The List Food & Drink Guide 2010

This elegant yet cosy wood-panelled tearoom has the warm, vanilla-infused ambience of a traditional café in the Grand European style, and master baker Falko Burkert's unapologetically indulgent food more than lives up to that standard. If you can resist diving straight into the exquisitely decorated cakes on display in the glass-fronted counter, start with a savoury platter of salami, ham and mild cheese, served with Falko's own freshly baked bread, crisp salad leaves and peppers. The cakes are sheer artistry: the menu features German and Austrian classics, such as Sachertorte, fangipane and Linzer tarts and Black Forest gâteau, along with blueberry cheesecake, chocolate and beetroot guglhupf and a rhubarb and custard tart that's just heavenly. Whether you accompany your indulgence with powerful espresso, delicate Darjeeling or aginger beer is entirely a matter of personal teatime preference. Those lacking a sweet tooth need not feel short-changed: try a glossy, doughy pretzel served with butter and cheese, smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, or simply take away one of the irresistible oven fresh loaves to tear into once you get home.

+ Rhubarb and custard tart
- No place for calorie-counters

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