Mitsuo Endo, the revolutionary chef behind highly acclaimed Raku, has a new trick up his sleeve—dessert restaurant Sweets Raku. On August 6, along with award-winning Japanese dessert artist Mio Ogasawara, Endo will open a restaurant unlike any other in town—and possibly the country—in the same nondescript strip mall that houses his flagship.
The menu will consist solely of desserts to be served in courses and paired with a variety of dessert-y
drinks, including Rieslings, dessert wines and ports. Endo intends Sweets to be a spot either to start the evening or wind down after dinner, but with only 18 seats it could be a pretty tough ticket.
What else sets Sweets Raku apart? There’s the restroom, with the coolest sink ever, one of those newfangled electronic toilets and streaming Vegas tunes, but really it’s the desserts, which will be assembled to order in front of diners. It will be interesting to see that in real time, given Endo’s track record of innovation.
Here’s a little peek into what Sweets might offer on any given night. We’ve only seen pictures so far, so you’ll have to head over to taste them for yourself.
Japanese roll cake Sponge cake wrapped around banana custard and topped with dollops of strawberry and raspberry mousse and ornate white chocolate carvings. Served with a warm strawberry sauce.
House-made sherbet Flavors will rotate seasonally, beginning with mango.
Cheese plate You’re unlikely to find a more artistic version in town. The flowers are actually extruded blue cheese, and the other decorations are feta. Sweets’ chefs hope to make their own cheeses, just as Raku does its hallmark tofu. Like the sherbets, cheeses will change seasonally.
Melted chocolate cake Expect to see this Raku favorite make an appearance at Sweets, except that this version will be accompanied by guimauve—house-made marshmallows. Raspberry and passion fruit are the current selections, but look for those to change, too.
Sweets Raku 5040 W. Spring Mountain Road #3, 290-7181. Monday-Saturday, 3-11 p.m. Opens August 6.