If you’re looking to treat yourself or your latest boo to a stunning Afternoon Tea experience then look no further than Cakes and Bubbles by the ‘World’s Best Pastry Chef’, Albert Adrià at Hotel Café Royal, Regent Street. We popped-in to see what all the fuss is about…
CAKES AND BUBBLES BY ALBERT ADRIA
What’s better than a desserts only venue? A desserts only venue with champagne! Located at Hotel Café Royal, this is Albert Adrià’s first permanent location outside his native Spain and it’s where you can find his renowned signature “Cheese Cake”, which is now exclusively sold here. Cakes and Bubbles offer a parade of exceptional desserts and pastries alongside a wide selection of Champagne and sparkling wines, as well as a brand new lunch menu comprising a savoury offering by Adrià.
NEW SAVOURY LUNCH MENU
The new lunch menu introduces a selection of light savoury dishes to Cakes and Bubbles including Adrià’s famous “TICKETS Tomato Tartare”. We tried out the “Thin Pizza Crispy Bread” which comprises of crispy parmesan pizza base, tomato powder and oregano with the finest Iberico ham thrown on top. This really is a cheesy delight which didn’t last more than 30 seconds on the plate once served! Also, the “King Crab Salad” is to die for and is served with a separate plate of fresh salad leaves for you to create a healthy sandwich-like alternative to bread.
The desserts are surprisingly light - meaning it’s easy to sample a few on your visit. Fruity options such as mango rendered into the shape of a flower are enjoyable, but it’s the more indulgent desserts where Adria’s technical brilliance shines. We were also pleasantly surprised by the prices too, which although not exactly cheap, are a bargain for the area. Standouts include an edible ‘cork’ branded with Cakes & Bubbles name, which is served on a bottle of Champagne that has been cut in half and plated with gold. The bite resembles a miniature swiss roll and features a hollowed-out, coffee-flecked sponge filled with frozen chocolate ice cream. Elsewhere, a gold-embossed egg flan (sitting in a golden eggcup of course) is elevated to another realm entirely by the sticky pool of caramel sauce hidden at its bottom.
THE MAIN EVENT: SIGNATURE CHEESE CAKE
We’d recommend finishing off with Adria’s famous signature; “The Cheese Cake”. This half-sweet, half-savoury dessert is presented as a miniature wheel of cheese, tied up in a branded ribbon. Using real cheese (coulommiers, to be exact) the cake is wrapped in a shell of hazelnut and white chocolate, resulting in an intense, creamy finish. This is a twist on cheesecake and one you need to try!
Cakes and Bubbles is at Hotel Café Royal, 70 Regent Street, London, W1B 4DY. Book your table via firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7406 3310.