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Treat to Try: Cocoa Towel Roll at Wali Dessert

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Cocoa Towel Roll at Wali DessertPhotos by Lauren Sega.
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Wali Dessert set up shop on Bethel Road this spring. Debuting a few weeks ago, it turned the shell of a longstanding jewelry store into a sleek, thoroughly modern spot to score some sweets. The eatery actually smells like something sugary and delicious when you walk in the door. The ambient aroma isn’t quite like cookies or cakes, but all the same, it’s unidentifiably and unmistakably sweet.

Wali Dessert’s menu covers a lot of territory in two languages (luckily, one is English). You can score trendy rolled ice creams, bubble teas and a variety of other creations. On prominent display in glass shelves are confections from the “Limited” section of the menu: crepes and towel rolls. The cocoa towel roll is too pretty to pass up, in spite of its unusual name. The roll is dusted with cocoa and built on a wafer thin foundation of something similar to a tender crepe. It serves as more of a delineating boundary than as a flavor component. The flavor of the dessert itself comes from the filling: a mild whipped hybrid that tastes like a mixture of cream cheese and whipped cream. The filling is only vaguely sweet, with pops of intensity from the confection’s additional crumbles of Oreo cookies.


The dessert stop is built for lingering. Solo guests can camp out with laptops and continue the carb-loading by exploring other parts of the menu. There is a section of beverages called “Cheese Milk Cover.” The clerk explained that the cheese was similar to cream cheese, which is a longstanding staple in dessert recipes, generally speaking. The aforementioned rolled ice cream comes in five flavors: strawberry, matcha, oreo, mango, and banana.

You can find Wali at 1440 Bethel Rd. It’s open every day from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, it stays open until 11 p.m.

For more information, visit walidessert.com.

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