Restaurant Review: Magnolia Dessert Bar & Coffee

A SWEET ADDITION TO VIENNA

By Cat Tong, Staff Writer

Located on the outskirts of Vienna, Magnolia Dessert Bar & Coffee – opened in early Dec. 2001, has become the town’s newest attraction. Rising in popularity among instagrammers and foodies, Magnolia is a trendy place to satisfy your most savory or sweet cravings.

Don’t be fooled by the name, Magnolia “Dessert Bar”, also has its bountiful selection of Thai favorites such as chicken satay, Gai Grob Green Curry, Khao Mok Gai (“chicken” in Thai), and a wide range of rice/noodle dishes. The star of Magnolia’s menu is their honey toast, available in pocky strawberry, nutella lover, honey cream, and green tea. The dessert’s base consists of toasted bread with a crispy exterior but warm and buttery center. It is dripping with an indulgent layer of cream in the flavor of your choice, then garnished with an assortment of toppings from French macarons to fresh fruit, crunchy cookies, and served with a side of ice cream.

The best part about this scrumptious dessert is that it is big enough to share with a group of two to three people. Aside from their famous honey toast, Magnolia also offers a variety of other desserts such as their shaved ice “Bing Bing” with fresh fruit toppings, waffle delights, or the renowned traditional mango sticky rice.

Magnolia’s interior design embodies a rich, opulent and European flair. A retro candy shop-style bar is situated in the store front, with classic golden statement columns. It is an assortment of your typical hipster coffee shop and baroque style, popular in the 17th and 18th century. Magnolia showcases its appreciation for art through its display of several classic pieces of art along their walls including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Girl with A Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, and The Son of Man by René Magritte.

Guests can truly appreciate the highly enthusiastic staff, who strive to make the guests’ experience their number one priority, offering the best service. The waitress recommended the “Matcha ‘Bout You” honey toast and the blue hawaii sparkling drink. Each had their own distinct character, full of flavor and exotic tastes complemented by an eye-catching presentation, as you will find in many of the other dishes they have.

Although the parking lot is small, you’re in for a treat, as Magnolia provides an enchanting ambiance and a spacious room with two stories for dining. An ideal location for afternoon tea lovers, Magnolia Dessert Bar & Coffee is a great location for study dates or dessert seekers.

Photos by Cat Tong