For many people, dessert is the best part of any meal and if you're taking a gambling trip to some of the world's finest casinos, then the top-notch food and drink is the icing on the cake. Literally.
Most casinos pride themselves on their restaurants and entertainment just as much as their gaming. It's an experience, after all, and this is something that's increasingly important to highlight as mobile casinos become ever more popular. Win or lose, knowing you can eat some of the finest chocolate cake in the world is definitely going to make either outcome a little (or a lot) sweeter.
After you scarf down brain food to stimulate your gambling strategy, here are some of the desserts you can expect to find at the world's greatest casino restaurants. Try not to dribble as you read.
The Bacchanal Buffet – Caesar's Palace
If there's one thing better than an amazing dessert, it's having a selection of amazing desserts you can pick and choose from. Caesar's Palace doesn't do things by half, and the renowned Bacchanal Buffet has won acclaim from critics and diners alike.
With more than 500 mini dishes to select from, it's fair to say that you'll probably never taste every single offering in one sitting, so prioritising is important – which is why you should clearly focus on trying as many of the tempting treats as possible. There are too many to list here, but you'll find everything from cinnamon buns to ice cream sandwiches, cookies and mini soufflés to whoopie pies and macarons. All are exquisitely crafted miniature versions of their traditional counterparts, from nine show kitchens.
Robuchon au Dome – Grand Lisboa, Macau
Having a 43rd-floor restaurant under its very own glass dome is impressive enough (and justifies a visit in itself), but the food created here by chef Joel Robuchon and his team has earned an impressive three Michelin stars.
That means the desserts are, well, not bad to say the least. You can select an individual dessert or mix and match each delectable delight to your heart's content thanks to the dessert trolley. You'll be able to feast on tantalising delights like Le Tendance, super smooth chocolate with crushed oreo and a heady hit of pure cacao sorbet. There's also La Mangue Perroquet, which features fresh mango encased in a white chocolate sphere, served with a fondant of exotic fruits.
Waku Ghin – Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Waku Ghin blends Japanese and European flavours to create some very special dishes – and Chef Tetsuya has the best selection of sake in the world. As impressive as all that is though, it's Patisserie Platine where you'll find the stunning desserts.
The Ghin Cheesecake is an absolute must if you ever visit. It has all the flavours of a cheesecake but is almost lighter than a cloud, melts in the mouth and has a delightful lemon curd centre. It's the most popular dessert at the restaurant too. That's not to say it's the only one worth trying – far from it. The coconut mousse with mango and passion fruit is a brilliant yellow globe that contains the delicate mousse on a soft biscuit base, and in the middle there's a blend of the fruits for a final fresh hit.
While the desserts and restaurants we've mentioned are certainly some of the finest you'll ever sample at any casino, they're not the only places where you'll find truly outstanding desserts worthy of a connoisseur. If you're in Vegas for example, you're going to be pretty spoiled for choice in terms of sweet possibilities.
We can't sign off without mentioning the signature 24-layer chocolate cake you can delve into at Strip House, at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. With its two-dozen layers, this chocolate extravaganza has become something of a Vegas legend, tasting just about as chocolatey as you can get. The steakhouse's other desserts are pretty good too, especially the caramelized banana tart.
Desserts at Le Train Bleu at the Place du Casino in Monaco deserve a mention. In addition to a mouth-watering dessert trolley, the menu features traditional apple pie and ice cream, just in case you might be in need of a hit of comfort food.
As online gaming continues to take over from traditional casinos, there is still an extra layer of fun when you go in real life. Wherever you go on your next casino trip, a good dessert makes it even sweeter.