Friday, 14 September 2012

Baker and Spice

I'd heard good things of Baker and Spice, so when my mother and I happened to pass by the Belgravia branch recently, we decided to stop for coffee and cake and try it out.

There was a tantalising array of pastries and other sweet treats on display, as well as some appealing savoury options. While tempted by the very comprehensive breakfast menu*, we decided - after much consideration - to split a slice of blueberry cheesecake and a square of apple tart.

The blueberry cheesecake was a bit too rich; the texture overly moist and creamy for my liking. I prefer a baked cheesecake to have a bit more bite, to be slightly crumbly, even. However, the flavour was good and an abundance of plump, juicy blueberries meant that it was still pretty tasty!

The apple tart was as good as it looked. Tasty caramelised apples achieved a perfect sweet-tart balance, and the crisp pastry base was deliciously flaky. The only thing missing was a big dollop of whipped cream...

The coffees were also very good (to be fair - where aren't they good, in London these days?), with an impressive depth of flavour, and just the right amount of smooth, creamy foam on my cappuccino.

The location of this branch was lovely. With tables spilling outside onto the quiet, pretty street, it was a great spot for soaking up the sunshine and watching the world go by.

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