A taste of Pirlo’s Dessert Lounge

Pirlo's Dessert Lounge launch Pirlo's Dessert Lounge sharing cakes waffles

Pudding, dessert, sweet. Whatever you call it, I love a sweet ending to a meal. In the past few months my lactose intolerance has been causing me a lot of discomfort, culminating in a weekend recently where I was particularly unwell. So I have switched back to a dairy free diet and have been feeling much better for it. So when I was invited to the launch for Pirlo’s Dessert Lounge my heart sank as I thought there would be nothing for me to enjoy aside from a sorry scoop of sorbet.

Thankfully this wasn’t the case. Pirlo’s Dessert Lounge has a menu of treats ranging from gelato through to cakes and waffles with plenty of gluten free, nut free, dairy free, and vegan options. These are all helpfully labelled on the menu so I could find them easily.

Pirlo’s Dessert Lounge is quite plush for a dessert bar. There are copper details, and lots of glossy wood in the interior. The display of cakes, and gelato looked really tempting with lots of choice. Though there was more magic to appear from the kitchens with waffles, crepes, and cookie dough to order. If you have a sweet tooth then this is the place to visit to pass an hour or two.

In my new dairy free diet I do find desserts and sweet treats particularly difficult to get when eating out. But there were five options for vegans on the menu so I was pleasantly surprised.

Pirlo's Dessert Lounge vegan raspberry chia seed verrine walnut tart

I got to sample the Raspberry and Chia Seed Verrine, which was superb with a lovely balance of sweetness, creaminess, and sharpness. I really enjoyed this dessert, and didn’t feel that I was deprived despite having a vegan option. I also tried the Walnut Treacle Tart, which had a really lovely texture and wasn’t too sweet. This is one to enjoy with a tea or coffee I think.

The other vegan options are a beetroot and chocolate cake, the New York style lemon cheesecake, and sorbet. I didn’t get to taste any of these as the chef hadn’t prepared samples of the entire menu for the party. Though I was pleased that the imagination of the chef did take us beyond sorbet and fruit salad as the dairy free dessert options.

You can visit Pirlo’s Dessert Lounge behind Moor Street Car Park on 6 Coventry Street, B5 5NY. As it’s open late it’s perfect for any time you have a craving for a sugar fix.

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  • Chloé Lisa Wright

    I love dessert! And this place looks fantastic and all of the desserts look so scrummy! Thanks for the suggestion, I may have to pop into Pirlo’s next time I’m in Birmingham!

    Chloe

  • Oh my good gosh! This looks absolutely incredible. My friend used to take these magical tablets from Holland & Barrett every time she wanted to eat dairy. She’s been lactose intolerant for a while now but if she wants a Ben & Jerry’s binge or a pizza, she just pops these herbal things. Definitely worth looking into so you can go back and try all the dairy food there!