As we (Swiss) roll towards the Great British Bake Off final, here at Fabric HQ we can’t think about anything else but cake. And who needs to bake, when there’s a mouth-watering selection of patisseries and bakeries right on our doorstep? Here’s our pick of London’s creme de la creme:
Maître Choux When offered a choice between cake or death, always choose cake (so says Eddie Izzard). And cake doesn’t come much better than the hand-crafted, decadent sweet treasures served at the world’s first choux pastry specialist patisserie, Maître Choux in South Kensington…unless it’s the show-stopping eclairs, choux and chouquettes offered at the SECOND branch of Maître Choux, opening on Soho’s Dean Street on 1st November.
With a spacious seating area, Maître Choux Soho will allow Master Pâtissier Joakim Prat, the three Michelin star-experienced chef behind Maître Choux, to offer customers the finest tea and coffee, or thick hot chocolate made from a legendary Basque recipe provided by Joakim’s granny, to accompany their edible works of art. The hazelnut and milk chocolate treasure eclair, finished off with gold dust, is a naughty but nice treat not to be missed.
Belle Époque If you’re after the taste of a traditional French patisserie, then head for Belle Époque. With three locations, including its newest shop on Upper Street in Islington, Belle Époque also supplies Selfridges with some of the best cakes, tarts and croissants in London. We particularly love it for freshly baked pastries such as pain aux chocolat, brioche or croissant aux amandes – a croissant with almond cream and roasted almond flakes. Truly scrumptious.
Lanka For something a little more exotic, Lanka on Goldhurst Terrace in South Hamstead offers homemade French style cakes fused with Asian flavours. Originally from Japan, French cuisine chef Masayuki Hara came to London to work at La Gavroche in the late 1980s. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a delicious green tea eclair or a slice of white chocolate gateau with azuki beans.
Ottolenghi With five locations across London including Motcomb Street in Belgravia and Upper Street in Islington, Ottolenghi offers a tempting range of cakes and desserts alongside savoury deli treats and a full restaurant menu at its Islington site. Cakes change daily but you’re pretty much guaranteed a taste sensation whatever you choose, be it a chocolate-hazelnut brownie, a passion fruit meringue or a cherry cheesecake.
Dominique Ansel Bakery Creator of the cronut®, that croissant-doughnut hybrid which is the most virally talked about dessert item in history, chef Dominique Ansel is dedicated to finding new ways to surprise, delight, and inspire. After launching several successful bakeries in New York and Tokyo, Dominique’s vision for his London bakery in Elizabeth St, Belgravia, is to bring bring a sense of wit, humour, and old-school charm to baked delights. Which is clearly reflected in cakes such as ‘Marcel the Monkey’, a classic religieuse filled with caramelised banana jam and dulce de leche ganache, and ‘After the Rain’, a fragrant jasmine mousse cake. Obvs, the cronut® features on the menu, with one special flavour each month. Don’t miss November’s Quince Crème Brûlée cronut®, filled with homemade quince jam and creamy crème brûlee ganache. Irresistible!