We all love desserts, but with so many choices around, it is hard to decide on where to go! A week ago though, I gave Bloomsbury a try, and boy what an experience that was!
To start things off, there are plenty of dessert options in Dubai Mall and for Bloomsbury to stand out, they definitely needed to to be unique in every aspect from store ambiance, comfort, location, staff and of course, the product itself. It was early afternoon and I was feeling a little tired, so I decided to get some coffee before trying any cupcakes.
Not that I am actually reviewing their coffee or anything, but it was nice. Bloomsbury is a nice little shop with decent seating of around 6 – 8 tables in a very cozy setting. The staff are polite, welcoming and happy to assist with any request.
They wanted me to try out a whole selection of cupcakes, not like I am going to ever complain about that!
I started it off with their Double Chocolate Heaven Cupcake – Chocolate sponge topped with chocolate fudge icing and sprinkled with edible gold dust.
At first, I thought this was going to be an incredibly heavy chocolate cupcake, but it wasn’t heavy at all. It was a tad on the thick side but had a very nice chocolate flavor and the icing was just the right amount of sweetness. The gold dust made the top shine, but does not add anything in terms of flavor. No chocolate or sugar overload this was just right – thank god!
This is a special one, the Diabetic Dream Cupcake – Carrot sponge with labneh icing topped with toasted walnuts. What makes it a Diabetic’s dream? They only use a natural sweetener called Agave syrup for the icing.
It had a nice and familiar carrot cake base but the sponge was a tad on the thick side. Overall, if I could not have sugar, this would be incredible to have because it was sweet. I also thought Bloomsbury did a good job offering such options to its customers.
It may look all innocent on the outside but this Bakewell Tart has a tangy heart – A sweet pastry tart with berry coulis and frangipane.
Not a taste that I could fall in love with, but surely interesting. The outer layer was like soft biscuit and crumbled when cut into, while the inside was soft but thick jam and ground almonds (frangipane), it has a unique tangy taste that needs to be tried and definitely a different taste to the region, which is understandable being of English origins.
But, without a doubt, the star of the Bloomsbury show is their Red Velvet cupcake – A chocolate vanilla sponge with cream cheese icing.
I have only tried cream cheese icing a couple of times but the combination of that with a Red Velvet cupcake was amazing. This could be one of the best tasting cupcakes I’ve ever eaten. The cream cheese had amazing flavor while not being too sweet and the sponge itself was soft and not too sweet either – loved it. A must try, even when just passing by.
The thing that makes most of their cupcakes standout is the sugar they use. They import it specifically because it does not leave a grainy feel to their icing, which is an issue most cupcakes have. All their icing is smooth, soft and creamy.
I also tried their Cheese Cake – Baked cream cheese cake on a base of crushed cookies.
Certainly one of the nicer cheese cakes I’ve tried in Dubai. It was soft, smooth and tasted very nice with good flavor. I believe the base could have been more crunchier as it had softened but overall a nice slice of cheese cake and not too sweet either.
In the end, they would not allow me to go before I tried something called the Fool’s Gold.
In essence, these are golden chocolate rocks with popping candy covered in gold dust and taste absolutely funny! The chocolate has nice flavor but it looks weird (they come in no specific shape) and once the popping candy start to go, it leaves a really hilarious party in your mouth!
Overall, I’d have to say the dessert experience at Bloomsbury is lovely. From the time you walk in, are greeted by the staff and welcomed by the display of cupcakes, till you sit down and let your taste buds go wild, Bloomsbury cover all the bases properly.
Some pictures from the display at Bloomsbury Dubai Mall: