The Cubana new patisseries that we sampled, and that you will have the joy of trying when you visit, were:
Brioche – with sugar nibs
Bunelo – flaky Latin American pastries with various flavours and fillings; they reminded me of warm, icing dusted, beignets (French pillowey donuts) which we enjoyed in French Quarter in New Orleans!
Media Luna – Latin American croissants
Donuts – they are made from sourdough, and also layer dough with a variety of delightful fillings to meet all preferences: chocolate ganache (with a vanilla custard filling), chocolate Boston creme (with a praline creme filling), fresh lime curd, and banana/toffee (basically a banoffee pie in donut form!).
Strawberry Cheesecake – they have done an interesting version, but adding strawberries onto their keylime cheesecake
Opera Cake: Espresso and Chocolate = it made me feel like I was in coffee chocolate heaven!
Carrot Cake: with toasted walnuts and creme cheese frosting, and marshmallow layers within
Mexican Wedding Cakes (similar to Spanish ‘Polvorones de Canele’ = Cinnamon Cookies)
Our favourites were the bunelo, Opera cake and not forgetting the Mexican Wedding Cakes – melt-in-the mouth, shortbread-like nutty cookies; I could eat a massive bag of these in one sitting!
We were served the new patisseries range with Cuban coffee espresso macchiato and lattes with great coffee art.
Also, Smithfield location has both a bakery shop and streetfood stall – Phillip, love the layout of this site with the added draw of the bakery creating wonderfully inviting smells!
Here is a collage to whet your appetites for the treats in store when you visit:
Photos – Left to Right, and top row to bottom row:
Carrot Cake, Opera Cake, coffees with Mexican Wedding cakes
Donuts, Media Luna
Brioche, Strawberry Cheesecake, Bunelo
What are you waiting for – go and check them out for all your Cuban savoury, sweet and coffee needs!
Twitter: @CubanaLondon #new #pastries #patisseries #cakes #comingsoon #LatinAmerican
Thank you to Phillip, Phillipa and your restaurant team for looking after us and making us feel welcome as usual.
* NHS colleagues at Barts/ Kings/ Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS trusts please note that you also get a discount when visiting their Smithfield branch! (Just mention to your waiter/ waitress.) *