After seeing Ms. Verde's post earlier this week, and being in the neighborhood, I popped into Heaven Sent Bakery this morning.
Trendy, sleek interior. The coffee was good, the wave patterned Villory-Boch china in which it was served, even better. I have to admit I was rather taken aback at the prices for the desserts, especially given that the gentrification of North Park has only recently begun. Most dessert items were in the $9-12 range for a single serving, though some items did appear to be suitable for sharing.
So, not feeling like spending $20+ for dessert my friend and I opted for 2 cookies and a scone. The scone was very good, moist with a nice, delicate hint of lemon. The sea salted oatmeal macaroon was at least 6" in diameter. It was also, unfortunately, really, really salty. Salt is a wonderful flavor enhancer, too much and it's, well, it's just plain too salty and the cookie fell into the just plain salty category. The sugar crusted gingersnap, on the other hand, was perfect. The outer edges were buttery and crisp while the center remained chewy and the flavor of the cookie was outstanding. 2 coffees, the scone and 2 cookies set us back $12.
We picked up the dessert menu and here are some of their offerings:
Tres Leches Cake
Golden Sunset Butter Cake - yellow butter cake with rapsberry marmalade and apricot French-style buttercream
Spiced Chai Truffle Cake
Almond Gran Marier Truffle Cake
Almond Poppyseed Pound Cake with Grapefruit Curd
Hawaiian Luau Cake - spiced rum cake with grilled pineapple marmalade and toasted coconut pudding iced in a torched meringue
Green Teaser - chocolate fudge cake with green tea infused creme brulee and French-style buttercream and toatsted black sesame seeds
There were also an assortment of small cookies, muffins, cupcakes as well as the usual array of coffee drinks, teas and Italian sodas.
A lot of thought, care, effort, time and money has gone into renovating this space, and they've done a very good job with it. I just hope they haven't priced themselves out of their market.