It’s a well-known fact that French desserts are some of the best in the world. One of the most beloved sweets the French developed is creme brûlée. The creamy custard topped with burnt sugar is both decadent and satisfying. Here is a list of the best creme brûlées in town, all of which feature interesting and tasty twists on the traditional dessert.
BlackSalt
4883 MacArthur Blvd. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-9101
www.blacksaltrestaurant.com

BlackSalt’s pastry chef Susan Wallace is well known for her crème brûlée trio. The dish features three different kinds of creme brûlée: butterscotch,white chocolate-raspberry, and milk chocolate-hazelnut. The butterscotch gets its flavor from caramelized sugar, while the white chocolate one is made with fresh vanilla bean and Belgian white chocolate. The milk chocolate hazelnut creme brûlée contains hazelnut praline paste and Belgian milk chocolate. All three are topped with sugar and then caramelized with a torch. Each has its own special garnish: butterscotch brittle, white chocolate spiral decoration, and chocolate covered caramelized hazelnuts. All of them are so delicious you will have a hard time picking a favorite! The trio is sold for $11.00. Three creme brûlées for the price of one!

Bombay Club 
815 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 659-3727
bombayclubdc.com

Voted one of the “Top 10 Restaurants In The DC Region”, Bombay Club presents diners with the finest in Indian cuisine. For an Indian twist on the classic creme brûlée, try Bombay Club’s mango creme brûlée. Mango is the national fruit of Indian, and is it is heavily used in Indian desserts. The dish is sweet and creamy, the perfect ending to a spicy meal. Enjoy it for $9.00.

Magnolia’s On King 
703 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-9090
www.magnoliasonking.com

This charming Southern restaurant happens to have one of the best creme brûlées in town. Their pistachio creme brûlées is luscious and delicious, with a smooth texture and nutty flavor. It comes topped with caramelized sugar and a dollop of coconut whipped cream. No matter what you eat for dinner, you will have to save room for this treat! Sample it for $8.00.

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Ardeo Bardeo 
3311 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-6550
ardeobardeo.com

The creme brûlées at Ardeo Bardeo is a pumpkin creme brûlée which means it is infused with warm, sweet flavor of pumpkin. The creme brûlée comes topped with crunchy homemade ginger cookies and fragrant cinnamon whipped cream. This is one dessert you are not going to want to share! You can purchase it for $9.00.

Ristorante Tosca
1112 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 367-1990
www.toscadc.com

For a creme brûlée with a kick, head to Ristorante Tosca downtown. Their creme brûlée takes the idea of “coffee and dessert” to a new level by infusing the creme brûlée with espresso. The result is a wonderful concoction, where sweet and bitter are in perfect harmony. The dish comes topped with fluffy cinnamon whipped cream, and is served with a chocolate almond biscotti that adds a little bit of crunch to the dish. Try it at Ristorante Tosca for $11.00.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.