Tomatoes: technically a fruit and definitely sweet but still not generally considered dessert material. However, that’s changing as forward-thinking pastry chefs seek to redefine the summery produce. Here are six restaurants for sweet tomato desserts that will make you wonder why you haven’t always been enjoying them as an endpoint to your meals.
Nopa Kitchen + Bar, Washington, D.C.
Tomatoes and peaches live together in harmony in this pretty tart dappled with fresh mint. An orb of buttermilk ice cream and honey roasted pine nuts add more summery flavors. As if that wasn’t enough, the restaurant also offers a vanilla bean cheesecake gussied up with tomato-strawberry compote and basil gel. Make a reservation at Nopa Kitchen + Bar.
db bistro moderne, New York, New York
You say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to. Executive pastry chef Tyler Verbiak says tomato-strawberry verrine. The terrarium-treat is filled out with lemon verbena panna cotta, pine nut sablé, and basil sorbet. Make a reservation db bistro moderne.
Iron Gate, Washington, D.C.
Pastry chef Paola Valez’s desserts always display a deep creativity. Case in point is her milk chocolate and rum budino. The pretty pudding is topped off with figgy tomato jam, salty buckwheat crumb, and fresh figs. Make a reservation at Iron Gate.
Trust, San Diego, California
Sweet meets savory with a dash of herbaceousness. Slivers of strawberry-tomato tart are complemented by olive oil ice cream. Whipped mascarpone cream, black pepper, and thyme finish out this picture perfect confection. Make a reservation at Trust.
Gramercy Tavern, New York, New York
A crunchy, crumbly layer of almond streusel hides a sweet surprise. Tomatoes and peaches lurk beneath the topping. A generous orb of lemon verbena ice cream adds a tangy touch. Make a reservation at Gramercy Tavern.
Geronimo Aperitivo Bar and Restaurant, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
You can’t say no to this fetching dessert. The unconventional finale features the flavors of tomatoes, basil, and goat curds. Don’t doubt – try it out. Make a reservation at Geronimo Aperitivo Bar and Restaurant.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.