New Patisseries line tasting session at Cubana London

We were kindly invited to a feedback session at Cubana Smithfield on their new patisseries line from their in-house bakery due to be launched soon.

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.) *

About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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