Whenever Sean and I are in the mood for sweets, there is one place that we turn to. We chanced upon it one day after taking an after-dinner stroll, and we are absolutely addicted to it.
Besides the lovely staff who greet you as you come in the door, the inside of the restaurant is impeccably clean (never take that for granted!) and a welcome sight sits at every table - orange blossom and rose syrup. Now I know that desserts with the addition of syrup can end up saccharine-ly sweet, but there's something about the smell and the sweet coating on my tongue that makes me feel all tingly inside.
Something that we always order is the Knefe, served in a seasame seed bun.
Oozing cheese with a layer of semolina stretch and melts with every bite, tempered by the fragrant, crusty bread. If we've had dinner before, Sean and I tend to order this to share - it can get quite rich and if you've eaten just before, you might end up feeling jalak.
The mix plate of Beklawa was lovely in its variety. Each mouthful was an absolute delight, and it's great that the servings are so small - I don't think that I could have handled large amounts of layers of sweet pastry, nuts and syrup.
And for those who like the more western cakes and pastries, there was the Choux a la Creme Chocolat.
It was a chocolate cream puff really. Good, but nothing really special.
And finally, my new favourite thing to order.
The Halawet El Jebn Kashta was just divine. Layers of soft, fluffy, but slightly chewy cheese were covered in syrup and another sort of creamy cheese, and then layered liberally with crushed pistachio. Again, very rich, but refreshing in an odd sort of way. It's served cold, quite unlike the Knefe, and very good for a warm, balmy night.
We ate at:
Shop 4, 354 Church St
1300 90 80 70
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