Eating & Drinking

101 TASTES ISSUE: Spotlight on #42 — La Belle Verte’s raw raspberry cream chocolate tart

Ethereal, whimsical, daring, and just plain delicious — Ottawa Magazine’s summer ’101 Tastes’ issue provides the ultimate must-try list for local gourmands. Try all 101. Available on newsstands throughout June, July, and August, or order online.

Check out previously posted picks here: #19 (Dick’s triple-dipped chocolate milkshake); #21 (Beyond the Pale Pink Fuzz); #22 (tuna from Supply and Demand); #29 (Nutty Greek baklava cheesecake); #43 (rhubarb tart from Three Tarts); #80 (Kimicha’s Masala Chai and Michaelsdolce peach cardamom jam); and #89 (Taboo from Absinthe Cafe).

Photography by Christian Lalonde / Photolux Studio

#42. La Belle Verte’s raw Raspberry cream chocolate tart  On a crust of raw nuts and seeds, with layers of vegan raspberry “cream” and a raw mousse made of cacao nibs, sweetened with agave nectar and date juice. This is a fabulous dessert? Yup. Shockingly good, given no butter, no cream, no Callebaut. Smooth, rich, and layered, with a terrific textural balance, it has an adult whisper of sweetness. A terrific indulgence after a live-forever raw quiche lunch at La Belle Verte. $6.50. La Belle Verte, 166, rue Eddy, Gatineau (Hull sector), 819-778-6363. ~ Anne DesBrisay