Cakes – what would life be like without them?
Even Donkey, the fictional fast-talking sidekick from the animated film Shrek, exclaimed with excitement, “Everybody loves cakes!” And we agree.
A study published in 2016 by the journal Appetite revealed that we are all wired from birth to get excited about cake. This has a lot to do with the way mass media and television have associated this sweet treat with happy occasions like birthdays and special celebrations.
So imagine my delight when I step inside Le Pont Café, the quaint cake and pastry shop in bustling Khalidiyah where I’m immediately greeted with the sight of colourful cakes in all shapes and sizes.
Le Pont used to be a full-service restaurant but has scaled down its operations to become a take-away café. That said, it boasts a small counter in the corner where hungrier guests can consume their orders – and that’s exactly what I do.
Selling more than just cakes and sweet treats, the café offers fancy little sandwiches and savoury pastries at affordable prices.
I get my hands on the beef burger slider -don’t let its size deceive you. The tiny patty and slices of tomato, lettuce and cheese are tasty and packed with enough flavour to really satisfy your cravings, without the need to resort to a full-sized burger.
Equally as tasteful is the bada fatayer, which is the Middle East’s version of a meat pie. Here, instead of meat, this sesame-topped dough is stuffed with feta cheese. Whether you’re taking it home or grabbing one for a quick bite on the go, make sure to eat it hot
to fully appreciate the cheese’s mouth-watering flavour.
Great for a picnic or light lunch, the basil and garlic with mozzarella cheese sandwich is a warm and filling sandwich that leaves me wanting more. Even non-vegetarians will love this one.
Of course, it would be impossible to visit Le Pont without trying the cakes, and the vast selection is overwhelming.
I’ve heard rumours about the café’s pistachio and dome-shaped chocolate cakes. They do look mouthwatering and I’m minutes away from trying both when I notice the slice of red velvet cake staring straight at me.
Soft and smooth in texture, the red and white-layered cake is a delightful treat and one of the best I’ve tasted in a long time.
All in all, Le Pont Café is a reliable stop if you’re on the lookout for tasty takeaway sweet and savoury baked goodies, with cakes as equally as impressive in taste as they are in presentation. It’s also a great pick if you’re looking to cater an at-home iftar, just call ahead to confirm your order.
Here, every day is a happy occasion.
Need to know
Location: Ganada Tower, near Dana Plaza, Zayed the First Street, Al Khalidiyah
We say: Tasty selection of cakes and pastries at affordable prices
Cost: AED 64 for two
Opening times: Daily 8am-11.30pm, 11am-midnight in Ramadan
Contact: 02 666 4022, facebook.com/lepontuae
WORDS Ferdinand Godinez