“I would take my date here… if I had one” (attempts to curl into a ball and die) - Me commenting on Bay Vista.
It’s no secret I’ve been on the search for a kick-ass dessert place that is open at extended hours of the morning when I get hungry or after I come back from a happenin’ night out (read: studying at the uni library). I think I’ve finally struck gold at at Bay Vista in Brighton Le Sands.
It also seems that I’m delayed with this discovery, as when you first walk in, there’s a queue (which moves relatively quickly) and two floors chockers with people. Initially, Bay Vista reminded me of Max Brenner with the quirky quotes on the walls such as “If there are no pancakes in heaven, I’m not going” and “I want to have a good body but not as much as I want dessert”. However rather than having a “romantic” ambience like Max Brenner (which at times could be awkward, I’ve been there sister!), the place was buzzing and the music was “pumpin’”!
Another thing that stood out was their endless menu of macarons, cakes, waffles, pancakes, crepes, sundaes, icecreams, chocolate fountains, hot/cold chocolates, milkshakes and savoury options - the menu just kept going… which means you’ll always have something new to try!
Some of the menu
My friend Talia went for her default option; the two Belgian waffles (or pancakes with Canadian maple syrup, hot butterscotch sauce or fountain chocolate (9) add strawberries/banana for 3).
What we loved about the waffles was the generous amount of chocolate and the massive size and amount of strawberries. Delicious!
Talia also went for the peanut butter chocolate crush drink. It tasted like “10,000% peanut butter” and like she was “eating spoons of peanut butter”. After about half an hour of Talia struggling to drink the rich drink (and after already eating a rich dessert), the drink looked untouched (Like a virgin! Touched for the very first time! Sing it!) and the meniscus moved about 5mm down.
I went for the above pictured “Africa Wild” which is a toffee peanut icecream, chocolate honeycomb, crushed nuts, whipped cream and caramel sauce (13).
I thought this dessert was the bomb - I loved the subtley of the peanut icecream and the crunch from the nuts. Pretty happy with my choice although I wish I shared it, because there was so much of it!
BFF Tom went for the ‘Bill’s the Boss’ Buenos Aires (17) which included mango, coconut and macadamia icecream, fresh banana and strawberries, real icecream ‘soft serve’, whipped cream, white chocolate sauce and honey roasted macademia.
Now, the two spoons in Tom’s dessert should have been an obvious warning sign that this dessert should be shared by at least 2 people. Hell, four people could probably attempt to eat that dessert and still struggle. However, Tom decided to make a competition out of it and raced us to finish our desserts. To the surprise of everyone in the cafe, he finished it (and didn’t go into a coma / die on the way home!). It was a pretty epic feat given groups of three struggled to finish that same sized dessert.
“If only people found eating copious amounts of icecream attractive… then I wouldn’t be single” - Tom.
Oh yes, we were killing it with the singledom self-deprecation. One thing I forgot to mention was a novel thing we discovered (and thought was pretty cool) at the cafe. Since we sat on the second floor, the cafe has installed a ‘dessert elevator’ which transports the dessert from the kitchen in the ground floor to the second floor and saves people running up and down the stairs all the time. (Yes, I’m secretly working out how I can get it installed at my place, so I don’t have to walk downstairs to get dinner / bring down my laundry etc).
As you’ve probably guessed, I found Bay Vista to be such a fun and lively dessert cafe. Just remember to share your desserts because the portions are deceptively huge (and delicious)! Any dessert induced diabetes is totally worth it.
83 The Grand Pde
Brighton Le Sands 2216 NSW
Ph: (02) 9556 1727