For all who either know me personally or who have read my previous posts will know that I’m an avid fan of matcha flavoured food, especially matcha flavoured desserts (matcha is a lifestyle 👸). This is another post showcasing even more matcha desserts 💓 (perhaps my blog should purely be about matcha flavoured food? Food for thought :P).
Oh and also, it’s Christmas day! Merry Christmas everyone 🎄🎉❤, for all who don’t celebrate Christmas, happy holidays! 🎉 My family and I will be celebrating Christmas with a little something different this year in terms of dessert (I’m sure you can guess what it is already with the name of this post, hehe).
Without further ado, let me introduce you to Kova Patisserie, based in Soho, London. They are a patisserie store famous for their mille crepe cake and matcha flavoured patisserie.
Here’s a close cup of the matcha mille crepe cake:
And a close up of the matcha latte (with a swirl of hearts circling the edge ontop 💚💚💚 how adorable!):
This year for Christmas, I bought their matcha roll cake as our dessert for our Christmas meal:
My fridge was fully stocked up at my parents (super spoilt with food when I’m home 😋). I found some fresh berries and was excited to eat them but they were too sour on its own (winter isn’t the season for berries 🙁) so I thought, why not pair it with the matcha roll; the sour/sweet taste of the berries combined with the sweet/slight bitter matcha taste turned out to be a wonderful combination:
Mmm, matcha ❤
Peyton & Bryne is this lovely, cute little cake shop in Greenwich, London. I’ve walked past it quite a few times now; it’s caught my eye and each time I said I’ll go but never had time to pop in. After walking past it the third time I searched and read up reviews online – all good reviews – and decided to give it a try!
The decoration inside was quite simple and minimalist; bringing focus to the cake display shelves and the creative light designs. Using wood as the featured material for furniture. It gave a modern twist to a shabby chic design.
The atmosphere was great, although super busy on a Saturday. I was lucky to get a shot of an empty table with the lights in the background! I had a ninja moment; having to quickly take a picture sneakily before the next set of customers sat on the tables. It felt surprisingly spacious once you were inside even though the tables were all very close to each other. This caused me to feel close to like I was in a canteen although the decorations did not remind me at all of a canteen.
The cakes on display looked divine. I had a latte and a carrot cake (my fav <3), served on a circular wooden tray; loved the look of this, how great does the plating look in my picture above? However, I was very disappointed in the cake. It tasted nice but it was quite dry and I prefer my cake to be soft and moist.
All in all I would recommend this place for a nice, casual place to catch up with friends over the weekend but do bear in mind how busy it can get. It’ll also be a great place just to chill in the afternoons on a weekday. I wouldn’t recommend going just to try their cake though. I may go again to give another cake a go (they just look so tasty!) but it probably won’t be any time soon since my first bite of that cake didn’t leave such a good impression.
Top Row: Inaya lulo, Chocolate pebble
Bottom Row: Cherry chocolate, Raspberry Rose
Yautcha (London) is famous for it’s Chinese food and dim sum. However, their desserts are not to be missed! All dessert goers are escorted to the dessert bar at the back of the restaurant. The desserts are western styled. They also open till 10pm usually so for all of you with dessert cravings late after dinner, this would be a great option!
I had the Inaya lulo (top right image) which was dark chocolate with a citrus/lime tasting fruit mixed in. Personally, out of the four I liked the Raspberry rose the most! It was a lovely blend of sweet rose with a slight hint of sourness of the raspberry and hearty chocolate.
What: Desserts at Yautcha
Where: Yautcha, 15-17 Broadwick St, London W1F 0DL
Why: late night light desserts craving
Another post on cake! I do love my dessert – a little bit of sweet treat here and there won’t hurt 🙂
So last week, I was introduced to another amazing cake shop. They specialize in french patisserie but with an Asian twist; focusing mainly on french patisserie with green tea infused flavours. However, I have to say I was slightly apprehensive at first (green tea flavoured french dessert, really?) but the foodie in me was more curious than my uncertainty so I took the trip.
From east London I traveled all the way to North West London stopping at Finchley Road. Here lays Lanka, Cake shop and Tea Salon. Owned by a reputable french cuisine Japanese chef who has worked in multiple Michelin star restaurants and run mainly by Japanese hires. The service is great, unbelievably polite servers even though the restaurant was so small (it can only seat a maximum of about 15 people at once from what I remember) and there was a long line forming inside.
Shame I don’t have a picture of the cake display (they all looked delicious) but below is what we had:
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Of course, we chose the green tea flavoured ones 🙂
From left to right: Green Tea Paris Brest, Green Tea Panna Cotta and Green Tea Tart.
We also ordered tea (cake with tea of course!): Green Tea Rose Petal and Royal Delight. I loved the royal delight! Fruity and smells delicious!
And of course, the tea is accompanied by beautifully designed tea cups as well.
The decoration of the shop took the minimalist route with white as the dominant colour used for walls/display shelves and brown for tables. Not sure if it was deliberate but it really enhances the colours of the cakes and makes them stand out against the neutral colours of the shop.
Overall, great experience and delicious cakes I’d definitely recommend this place 🙂
Ever wandered around Soho, London after dinner and really craved something sweet? Something a bit more substantial than say froyo (frozen yogurt)? You have your hummingbird bakery and Lola’s cupcakes who closes at 6pm. Sure there are the mainstream coffee shops like your Costa, Nero and Starbucks (opened till late in central London) but they do not do cake justice, in my opinion. There are better cake shops like Patisserie Valerie and Laduree, both famous for it’s french patisserie, but if you’ve lived in London long enough they soon start to bore you as well. Then there are your quirky oriental dessert shops; ever so exciting, but also ever so crowded.
So where do you go for something in between? I highly recommend the newly opened dessert shop: Cutter and Squidge. Situated in the heart of Soho, London, easily accessible after a nice meal, just a 10 minute walk from either Piccadilly or Leicester square station. You have time to take a short stroll to digest. They’re most well-known for their biskies but for me, I’m most drawn to their delicious looking, big slices of dream cake. They’re sold in big, fat slices, true to taste rich flavours and layers of super moist cake. I was sold when I tasted their green tea cake but if you fancy something richer in taste, the salted caramel chocolate cake is absolutely divine!
Buddy it up with a nice aromatic pomegranate and peach white tea and it’s the perfect combination. They also come in the cutest looking tea pots and decent sized tea cups!
The decoration is also super cute. Not over the top cute but charmingly appropriate for both genders.
I shall be back for more soon!