Rose Water Dessert Bar – The Overview…
Food: Strawberries and cream waffles, sticky date pudding
The first thing I thought when visiting Rosewater is “we need this near our house”. It’s one of those places that you just want in your suburb. It’s something a little bit different, it’s a lot of fun and most importantly for a suburban venue – it’s affordable.
It’s surprisingly warm and cosy inside, despite the large windows and polished concrete floor. It’s a spacious venue, being roughly the size of a brunch cafe and there are numerous tables for large groups. The beautiful pink mural adds a nice touch to one wall without overwhelming the more minimal finish of the rest of the venue. The roof is dotted with Higher Ground style potted plants which give the dessert bar another nice interesting lift. It’s a teenagers haven and I can imagine this being a popular after school spot (Melbourne kids these days set their standards a little higher than Cold Rock), but it’s also grown up enough to suit families and couples too with a good range of options on the menu.
There’s obvious popular options like crepes and waffles, alongside some more mature options like Eton Mess, Creme brûlée and sticky date pudding (which we tried) . We also decided to try the strawberries and cream waffles. (The dessert board for two sounds amazing but sadly we were just too full to squeeze it in today).
The waffles come out looking like an insta dream. Grab your photos quick though, as that carefully crafted ice cream mountain doesn’t last long. They taste exactly like those strawberry and cream lollies you used to get (these things, in case you’re wondering what I’m talking about [NOT a referral link]). It’s one of the best desserts of its kind that I’ve tried. The strawberry ice cream is really sweet, the waffles are airy and light and there’s the perfect amount of fresh strawberries to add a slight sharpness to counteract the creaminess. The sweet fairy floss on top – as well as making it look amazing, further helps to balance out the dish.
The sticky date pudding doesn’t quite look as wow but it’s still beautifully plated. It was so moist it just fell apart. The butterscotch sauce added a little sweetness without being too sweet. The simple vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit were great additions to help lighten this rich dessert. We were so pleased to see that Rosewater had far far more to offer than just beautiful Instagram photos!
Address: 5 Pascoe Street, Pascoe Vale
|Tue||5pm – 11pm|
|Wed||5pm – 11pm|
|Thu||5pm – 11pm|
|Fri||5pm – 11pm|
|Sat||5pm – 11pm|
|Sun||5pm – 11pm|
Parking: You can conveniently park in the car park just next to Rose Water, and there were plenty of spaces when we visited. Alternatively, if it is a little busy, there’s street parking nearby too.
Getting here on PT: It’s a little tricky on PT. The 513 bus runs past the door though, which can be caught from Glenroy Station. The closest station is probably Oak Park, which is about 2km away.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Rose Water Dessert Bar, Pascoe Vale. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.