Eating Out: Kafka Sweets and Gourmandises, Macau
Here is my current favourite hangout named after Franz Kafka, the genius behind those existential dark books. The eponymous name, however bears no semblance nor have any reference to the late author, the Macanese owners simply love Kafka and decided to name their Café after him.
I can’t get enough of their beautiful textured wall of blank notebooks with black covers, curling from the Macau moisture.
This cosy spot is packed with locals having tea and a sandcastle looking mount of toast made from half a loaf of bread topped with a crown of chocolate icecream. The coffees menu is modest – but they do them excellent here, while the range of French teas are pretty extensive by Macau standards. During the Winter, you’ll also find gingerbread lattes.
All their chocolate desserts here are made with Valhorna, they don’t compromise on quality here – one of the owners trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and make some of the best desserts in Taipa outside of the Casino hotels equipped with their full team of pastry chefs.
The Cairo chocolate is a luscious mousse with a rich caramel sauce at the heart. Rich and a little on the heavy side to say the least, but worth every calorie and lick off the plate.
You’ll see endless orders of their half-a-loaf-of-bread toast dessert – a popular choice with the locals, but I recommend sticking with the cakes on display if you have a preference for European desserts. The toast is missing that kind of frisson that the rich French desserts give.
We also ventured to the small food menu and ordered the spaghetti carbonara – cooked a perfect al dente, a tad too much onions, but full of the eggy gooey richeness of a veritable carbonara sauce, with a dollop of creme fraiche to accelerate its flavours, even my Italian friends will approve.
kafka sweets & gourmandises
RUE DE BRAGA NO.152
Tel: +853 2882 0086