September 5, 2008
London Must-Eats: Carrot cake at Rose Bakery
You know, it’s very possible that true satisfaction can be described as nabbing the very last carrot cake of the day at Dover Street Market’s Rose Bakery. Each individual tower is a tiny piece of perfection, and is best enjoyed with a cup of tea whilst gazing out over the grey rooftops of Mayfair.
The generous crown of cream cheese icing is extraordinary and its slightly sour edge is balanced beautifully by the spicy, nutty cake.
Everything is baked daily on-site at Rose Bakery, the London outpost of the Parisian café, where you’ll find trays of freshly baked chocolate brownies and scones joining the changing menu of light lunches like quiches and salads.
Things can get pretty busy during the lunch time crush, where you’re likely to spot an assortment of major designers, staff from nearby Conde Nast and so-hip-it-hurts shoppers jostle for space on the long communal tables. Better to go earlier or later in the day, and head for the table for two by the window, or, weather permitting, the table out on the balcony.
And for the perfect souvenir, why not take home a copy of Rose Bakery co-founder Rose Carrarini's book, Breakfast, Lunch, Tea.
Top floor at Dover Street Market
17-18 Dover St,
Tel: 020 7518 0680
Monday to Saturday 11am-6pm
Nearest tube: Green Park