my brother). The flaky, buttery croissant was filled with sweet mango jam and Thai tea cream, and topped with almond frangipane - and it was incredible. The box also came with chewy mochi bites, a Vietnamese coffee milk bun, an okonomiyaki danish, an almond cake, and more tasty things. You honestly can’t go wrong with anything Bake Sum puts in their weekly-changing boxes, but if you see the croissant included, order one immediately.”

- JC

Matcha Café Maiko

$$$$ 1581 Webster St

Boba sundae

“There are few combinations of words that get me going as much as ‘matcha soft serve boba sundae.’ I can’t explain it. But what I can do is tell you to drop everything and run to Matcha Cafe Maiko right now. They make the glorious concoction with their unbelievably creamy matcha soft serve, a drizzle of their house kuromitsu syrup, and of course, a scoop of boba. I dream about this dessert. Often. So if you’re looking for a certified way to make your day better by at least 85%, stop by their Chinatown or Japantown location and get one for yourself.”

- JC

Lani Conway

Viridian

$$$$ 2216 Broadway

Any of the cookies

“This Oakland cocktail bar pays tribute to Hong Kong cinema with its stunning neon lights and sculptures. Their cocktails, snacks, and desserts are works of art, too. In the pandemic era, they pivoted to an online marketplace, which offers takeout items like batched cocktails for one or two people and frozen buns you steam at home. Focus on the cookie offerings, which frequently change. On my recent visit, I got the sesame brittle peanut butter cookies which tasted like an airier, creamier version of a Nutter Butter. They’ve changed the menu up since then, and are currently offering a one-year anniversary six-piece macaron set, with flavors like almond and milk tea, that looks just as good.”

- Lani Conway, Senior Editor

Julia Chen

Keki SF

$$$$

Matcha Basque cheesecake

“Basque cheesecakes are having a huge moment in the Bay Area right now - and Keki SF is making a fantastic version. The cheesecake-focused pop-up is run by Tim Wong and based out of Daly City (you can pick up there, in SF, or at Oakland’s Magnolia Mini Mart). I recently got my hands on Wong’s matcha basque cheesecake, a rich, creamy work of art that was the perfect balance of sweet and green tea flavors. I can’t wait to try the other cakes, like black sesame or kumquat, which I’m sure will be just as excellent. You can place an order via DM, or keep an eye out for pick up days and times on Magnolia Mini Mart’s Instagram.”

- JC

Julia Chen

Fava

$$$$ 2114 Vine St

Tahini chocolate chip cookie

“I had an excellent lentil bowl from Fava, a small vegetable-centric lunch spot in Berkeley - but we’re here to talk about desserts. And the tahini chocolate chip cookie from Fava was something special. First of all, it was massive - roughly the size of my face, or a child’s bowling ball. Plus, it was perfectly crispy on the edges, soft on the inside, and made with huge chunks of chocolate. Basically, it’s my ideal cookie. You also have the option of getting your cookie dough raw to bake at home and eat warm, which I’ll definitely do next time.”

- JC

Julia Chen

B. Patisserie

$$$$ 2821 California St.

Kouign amann

“If San Francisco had a Dance Moms-esque pyramid of the best desserts, the kouign amann from B. Patisserie would be Maddie - the sugary, flaky pastries literally never disappoint. I recently got their Lunar New Year box, which came with pandan, black sesame, and plain kouign amanns, and they were all incredible. I’m already counting down the days until next year’s LNY specials, but until then, I’ll probably be back weekly for their regular and seasonal kouign amann.”

- JC

Lani Conway

Tipunan

$$$$ 1326 E 18th St

Turon

“Tipunan in East Oakland makes Filipino comfort food, like lumpia shanghai, nilaga, kare kare, spaghetti with hot dog slices, and breakfast all day (lots of tapsilog here). Everything is great, but what I loved most about my recent takeout order was the turon. It’s a Filipino snack and dessert made with a slice of saba (a kind of banana), which is then rolled in a lumpia wrapper, fried, dusted with sugar, and served warm. Tipunan’s version includes jackfruit, which adds to the natural sweetness of this treat. You only get one turon in an order, so do yourself a favor and get two or three.”

- LC

Julia Chen

True Laurel

$$$$
Bar Food  in  Mission
$$$$ 753 Alabama St

Sweet cream panna cotta with pomegranates

“I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that I think about the sweet cream panna cotta from True Laurel at least three times a day. It was truly the best dessert I’ve had in the past year (and I’ve had many). The panna cotta was rich, unbelievably creamy, and dotted with juicy pomegranate seeds - every single bite was perfection, and tasted even better between sips of True Laurel’s Grandma’s To Blame cocktail.”

- JC

Lani Conway

Noe Valley Bakery

$$$$
$$$$ 4073 24th St

Assorted mini cupcakes

Noe Valley Bakery is a one-stop shop for all great things that come out of the oven - delicious breads, cakes, tarts, and breakfast pastries (I live for the airy croissant tiles). They also make mini cupcakes that are as enjoyable to look at as they are to eat, like red velvet, vanilla, funfetti topped with celebratory sprinkles, and the star of my recent sugary midweek pick-me-up train - the carrot cake cupcake with ultra-light cream cheese frosting.”

- LC

Lani Conway

Patisserie Rotha

$$$$ 1051 San Pablo Ave

Kouign amann, bostock, far breton, croissant, or anything that looks good to you

“There’s always a line at Patisserie Rotha - and for good reason. The French bakery in Albany is only open for several hours, four days a week, and churns out some of the most incredible sweet treats and baked goods in the East Bay, including a superb croissant. When you step inside the shop, a line up of small cakes, caneles, meringues, and other powdered sugar-dusted goodies will greet you, and you’ll want to get them all - the attention to detail that goes into everything here is what sends this patisserie to its own level.”

- LC

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