9 March 2011
I'm not sure how I first heard about David Chang or his Momofuku restaurant group. Since 2004 though, Chang has been building a fine and creative restaurant empire across Manhattan, creating a stir worldwide and publishing a book - a brilliantly no-nonsense book, as it happens. A visit to one of the restaurants was always likely this trip and, when you're travelling with a renowned sugar addict, the restaurant most likely to get visited was always going to be Milk Bar.
As the name suggests, savoury items are probably not going to play a major part on this menu. They're not completely absent, and the Pork Buns were every bit as rich, punchily flavoured and addictive as I'd been led to believe, but the main event here is cake, ice cream, cookies and other guilty pleasures.
Ice creams come as soft whipped swirls of eccentric flavours (with sides of sugary cereals and nuts), cakes come as calorie-packed slabs of sweetness(pictured is the candy bar pie: chocolate crust, caramel, peanut butter nougat, pretzels,) cookies are moist and pliable, drinks are either thick and dairy based or alcoholic with amusing names...
And it's all stupidly delicious. You might not be able to look yourself in the eye the morning after - The Cakewalk of Shame, perhaps? - but for those intense, fleeting moments of sugar rushy pleasures, the guilt is a small price to pay. Here's hoping the Atherton dessert bar presses similar buttons when it finally opens next month.