Ever thought it would be better if we all ate pudding before our starter and main course? Us too. London’s first-ever dessert restaurant – the Café at Café Royal’s – launched last year. And it continues to hold a very special place in our hearts.
By day, The Café serves breakfast, light lunches, afternoon tea and drinks. And by night, it serves delicious sweet things, and plenty of ’em.
Executive Pastry Chef Sarah Barber creates a variety of extra-special tasting menus, each a little bit magical and big bit super-tasty! Sarah’s a wizard when it comes to puddings – she’s been a star in the pâtisserie world for 18 years. After all, she has worked at places like The Connaught, The Ritz and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.
Her playfulness, creativity and downright artistry are plain to see (and, more importantly, taste) in her innovative three-course Childhood Memories menus. Namely think modern, deconstructed and imaginative versions of classics like rhubarb and custard and jaffa cakes. Each menu begins with a savoury morsel to set you up for the sugar rush ahead. Imagine goodies like goat’s cheese, honey and beetroot snow. As well as chicken foie with quince served on brioche to name but two.
The pièce de résistance is Sarah in Wonderland. Unsurprisingly, this is a five-course menu filled with Alice in Wonderland-inspired desserts like Eat Me, Drink Me (a Snickers malt shake) and Queen of Hearts (raspberries, champagne, roses, eternal swooning). And like all the tasting menus, this can be ordered with wine pairings for every course. Just in case you fancy another layer of decadence.
As well as the tempting tasting extravaganzas, The Café’s pâtisserie also sells a wide-range of irresistible cakes and gateaux.
We dare you not to try and sneak away with a doggy bag of sweets to enjoy from this magical place.
The Café at Café Royal, Regent Street, London
The Café is open daily from 8am to 11pm; the dessert restaurant kicks off every evening.
What you need to know:
Book a table online for a guaranteed dose of sweetness! For one thing, because spaces are limited. Also, it’ll give you something to look forward to.