Ever had an “STP?”
Now get your minds out of the gutter. I’m not asking about the sexually transmitted stuff .... I’m referring to a “Sticky Toffee Pudding” — a delicious chewy, gooey-sweet cake topped with a creamy sauce?
Made with chopped dates, brown sugar, unsalted butter, eggs, plain flour, baking powder/baking soda, and topped with a sauce consisting of even more sugar, more butter, golden syrup (or corn syrup), and heavy cream, it’s often pure decadence.
When we saw it on the menu at Moxie’s Grill & Bar — a new “upscale” sports bar opened by a Canadian-based restaurant group with some 67 eateries in North America, including this one at 900 S. Miami Avenue (Mary Brickell Village), in Miami, Florida — we thought we’d give it a whirl.
The menu described the dessert as “served warm with candied pecans, buttery caramel sauce, bourbon creme anglaise & vanilla bean ice cream” ($9), and that sounded enticing enough to us.
Well, let’s just say that Moxie needs to immediately head to the nearest doctor to get this deadly “STP” treated, forthwith, before it causes serious injury or harm to another living creature.
Because we found the cake bready-dry, the sauce lackluster, and the ice cream imparted a cloying artificiality (which left an extremely unpleasant, lingering aftertaste), this FINAL course of our disastrous meal earned yet another scornful “F.”