What could be dreamier than a desserts only venue, especially when the desserts are creations by the World’s Best Pastry chef Albert Adria! Located at Hotel Café Royal, this is the chef’s first permanent location outside his native Spain and it is where you can find his renowned signature ‘Cheese cake,’ which is now exclusively sold here. I do think in London we are very blessed to have such amazing places to eat!
True to the concept behind the name of the venue, our experience started with a chilled glass of champagne whilst we decided on what to try, which was a very difficult decision as everything, and I mean everything, sounds so good! An excuse to come back I believe!
As my first choice, I opted for an Egg Flan from the Neoclassical Style section of the menu, which came served in the most beautiful way, with a gold exterior in a gold egg cup and inside the egg once you turned it around was the most delicious zesty filling, which was light and airy.
Next to arrive was the best pancake I have ever had and probably ever will have, and that is the truth. I can’t even put into words aptly how amazing this Crispy ‘air-pancake’ filled with yoghurt foam and Maple syrup butter with a side of blueberry compote was. It is so deeply satisfying and I had to stop myself from being greedy and ordering another! This is definitely a MUST order when visiting.
From the Sweet Bites section of the menu, we tried the frozen coconut and chocolate flower, which was sublime and one to eat quickly! The flavours were just right without being too sweet. The Sweet Bites section is perfect if you want something light but satisfying.
One of my favourite presentations of the desserts was the Cakes & Bubbles Chocolate Cork, also from the Sweet Bites section, served on a Veuve Clicquot tray that I so desperately wanted to steal! It was just so delicious and perfect for chocolate lovers.
Taking us back to our childhood was a Stroopwaffle sandwich ice cream with a strawberry filling and dried strawberries as a garnish. It was so divine, and brought back so much nostalgia.
As for the main event, THE legendary Cheese Cake made with coulommiers cheese, hazelnut and white chocolate, it was everything and more and worth a detour for as it was just insanely good. The Cheese cake is made to look like real cheese and it is something I could eat every single day.
Cakes & Bubbles exceeded my expectations and for a desserts only venue, the concept works and the desserts are exceptional, not too overpoweringly sweet, and all pair perfectly with champagne, of which there is an incredible choice whether you like brut, rose etc. If you do fancy something non-alcoholic they do have options.
Its location is perfect, just off Regent Street, so a great place to retreat to after a days shopping, or perfect for a date night or a catch up with family or friends. The service is slick and attentive without being intrusive. I know I will be back super soon to try many more of the delectable pastries and re-order the crispy air pancake!
It’s now also been featured on MasterChef UK!
You can find Cakes & Bubbles at 70 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 4DY