Hotel Cafe Royal
Cakes and Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal is the brainchild of Albert Adria who was voted The World’s Best Pastry Chef by The World’s 50 best restaurants. He has worked with his brother, Ferran, at the legendary Michelin star elBulli and Adria runs Barcelona’s hottest restaurant, Tickets.
In 2016 Adria had a successful pop up at Hotel Cafe Royal and has now returned permanently. This marks his first establishment outside his native Spain and is certainly one to shout about. Cakes and Bubbles allows customers to indulge without feeling too guilty – the cakes contain less added sugar than usual, and no colorants, frostings or glitter.
Cakes and Bubbles
Be prepared to be wowed by the stunning desserts and the finely curated list of Champagnes and sparkling wines. We started with a light Spanish Llopart Cava whilst perusing the menu.
From the Sweet Bites section we had the Frozen coconut and chocolate flower (£8) and the Crispy dark chocolate éclair with peanuts praline (£8). The eclair was so light and the coconut and chocolate flowers were absolutely fantastic with the perfect level of coconut coming through.
Next up we sampled the Mango rose with frozen raspberry and mint (£14). This was a stunning palette cleanser in between courses.
The Egg Flan (£5) was one of our favourite dishes and not what I expected at all. With dark caramel and passion fruit, this was a true winner.
The lightest carrot cake (£7) was made from fried carrot meringue, steamed sponge carrot cake with peanuts and frosting ice cream with cinnamon and ginger. As the name suggests, the cake was light and the frosting ice cream was amazing.
Last but certainly not least is the Cheese Cake for the Adventurous (£12). Adria has invented a new concept of the cheesecake, with coulommiers cheese, hazelnut and white chocolate. This dessert was something else! It was definitely more cheese like than cake but the white chocolate and hazlenut rind and the accompanying biscuits made it sweeter.
Cakes and Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal is an absolutely stunning venue. Clearly so much thought and precision has gone into the menu. The staff (especially Federica) were absolutely amazing and very knowledgeable but not overbearing in the slightest. The cakes were absolutely exquisite and the accompanying champagne obviously went down a treat.
East London Girl: Cakes and Bubbles
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