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Monday, October 19, 2009

DeLise Dessert Café Brings New Life to Bay Street

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM

click to enlarge Eloise and Dennis Leung: A sweet couple. - T. PALMER
  • T. Palmer
  • Eloise and Dennis Leung: A sweet couple.
DeLise Dessert Café (327 Bay at Powell), which opened Oct. 16., is a new venture from Dennis and Eloise Leung, pastry chefs for the shuttered Bong Su.

"They let us create whatever we wanted," Dennis Leung told SFoodie of the couple's former employer. "It was a really great place to work." But the Leungs have a lot to celebrate these days. Besides opening their

first café, they're also expecting their first

child next month.

click to enlarge Chocolate and blueberry muffins, tomato scones, and banana coffee cake. - T. PALMER
  • T. Palmer
  • Chocolate and blueberry muffins, tomato scones, and banana coffee cake.
At DeLise, expect an array of small, artful bites. Most offerings are sweet, but we did sample a lovely tomato scone. We adored a sugar-coated blueberry muffin that was just bursting with juice, and similarly rationed a couple of miniature pecan-chunked banana coffee cakes. A chocolate chip cookie captured that elusive combo of soft and chewy. Four Barrel coffee drinks are also on offer.

The selection of frozen desserts usually includes a mix of regular, sugar-free, and vegan options. On opening day, we delighted in vegan coconut-kaffir lime sorbet, peach frozen yogurt, and -- the true star among stars -- pesto ice cream, deep green in color and studded with whole pine nuts (pic after the jump).

click to enlarge Yep, you read that right. - T. PALMER
  • T. Palmer
  • Yep, you read that right.

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