“Bring On The Chef In You” was privileged indeed to be hosted by Bloomsbury for a memorable menu tasting session a couple of weeks ago. We knew it as a cake shop and bakery and were mildly surprised to note that they had soups, salads and sandwiches too.
Armed with two others who had a sweet tooth, we popped into Al Wahda Mall @ Abu Dhabi. We wanted to be very hungry so we shopped and bit and then when tired and hungry and of course with near empty pockets, we stepped into Bloomsbury. Tucked in a corner near the entrance of the Mall, Bloomsbury is eye-candy for all who pass by. The cakes entice the crowds who throng the mall; and am sure many of them look at the display and say; “wait for me, I’ll shop and be back”. Bloomsbury cakes are such that once bitten, never forgotten; so am sure they must be having their repeat clients very frequently.
We were told that Bloomsbury was established by Ms. Shafeena Yousuf Ali; an enterprising entrepreneur who has quite a few food outlets & stores to her credit. She started Bloomsbury in 2011 as an exclusive cupcake shop; but today it’s a boutique café and artisan bakery, with five outlets in the UAE.
We wanted to quench our thirst, so ordered the Milkshakes, a Coffee Milkshake, a Banana milkshake and a Chocolate Milkshake. They came in fancy milk-bottle shaped glasses. One slurp and wooooooo…it was a real thirst quencher. Not too sweet and as just right for our liking.
So refreshing and cool…we were immediately transformed from tired and thirsty to thrilled and delighted.
We were too full to order yet, so our kind server allowed us to rest a while. We rested with chitter and chatter and catching up on old times.
Then it was time for soup. I am not a ‘soup person’ but after having one sip of this amazing ‘beef soup’ was immediately changed into one.
A salad came in next; a big bow of Ceasars Salad and it was really good.
Followed by sandwiches, and they have a whole range of them. Ours were stuffed with beef slices, tomatoes and melted cheese and done perfectly. We could choose the type of bread and they were huge….just having one of them is really enough for a big dinner or lunch…trust me.
We were stuffed to the gills and had no place for dessert; but we were invited to taste their cakes and cupcakes and were in a dilemma.
So we took a tour of the store and omg what a pleasant surprise it was…….the cakes and cupcakes section at Bloomsbury is all about sweet temptations; and how to resist them. we threw our remote controls on ‘temptations of the sweet kind’ outside the window, and gave in to ‘indulgence of the divine kind’. Phew !!!!
We leave you to take in the awesomeness….
I must add here, that we saw a couple of Mums with their little girls, pointing to the cupcakes in the window, and it was such a delight to see the joy on the faces of the kids as they ate the cupcakes.
We too collectively gasped at the cakes and cupcakes, macarons and other baked goodies that were unveiled and were sad that our stomach were too full to taste more than one. To our good-luck, the kind server, who knew our predicament, offered to pack it for us to savour at home.
The packing of the goodies was oh..la –la………
As we were heading out, a little girl saw us with our hands-full of ‘Bloomsbury take it home pack’ and pointing to our packages said said to her Mamma….”Mamma I want this” !!!!. And there Bloomsbury had another Customer in the long-list of customers that day. I must add my two cents to the packaging of the cakes, something that I’ve not seen in Abu Dhabi, a nice cardboard pack, packed in such a way that it protected the cakes/cupcakes inside and had a neat little holder, to make taking it home easy and without fuss. Great job there Bloomsbury !!!!
Bloomsbury did not disappoint. From the welcome drinks served, to the enchanting cakes, the evening was delightful.
The Cakes and cupcakes that we took home, were so amazing. Not too sweet and certainly special, all of us at home took turns to savour the cakes. I have a confession to make, in my entire short-life, I have not closely guarded anything in the refrigerator like I did to those cakes and cupcakes.
We will surely, certainly and definitely be recommending Bloomsbury Cakes and Cupcakes and their cosy little outlet, to anyone we know. As my birthday inches closer on the last day of the year, I am 100% sure where my Birthday cake will be coming from……….yes……………….BLOOMSBURY it will be!!!!!!!.
Bloomsbury, you have a customer for life; as long as am in Abu Dhabi and my Birthday still rolls, my Cake will be a Bloomsbury Cake……………now if that is not satisfaction and contentment, then what is ?