Asado Seafood and Grill, housed in the Hilton by the San Antonio International Airport, is reinventing the idea of dessert with their new and experimental menu. The head chef, has grown tired of the cheesecakes and chocolate cakes that, while delicious, -plague dessert menus all over the country. He came up with a variety of different desserts he calls “Desserts After Dark.” These desserts, such as a PB&J Eclair or a decadent Pecan Tart, are unique riffs on classic dishes. In addition, the bar has come up with a couple of dessert martinis, including the Chocolate Strawberry Velvet Martini and the Peppermint Martini.
This new menu contains five different desserts that are all unique in their own way, and they are only available for a limited time. The first is the Milk Chocolate Passion Fruit “Bombe” and it comes with a white chocolate hazelnut gelato as well as a Shokabella dark chocolate cappuccino. The tart and sour from the passion fruit in the bombe offers a nice contrast to the milk chocolate and gives you a wide variety of flavor in one bite
The Rebecca Creek Bourbon Pecan Tart, is a sure-fire hit. The tart is rich and buttery, with tones of bourbon and brown sugar. The dessert is topped with candied pecans and praline ice cream.
The Mango and Passion Fruit Pave is paired with a vanilla bean genoise, mango “crisps” and a passion fruit sorbetto. This is one of the lighter desserts on the menu. The passion fruit is nice and tart and is layered with a light cake that satisfies your sweet tooth without leaving you feeling as though you over-indulged.
The Amaretto Panna Cotta is the most beautiful of the desserts on the menu. The panna cotta, which by it self is a deliciously simple dessert, is topped with a mini hazelnut ice cream bar and an amaretto caramel.
The final dessert on the menu, and my favorite by far, is the PB&J Eclair. It consists of a peanut butter and chocolate mousse stuffed inside a delicious, airy eclair. Served with a sun-dried strawberry gelato, and topped with peanut butter brittle, both PB&J fans and dessert lovers alike need to try this dish.
Each dessert on the menu is priced at $9 and will be on the menu until the end of February. In March the chef is coming out with another menu, this time featuring doughnuts and focusing on rustic dessert styles. I can’t wait to see what he has in store.