Ask someone where one can find the best patisseries in town, and chances are one of the names they may go on to list off will be Bon Bon. This Chocolatier and Patisserie can be found squeezed between Leylaty’s restaurants, just off Andalus Street.
The dark wood interior,beige walls, and aquamarine glass paneling gives the patisserie a contemporary and almost corporate feel. One even has to enter through a revolving door to access the place,but dont let that detract you from stepping in.
An enormous white vase resting on a table greets you upon entering, covered among other things with gift boxes filled with assorted chocolates wrapped in loud multicoloured foil wrappings. Not much different from other chocolatiers in town, but delve a little deeper and you will begin to appreciate the number of cakes and sweets on offer.
Three different counters are available, each filled with row upon row of various cakes and tarts. Once inside, I was at a loss at what to try,but was fortunate to have the assistance of a very helpful member of staff who carefully listed off the names and ingredients of each of the delicate creations. This made a difference, as so often one enters a cake shop to be told this cake is chocolate, and thats all you hear.
But here, at Bon Bon, you are given a round up of almost everything that goes into the cake. For example, the colourful Rosaline clair caught my attention, this is a vanilla cream filled clair topped off with a layer of pink almond flan covered in thin slices of fresh strawberries. It tasted as good as it sounds!
With so much to choose from I ended up walking out not long after with two boxes filled to the rim with cakes, chocolates, and tarts! If youre looking for something sweet for a special occasion or event, Bon Bon is probably ideal. While not cheap, the cakes are some of the best I have come across, and the Chocolates certainly just as good.
If youre a fan of chocolate, you shouldnt be disappointed here. Varieties here are much more interesting than the usual, and its good to see they arent suffering from the usual chocolate covered date -stuffed with an almond syndrome.
Here, you can pick up much more interesting varieties; like chocolate covered ginger, mint, green tea chocolates, mixtures of hazelnut, and peach are just a few of the flavours available. I tried the Peach and Almond Malakoff and was impressed by fresh taste of the peach in the mix. Dont get carried away though, the Chocolate is a great if you dont mind splurging out, as a kilo of any variety will set you back a whopping 210 SR. But dont despair; you can also buy a quarter of a kilo if youre not looking for death by chocolate!
As for the other cakes I tried (with the help of a few friends), I can thoroughly recommend the apple tart, (great to see a fresh apple tart not covered in jellied goo in Jeddah). The Strawberry Cheesecake was also a treat, light, fluffy and cloud like in appearance, this was much softer than I had expected and a pleasure to eat.
As for some of the other items, the brownie was drier than hoped for, and the Creme Brule came off a little too soft (perhaps the car journey let it down). But all was not lost, the chocolate mousse was a dream, while the raspberry tart was juicy and mouth watering; a firm favourite amongst the testers (when compared to the strawberry).
However it wasnt all good, my curiosity managed to get the better of me, and I had also ordered some of the Passion Cocktails, these are small glasses filled with what looks like creamy scoops of mousse
(either -Raspberry, Exotic Passion Fruit or Cappuccino). You cant always judge a book by its cover, and these unfortunately were not the exception, but the rule, they looked delicious but were gelatinous and jelly -like, (a single dip of my spoon and the whole scoop came back up with it).
Other than the tarts and cakes, I also tried the snack bars, which were great fun, these tiny narrow little cake bars would probably be ideal for those watching their weight. I tried the Eliser and Hawaii varieties, although many others are available. The Hawaii is an almond sponge cake covered in rich Mango and Pineapple Cream,delicious and beautifully presented. The Eliser in contrast is a much lighter affair and should appeal to the child in you. Looking like a small birthday cake, it is made up of layers of pistachio, almond and strawberry sponge cake then covered in hundreds and thousands!
All of the individual slices of Cakes and Eclairs vary in prices from about 9 to 12 SR. Countless other items are available, such as breads, pastries, ice cream, and larger cakes which range from 120 to 190 SR. If youre in the area, check it out.If youre already familiar with Bon Bon, then you should know what Im talking about!Bon Bon,
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