I don’t eat sweets often, but I have to admit that one of my guilty pleasures is flourless chocolate cake. I love going to a restaurant and finding out that they have flourless chocolate cake on the dessert menu. After all, as a Celiac, it is rare to be able to eat dessert out at a restaurant. But if I’m going to splurge on dessert, I want it to be a good one. There are definitely good flourless chocolate cakes and bad ones. I can’t tell you how many I’ve had that are super dry or heavy or way too dense and rich. Since I like to think of myself as a flourless chocolate cake “expert” :-), I’ve compiled a list of my favorites in the Los Angeles area.
But, please keep the following in mind when ordering:
Remind the server and chef that you have Celiac or are gluten intolerant and that you CANNOT have any gluten.
Just because it is flourless does not mean it is free of gluten. DOUBLE CHECK!
So here it is… the best of the best! Enjoy!
Le Petit Four (8654 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood, http://www.lepetitfour.net/) Yummy! This was the first flourless chocolate cake that I fell in love with! It’s not heavy like most of them are and it’s so moist and tasty. They also serve excellent food. I LOVE the salads. They are really good about checking ingredients, talking to the chef and modifying dishes, too.
Clafoutis (8630 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood) I was planning on going to Le Petit Four for lunch with a friend, but we got there before they opened. So, we went a couple doors down to Clafoutis. I was very excited when I saw they had flourless chocolate cake. I ordered it, not thinking it could be as good as Le Petit Four’s. I was pleasantly surprised! It’s lighter, but oh so good! Again, they also have really good food for lunch and dinner.
Soleil (1386 Westwood Blvd in Westwood, http://www.soleilwestwood.com/) Someone had told me about how good the flourless chocolate cake is here and they were right! My husband and I went here for dinner before a movie (the food is excellent, by the way!) We were running short on time since we had to get to the movie but, I was determined to try that flourless chocolate cake! The server packed it up in a little box and we took it with us. What a treat at the movie theater to sink my fork into a very delectable dessert. It’s light, but not too rich – one of my new favorites!
A flourless chocolate cake lover? Add your favorite in the comments section!