Up and down the Las Vegas strip, pastry chefs work diligently to not get lost as an afterthought in the city's crowded dining scene. Though the sweet stuff is often overlooked, dessert is extremely impressive in Las Vegas and should not be skipped. These are a few of the decadent desserts of Las Vegas that should be sought out and enjoyed. You may have to skip dinner just to fit a few of these in.
If there is a single dessert in Las Vegas that is the definition of decadence it can be found at Sugar Factory American Brasserie. This monstrosity of sweetness is composed of 24 scoops of ice cream that are doused with hot fudge, caramel, strawberry sauce, bananas, toasted marshmallows, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chip cookies, crushed waffle cones, gummy bears, white chocolate strawberry shavings and toasted walnuts with whipped cream and giant lollipops. Yes, the lollipops are added in just in case that sugar factor was not high enough. No one person can battle this dish alone, so you’ll have to gather up a few people to even have a chance at polishing it off.
After the savory oyster foie gras, the pork chashu salad and the delicate Wagyu comes the showstopper at Morimoto Las Vegas. The flames immediately make your table the center of attention as the spiced rum begins to slightly smoke and the dark chocolate begins to melt. The oozing begins and marshmallow and caramel Grenache soon combine to create a mash-up of a sweet, salty and slightly savory dessert that consolidates into a decadent mound of chocolatey happiness. Your after-dinner drink might be sake, however, consider the Devil’s Advocate that combines Yuzo pomegranate and a spicy habanero to turn your tequila into a post-dinner digestif.
You see you’ll have to use supreme discipline to visit the Bake Shop at the Grand Canal Shoppes. The options are endless and if there were ever a spot where dessert takes precedence over dinner, it's here. The cannoli are filled with a sweet crème and sprinkled with just enough powdered sugar. The cheesecake selections vary both in size and in flavors and toppings. You can choose from fresh fruit over the top of your savory cheesecake or an added helping of a sugary surprise. The takeaway counter allows you to extend your decadent dessert treats when you get back to your Las Vegas hotel room.
Zuma at the Cosmopolitan Resort Las Vegas will tempt you to skip a few items on their massive menu of Japanese treats just to indulge in their decadent dessert platter. It is meant for sharing and the choices range from chawan mushi and flourless chocolate cake to sorbets and ice creams to fresh fruits and a banana cake that is creamy and soft. Add in some coconut ice cream and peanut toffee sauce on the cake and your senses will be on overload. You’ll wash this down with an Espresso Martini that is the perfect combination of coffee and chocolate and of course alcohol.
Not many people head to an Irish bar for a decadent dessert but that does not mean you should not seek out some sweet with your suds. At RiRa Las Vegas, the Knickerbocker Glory should help out your dietary needs. Instead of a pint glass filled with beer, you’ll get a tall dessert glass piled high with layers of ice cream, strawberries, pineapple, pecans, raspberry sauce, chocolate sauce and a wafer cookie. There is a chocolate decadence cake on the menu that could easily fulfill a craving, but the Trinity is a combination of Bailey’s Chocolate Mouse, Jamesson whipped cream and Guinness chocolate sauce, so if you need alcohol combined with your sweets that is your choice.