Aaron here, Sarah’s husband and cake stand number cruncher, with a breaking news dessert report. For Sarah's birthday, we visited Sweets Raku, a new, ALL DESSERT restaurant located here in Las Vegas. Yes, you read that right. All they serve is dessert! Dessert appetizer, dessert dinner, and dessert dessert. Here in Vegas, we have more than our fair share of glitz, glamour, and self-promotion. However, the newest and most delightful dessert place is void of all of that. Sweets Raku does not do a lot of publicity. There is no sign out front of their location and they do not have a website. Who doesn’t have a website these days? People that make awesome desserts, that’s who! This all-desserts restaurant mixes a Japanese sensibility with French cooking techniques. For $19, you get three splendid dessert courses from an edible menu that tickles and tantalizes your tastes buds. Yes, the menu is literally edible. This amuse bouche is made of wafer that you dip in a delicious raspberry coulis sauce. Now, Sarah and I went in fully expecting to be stuffed like a thanksgiving turkey by a dessert bonanza that would require the loosening of belts and pants buttons alike. Instead, we were embraced by a series of airy and complex desserts that made us feel like floating out the door. The delightful flavor combinations, light textures, and clever presentations were so splendid that, I dare say, I feel smarter just for having consumed them. Our first course was a seasonal pumpkin pudding with green tea sauce and homemade whipped cream. If it was proper to lick the bowl in public, I would have done it. For our main course, I had the "Ronga," an apple strudel with honey ice cream and a blown sugar apple filled with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Sarah chose the "Apollo," a chocolate mousse cake layered with raspberry framboise and topped with earl grey ice cream. For dessert, I was served a petite chocolate molten cake with passion fruit and raspberry marshmallows and raisins. Just look at that sinful chocolate sauce oozing out. Sarah had a parmesan cheesecake with oranges that was both savory and sweet. Overall, our desserts were delicious without being too sweet which we both enjoyed tremendously. Talk about a meal to remember! If you find yourself in Vegas looking for something beyond the neon of the strip, then I highly recommend Sweets Raku (5040 West Spring Mountain Road #3, Las Vegas, Nevada 89146, (702) 290-7181).
The best place to sit is at the bar so you can see the desserts being expertly crafted right in front of you. It's like a dessert show! Oh, and don’t forget to take a trip to the bathroom. Seriously, the toilet is not to be missed.