Saturday, March 19, 2016

London's first dessert restaurant at the Cafe Royal


While typing away at work, a colleague showed me an interesting article in the local metro newspaper. That article featured mouthwatering pictures from dessert tasting menus based on an Alice in Wonderland theme created by executive pastry chef Sarah Barber, at the Cafe Royal on Regent street. I really love my desserts, so this was a no brainer really. I spent that night trying to get a weekend booking, and as chance would have it, they had a 7pm slot at London's first dessert restaurant on the 13th of March. Happy times. 





So, without further ado, let's go through some of that nights pictures. We selected 2 tasting menu's, the Sarah in wonderland 5 course ( 2 savoury ) with wine pairing featuring selections such as;

Milky Way : Goat's cheese, wild honey and beetroot snow paired with a glass of Prosecco di Valdobbaidene. Goats cheese and wild honey is a match made in heaven for me. 

Goats cheese heaven : Milky way


Chicken Foie: with quince and brioche paired with a Coteaux du Layon, St Aubin, Domaine des Forges, Loire, 2013.

Tasty Chicken foie



Queen of hearts : a champagne, raspberries and roses creation paired with a De Nit Rose. The combination of flavours on this dish , sweet and tangy,  made it one of my favourites of the night.

Queen of hearts


Mad hatter : Cherry fest with BFG! kirsch and cherries paired with a delightful Sake, Akashi-Tai Shirome  Ginjo umeshu . If you love cherries, it doesn't get better than this. The chocolate ball had a soft mousse and cherry filled centre washed down with sips of the intensely cherry flavoured Kirsh. 

Cherry and Chocolate magic : Mad Hatter




Eat me, Drink Me: snickers and chocolate malt shake combination paired with a Chateau Roumieu, Sauternes, 2012. Top marks for texture and taste. I totally enjoyed this dessert.




While the 4 courses Pick n Mix menu allows guest to make their selection of four dishes , with savouries such as the 

Burrata : Tomato structure with Olive oil pearls. This dish transported me to the Mediterranean. Fresh and earthy comes to mind. 


Salmon Tart with silky avocado.


And sweet picks such as the Eat me, drink me and Queen of hearts. We didn't order the Jaffa cake, however  management heard how much I was really looking forward to trying out this strikingly presented dessert, so they kindly treated me to some.

Jaffa cake : with Grue, mandarin, confit paired with a Henriques y Henriques Madeira.  Everyone in the restaurant seem to spend quite a while taking pictures before eating this dessert. Looks aside, this dessert was one of my favourites. Actually, it's hard to pick a dessert if am honest. They were all that good. 

Jaffa Cake





The 4 and 5 courses selection with one matching wine pairing came up to about £109. It was well worth it though. If you're ever in the mood to splurge out on someone who loves dessert, this is definitely the place for you. They also have a £26, 3 courses menu with selections such as the Milky Way, Rhubarb and Custard , Jaffa cake or Burrata, Chicken foie and Eat me, drink me that comes really highly recommended. To complete the experience you really need to pick the wine pairing without a doubt. Trust me, you will thank me for it :). 

There goes my time at the restaurant. Our waiteress was delightful and the Manager, Bart, just like Bart from the Simpsons as he so carefully reminded me was superb as well. Compliments to the chef. 

Where to next I hear you say? Well next destination is Barcelona in a few days. I'm really looking forward to this trip, so if you have any restaurant I need to check out in mind, let me know. 

                                             Thanks for reading and see ye soon.





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