To be just a little disappointed with this pudding menu?

(92 Posts)
dilanddan Fri 10-May-13 20:54:48

I have a bit of a "thing" about having a look at the menu of a place we're off to eat at before we go.... Now I absolutely LLLUURRRVVVEE pudding, so that's the first place I'll look!!

So AIBU to think this pudding menu is a little boring or am I just uncultured??


Lemon meringue bavarois, raspberry sorbet

Poached pear, dark chocolate sauce, ginger ice cream

Rhubarb crème brûlée, apple sorbet, rhubarb compote

Selection of homemade ice creams & sorbets in a brandy snap basket

Cheese Plates: A selection of four British & French cheeses with traditional accompaniments

I mean WHERE'S THE CHOCCY CAKE?????!!!!!

Fairylea Fri 10-May-13 20:56:05

I wouldn't like this either. I like chocolate cake or hot puddings !

Hummuschocolate Fri 10-May-13 20:56:52

YANBU, there needs to be chocolate and needs to not be accompanied by pear

I love brandy snaps!

Nope. That's not working for me either.

MerylStrop Fri 10-May-13 20:57:36

god no all that sounds divine
perhaps you better go to Pizza Hut instead? Big slab of chocolate fudge cake.

youmeatsix Fri 10-May-13 20:57:42

i dont like pudding and never have one but even i can see what a snooze fest that lot is,

LaGuardia Fri 10-May-13 20:57:45

Or a hot choc pudding!

MrsBertMacklin Fri 10-May-13 20:58:02

Strange that they don't have a chocolate option. Is it the type of place that might do something off menu for you if you ask in advance?

nenevomito Fri 10-May-13 20:58:11

Why ruin good chocolate with fruit?

out of that lot I'd probably go for the lemon meringue, but I'd be wishing it was chocolate!

Cherrypi Fri 10-May-13 20:58:34

Had an amazing chocolate truffle cake at Ikea this week. 95p!

deleted203 Fri 10-May-13 20:58:42

It sounds posh to me!

I'm used to places that do apple pie, jam roly poly and treacle sponge.

(I don't actually know what a flaming bavarois is, TBH)

CloudsAndTrees Fri 10-May-13 20:58:47

YANBU to be disappointed with the menu. YABU to use the word CHOCCY when you are addressing grown ups.

MorrisZapp Fri 10-May-13 20:58:49

Needs a carbohydrate component.

orangeandemons Fri 10-May-13 20:59:25

I always judge a place by it's pounds. I wouldn't even entertain going in there, no stodgy carbs, so not worth it imo.

Choc cake/cheesecake/ tortes/toffee puddings are proper pads. Not shitty sorbets

Sounds boring to me...

HollyBerryBush Fri 10-May-13 21:00:01

How bizarre.



dilanddan Fri 10-May-13 21:00:22

I think I'll have to order the pear and lick the chocolate off...
Failing that, WIBU to order a couple of nicer puddings off the kids menu (they have jelly and ice cream AND choc fudge brownies etc) and just use my l.g as an excuse!!!!????!!!!

AThingInYourLife Fri 10-May-13 21:00:28

Hummus has it.

Fucking poached fruit?

Fuck off, where's my unadulterated chocolate?

I'd go for the lemon meringue thing.

Or maybe just sorbet, since I'd only want the meringue for the sorbet.

Fucking whipped egg!

I like it.

I'd prefer the creme brulee without the rhubarb though.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Fri 10-May-13 21:03:22

i hate any flavoured crème brûlée - some things don't need tinkering with
and the rest sound a bit meh

i think a decent pudding menu needs at least one seriously chocolatey dish, and at least one nursery pudding with custard.

There ought to be something that is mainly chocolate, and/or something that is mainly apple (pie/crumble/sponge for preference) - rhubarb isn't even a fruit. And ginger is vile. And cheese & biscuits is a snacky meal, not a pudding.

littlepeas Fri 10-May-13 21:06:19

I'd be very happy with the creme brulee personally. I do agree that they should have something chocolatey though.

hokeycakey Fri 10-May-13 21:06:51

I would sulk and not order anything off that.... Load of shite!

no cheesecake, I would just stay at home

cookielove Fri 10-May-13 21:08:09

I'd go for the lemon meringue thing but nothing else sounds appealing.

I would need to see a chocolate cake to, the brownie sounds nice assuming it has no nuts in it though hmm

I went to a restaurant that had no dessert menu shock the waitress came over and told us what they had, which is a terrible idea as we completely forgot what she had said and didn't want to look like idiots and ask again so we got nothing, which in itself is a fucking crime!!

Pigsmummy Fri 10-May-13 21:09:43

I would happily eat all that right now

tiggytape Fri 10-May-13 21:10:10

YANBU - too much fruit and not enough stodge variety

Naoko Fri 10-May-13 21:11:54

Sounds pretty tasty to me, but DP'd hate it, he doesn't do fruit. The best dessert menus are the ones that have both stodgy no-fruit options (chocolate cake, syrup sponge, etc) and something like you posted above because then we're both happy!

SofaCanary Fri 10-May-13 21:12:11

It all sounds a bit too foodie, not nearly filthy enough for a pud lover. YANBU.

Not even a Tiramisu!

snoworneahva Fri 10-May-13 21:21:04

I think it sounds fine. Creme brûlée with rhubarb is a classic, light & luxurious. Pear is a bit out of season but ginger ice cream is fab and the combo with chocolate sauce will work beautifully. Love lemon puds, dh always has a cheese board.

Chocolate dominated puds are often too heavy after a starter and a main, can leave you feeling like you ate just too much food. I like chocolate brownies/fomdants with a mid morning coffee/brunch thing or afternoon tea.

motherinferior Fri 10-May-13 21:21:32

Creme brûlée needs to be plain. With a thick sugar crust. There should be one seriously chocolatey and one intensely lemony option. Possibly interesting fruit for the weirdos who don't like pudding. Also cheese.

SybilRamkin Fri 10-May-13 21:31:47

Cake. There must be cake, or pie, or at the very least cheesecake. Otherwise it cannot be classed as a dessert menu and must henceforth be known as 'pointless sugary snack menu'. This should be the law.

orangeandemons Fri 10-May-13 21:36:10

I could live off puddings. They are so much nicer than other food

<gloomily contemplates paunch>

Fleecyslippers Fri 10-May-13 21:38:18

Are you actually in a restaurant right now ? Transcribing the menu onto MN ? shock

I'd be more concerned about your company rather than the pudding menu wink

Mintyy Fri 10-May-13 21:38:28

I can honestly and truly say I never eat pudding in a restaurant grin.

I only eat pudding or cake if someone else has cooked it for me (to be polite).

chickensaladagain Fri 10-May-13 21:39:39

Sorbet in a brandy snap basket?

Have you gone back in time to the 70s?

hermioneweasley Fri 10-May-13 21:42:10

Agree, there needs to be something more decadent, whether chocolate, sticky toffee pud or even a nice tarte au citron (for example)

Don't get me started on weddings where they do men's and women's desserts and the men get things like sticky toffee and women get melon or summer fruits pudding. Fuck right off.

I think it sounds yummy! But I generally can only manage a light pudding after I've eaten dinner out pigged out on a massively fattening starter and main

forevergreek Fri 10-May-13 21:44:15

Sounds good. After a large meal I wouldn't want anything heavy

idiot55 Fri 10-May-13 21:46:22

i dont like chocolate, but wheres the sponge pudding?

StuffezLaYoni Fri 10-May-13 21:46:45

Rubbish selection. In fact, I'd only go for the cheese board out of all of them and given the rest of the options, I'd bet it's not a very adventurous cheese board!

MoreBeta Fri 10-May-13 21:47:20

Now this is a subject that I routinely get on my hih horse about.

Desert menus in restaurants have deteriorated to a shocking level since the financial crisis. The reason is that restaurants save often try to money by sacking the pastry chef and just buying in or constructing simple deserts that they wack a huge markup on but dont have to employ staff to actually make.

It really is a con job. I hate it and I eat out a fair bit and I really think charging £15 - 20 for a main course and then drizzzling a bit of fruit over ice cream or doing a creme brulee or just chopping up a few bits of fruit and some supermarket bought cheese and calling that a desert is NOT ON!

Pudding is just as important to me as a main course. It is the delight at the end. The problem is most chefs just like doing main courses and can't be fagged to think about desert.

joanofarchitrave Fri 10-May-13 21:48:47

Mens and womens puddings?? weird.

Sounds pretty good, but a pudding without fruit is a waste of time to me

Why not think Italian? have starter, main course and then go to a gelateria for pud.

ariadneoliver Fri 10-May-13 21:51:01

YABU. There's a cheese board, what more could anyone want for dessert?


DearPrudence Fri 10-May-13 21:54:01

I'm not a pudding fan, but I don't think this is up to much. It's all a bit... fruity isn't it? And I don't like ice cream.

I'll have the cheese please.

Helpyourself Fri 10-May-13 21:59:13

All too sharp. Where's the sweet/creamy stodge?

DearPrudence Fri 10-May-13 22:02:04

No sign of any pastry or cake - have they run out of flour or something?

SoftSheen Fri 10-May-13 22:06:07

Sounds pretty fantastic to me- I don't often order puds but would be seriously tempted by the chocolate pear or the rhubarb brûlée.


Still18atheart Fri 10-May-13 22:14:56

YANBU I think there's too much ice creamy stuff and I don't like rhubarb . And I don't like cheese as a pudding


YABU as I hate warm puddings or chocolate cake after a big heavy meal. I just feel yucky afterrwards

Still18atheart Fri 10-May-13 22:16:16

And what is bavarois?????

I'm not a pudding person, but that is BORING!!!

Yes, definitely needs some decadent chocolate cake, and a lemon tart to cleanse the palate afterwards grin

That looks lovely to me. I wouldn't be able to decide!

I want to know more about this men's and women's pudding thing though. That sounds almightily naff

raisah Fri 10-May-13 22:26:51

Apple pie / crumble with custard or any hot pudding with custard. Chocolate cake of course........I am hungry now!

detoxlatte Fri 10-May-13 22:26:54

Interesting selection.

Actually, boring selection but interesting in that none of those options would need to be made fresh to order, and all could easily keep for two or three days...which perhaps a cake couldn't (at least not to be of restaurant quality).

Quite telling, actually. Unless you're in London, I hope they're not charging more than a fiver a pop.

Xmasbaby11 Fri 10-May-13 22:27:13

I'd order the creme brûlée. Yum! I never order the chocolate option, probably because I eat chocolate the rest of the time!

Scholes34 Fri 10-May-13 22:31:02

Love poached pears. Love creme brulee (prefer it to be called Burnt Cream). Chocolate cake is always over-rated and usually a disappointment.

tigerdriverII Fri 10-May-13 22:32:31

Pudding - meh. Sooo last season. But a decent filthy smelly cheeseboard. Now you're talking. If you want choccy, call into the petrol station on the way home and buy a mars bar.

comelywenchlywoo Fri 10-May-13 22:32:49

I'll have your pear then please! YABU. I've seen dessert menus waaaaay worse than that one!

olivertheoctopus Fri 10-May-13 22:43:59

I'd go for the pear or the rhubarb and would have no complaints!!

dilanddan Sat 11-May-13 05:54:49

Hehe, no I wasn't there MNing away, it's where we're going in a few weeks.

Was a tad on the grumpy side as I'll be unable to have any of the starters and only 1 of the main options as I'm a vegetarian (cue groans!) and VERY allergic to fish. So I was hoping the puddings would make up for it! Hey ho!

Thank you for all the replies, I'm very much considering passing your wise word onto the fancy pants, pudding hating head chef! ;)

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Sat 11-May-13 06:02:27

Poached pear and choccie sauce is divine though - you always forget how divine until you're eating it, and then it all comes rushing back. Throw in some ginger ice-cream and you're onto a proper winner.

Go for that.

TheSloppelganger Sat 11-May-13 06:59:55

I would not be tempted by anything off that list, so they'd be losing a sale if they were feeding me.

I don't like sorbet and I don't particularly like most fruit, and there is massive overkill on both.

There definitely needs to be something pie, tart or cake-like on that list for the stodge-lovers - just one thing that doesn't have fruit or bloody icky sorbet flopped all over it. What happened to cream or custard (or creme anglais if you want to be fancy?)

Give me a plain but beautifully done creme brulee any day and I'll be happier than a pig in mud. It is a gorgeous dessert as it is, and doesn't need fruity fuckers meddling with it and sticking sloppy horrible rhubarb in it.

I'd anonymously send the restaurant a link to this thread, let them know how much their pud-menu disappoints some MNers - see if you can't get cake on the menu before your visit wink

UptheChimney Sat 11-May-13 07:03:33


Perhaps you'd be better off in something like a Nandos.

JaponicaTroggs Sat 11-May-13 07:47:22

I would not be happy with that, I love a nice pudding menu and that doesn't do it for me. Only a couple of weeks until I get to go to The Cheesecake Factory again. Now they now how to do dessert!

Ashoething Sat 11-May-13 09:00:03

Why are you going to a restaurant where you cant eat any of the starters and don't like any of the puddings? Go somewhere else! I don't liker any of those puddings either-too much fruit crap.

orangeandemons Sat 11-May-13 09:00:58

Phone them and ask them if they do any better ones. Often they have daily specials that won't be on the menus. If they say no, then tell them they need to up their game to proper puddings

Weener Sat 11-May-13 09:35:11

I think it's a bit unusual that there isn't a bog old cake option, but I quite fancy most of those apart from the poached pear thing. I don't get poached pears.

Weener Sat 11-May-13 09:35:39

bog old cake? big old cake!! grin

Googlella Sat 11-May-13 09:41:17

YANBU. There needs to be pure chocolate something. All choices lovely but not what I would want. I would just have a coffee and come home for a big bar of Dairy Milk.

ENormaSnob Sat 11-May-13 09:50:26


That's shit.

I would probably cry if presented with that.

middleagedspread Sat 11-May-13 10:32:35

please can somebody tell me about men's & women's puddings at a wedding I'm fascinated?
Do they have gender drinks? I'm thinking 'a small sweet sherry for the laydees'.

KobayashiMaru Sat 11-May-13 10:43:20

go somewhere else. and what does it matter if you are allergic to fish if you are a vegetarian? hmm

Sounds delicious, but I agree that if I happened to be in a CAKE! NOW! mood I'd be disappointed. Maybe they have specials?

ben5 Sat 11-May-13 10:53:26

normal crème brulee would be my pick and brandy snaps.

I like cheese and biscuits but that would come later with coffee!!!

I would be happy with this however as this means I would be going out for the evening and wouldn't have to cook!!

I went to a pub once and they didn't have custard to serve with crumble shockshockshock Sod off with your ice cream or cream, I want custard angry

Cherrypi Sat 11-May-13 13:27:54

Nandos have a terrible pudding selection. Pudding is the best bit.

QueenStromba Sat 11-May-13 14:05:06

That's actually their March menu - there'll likely be a different menu by the time you go.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 11-May-13 14:14:45

Send them a copy of this thread!

Sounds great to me, I always have the cheese.

phantomnamechanger Sat 11-May-13 14:22:19

we are off out to our favourite pub for roast sunday lunch tomorrow - and there are always gorgeous pudds too

usually a choice of

something moussey (layered triple choc or lemon)
2 crumbles
2 hot pudds eg treacle sponge, sticky toffee, jam roly poly or spotted dick <no sniggering at the back, thank you>
there will be humungous slices of cheescake of which the white choc & baileys one is practically orgasmic
there will be hot choc fudge cake with cream and ice cream
and a few cold pudds like pavlova and banoffee pie

I can't wait!

NorbertDentressangle Sat 11-May-13 14:27:23

Rhubarb in one dish and ginger in the other instantly puts me off two of the dishes .

I would have to go for the lemon meringue but would prefer something along the lines of a posh chocolate brownie, served with espresso ice cream.

LaFataTurchina Sat 11-May-13 14:33:46

I think it sounds brilliant! Much better than the usual 'choice' of tiramisu, chocolate fudge cake, cheese cake.

For everyone who was wondering a Bavarois is like a thicker/solider more creamy and delicious version of mousse.

Actually, where is this restaurant? Please say London/South East so I can go there.

Iamsparklyknickers Sat 11-May-13 14:37:49

I wouldn't fancy much off that list - It's all very fruit based and philistine that I am, I'm not a big fan of cooked fruits.

Is it the kind of place that will have a daily/weekly specials board? The best puddings are usually on there.

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Sat 11-May-13 14:40:09

Maybe they have a cake trolley too.

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Sat 11-May-13 14:41:47

I would have had the pear and been perfectly happy but it is oddly cakeless.

TheRealFellatio Sat 11-May-13 14:41:54

I love that pud menu. I almost never order chocolate puds and if anything contains lemons, pears, rhubarb or ginger I'm there like a shot. I'd happily order all any of those.

TheRealFellatio Sat 11-May-13 14:43:49

But I agree if I ran a restaurant (which I do, in my head, all the time) I would include something chocolately, even if I didn't fancy it myself. I think the person who has picked those has focused too much on what they like. Which owuld be fine for me, but obviously not for you. grin

I'd pass on that lot, but I don't mind giving puddings a miss. However if the list is good I will have one, so they would be missing out on some of my money.

There is too much fruit, and although I like pears I don't like them enough to want to pay £5 for one, especially not with ginger ice cream which sounds vile. Presumably you could substitute vanilla ice cream though.

Give me a good cheesecake, summer pudding, lemon meringue or apple pie if you are doing fruit. Add to that a syrup pudding and custard for DH, a hot chocolate pud of some kind unadulterated by alcohol, ginger, coffee or fruit, some plain ice creams and sorbets, cheeseboard, job done.

Viviennemary Sat 11-May-13 14:48:30

No it's a bit boring I must say. No sticky toffee pudding, profiteroles or even chocolate cake. But maybe they are finding people don't want a heavy pudding.

QueenStromba Sat 11-May-13 16:17:24

It's in worcester LaFataTurchina - I found it just by googling the first dessert.

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