I have eaten so many desserts recently, it’s getting to a point where I’m finding it difficult to differentiate between each one. I spend forever trying to compare it to the last batch/brand of desserts I tasted trying to figure out where it’s worthy of a strong recommendation or whether you should save your money for better places. Please note: this post may contain affiliated links. If you click on them, you will in no way be charged extra, but it does help contribute towards the running of this website.
In all this drama of trying to figure out whether a place is amazing or not, I had completely forgotten the fundamentals of reviewing food. Trusting my gut. I had forgotten that my instinct would tell me straight away if something I had eaten was amazing or not. I had forgotten if something was truly mind blowing, I wouldn’t need to sit there wondering what score to give it or whether it was better than the meal I had a few months ago.
L’ETO Caffe, with it’s multiple locations in London and Dubai, is quite well known for its different cakes. Every once in a while, you stumble on a food place where you regret eating. So much so, you just wish you could banish it from your thoughts. Unfortunately, with the human brain, the more you try to forget something, it hangs over your head like a giant dancing elephant trumpeting ‘Don’t forget about me!’. So, just how traumatic was it to eat the desserts from here?
My regrets about eating in L’ETO Caffe weren’t because the cakes were so epically awful, that I spent days wondering why this cafe had a queue to the end of the road. Nor was it because we had to wait a full 24 hour before we actually consumed the cakes (it was for a gathering). It was, because quite honestly, it opened my eyes to a new type of dessert. Milk cake? I mean, what is that? More importantly, why have I never had this slice of heaven before?
Firstly, we tried the Coconut & Vanilla Ice Cream cake. The sponge was moist, soft and the layers were creamy with flakes of coconut adding texture. The cake itself taste like a soft Ferrero Raffaello (white chocolate version version of Fererro Rocher)with small pieces of pomegranate for a sharp sour burst of fruit and tasted fantastic. This automatically set the bar immensely high for the desserts to follow.
Dulce De Leche aka a three milk cake, is probably the most amazing thing I have put in my mouth since I ate the large Churro with filled with melted chocolate inside, on a Portuguese beach (there is a stall in Stratford, near Westfield which sells something similar). Anyway, I had this Churro approximately 13 years ago, so you can imagine the magnitude of having something so amazing definitely does not occur on a regular basis. The creaminess, melt in your mouth texture, perfect balance of sweetness, and surprisingly non-soggy texture (as it was drenched in condensed milk or something similar), lightness of the sponge, made this more then a delight to eat. I was seriously doubting anything could taste so perfect. The odd thing about this dessert was that it wasn’t even sickening. I was eating spoon after spoon and it felt as if I was eating clouds.
Just when I thought all the other items purchased would never even come close to the Dulce De Leche, I popped the Honey Cake into my mouth. The creamy milky texture, sweetness of honey, a moistness and softness which was incomparable to anything I had eaten before. Again the taste was almost honeycomb like, sweet, soft and strong. The cake left a strong impression even after swallowing. This is apparently a famous Russian cake which is quite low in calories too!
The Cinnamon Chocolate cake and Chocolate Layer Cake was quite dry in comparison to the other cakes. The cinnamon was strong and the chocolate was intense. I wasn’t a huge fan of this combination, but everyone else seemed to really enjoy it so I decided it was just me.
Overall, some of the cakes from L’ETO Caffe were absolutely fabulous. I can honestly say some of these cakes were the best I’ve tried in a long long time. My biggest disappointment is that I live so far from L’ETO Caffe. Everyday I think about how amazing the Honey Cake and Dulche De Leche is and how disappointing it is that I now live on the other side of England. Unfortunately, my pictures are horrid due to poor lighting, but the presentation was not as bad as my pictures make it seem. The cakes in terms of presentation is 3.5/5. The taste of these was most definitely 4.7/5.
Have you been here? What did you think? Are there any other amazing Cafes you can recommend? Comment below.