Like the Strawberry Tart, the Lemon Tart at Bottega Falai is a petite number that packs a punch of flavor. It's a bit inconsistent; on a bad day you'll find the lemon notes mild and good but forgettable. But on a great day, it'll be pucker-tart and lemony sweet, the surface lightly bruleed, all tucked into a buttery crust. It's so cute you'd almost want to pick up with whole thing and pop it in your mouth, but fork and knife is the way to go here. To balance with something richer, head for Bottega Falai's house Tiramisu, a small creation of espresso-soaked ladyfingers layered with velvety whipped mascarpone. A top layer of soft chocolate and toasted cocoa nibs sets it apart from your typical tiramisu.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.