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Sweet Dreams at Sabor Dessert Bar

For those who love the sweeter things in life, there’s no better place to go than a dessert bar focused solely on creating a range of more than 50 delicious desserts.

What was once a distant and audacious dream for Fernando and Renata Antao turned into reality in 2011 when they moved to the Hunter Valley and opened the first Sabor Dessert Bar in Lovedale in August of that year.

Fernando whose parents originated from Portugal and Renata who was born in Brazil but moved to Australia at a very young age spent many years visiting the Hunter Valley and dreamed of opening a dessert bar in the area.

After two years of searching for the right location, the couple eventually purchased the old Monahan Estate property in Lovedale. They lovingly renovated the tasting room to become a stylish dessert bar from where they sold a range of individually crafted desserts paired with local wines. This includes the famous and much awarded Sabor Portuguese Chocolate Mousse, which comes from an old Antao family recipe that Fernando’s grandmother started making over 75 years ago. It is still made using the same method and ingredients.

Over the years the range of desserts grew to what it is today, a mouth-watering selection of over 50 different desserts, that include decadent cakes, pastries, hand-made chocolates, Portuguese tarts and gourmet ice-cream – each one created individually as nothing is served by the slice.

“Our inspiration for the desserts comes from many places, whether it be my Portuguese background or Renata's Brazilian heritage or from our yearly trips to Bali where we find both inspiration there and the desire to try new combinations of shapes and flavours,” said Fernando.

The popularity and demand for their desserts soon resulted in Renata and Fernando having to open a larger dessert bar at the beautiful Lambloch Estate on Broke Road in Pokolbin – a 20-acre property adjoining the historic Lake’s Folly.

With a delicious range of desserts (including gluten-free) on the menu and local wines, dessert wines, ports and liqueurs to perfectly match the flavours of your dessert, not to mention great barista-made coffee and a selection of teas – this is a haven for those people wanting to experience a completely new level of culinary delight in desserts in a relaxed environment with sensational views.

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