Look at this cake vitrine at La Pastisseria Barcelona. It’s gorgeous right? And those pastries, look at the shine on them. It’s the best-rated restaurant in Barcelona on Tripadvisor: 65 reviews of 5 out of 5 stars. Impressive. All those reviewers can’t be wrong?
Well, that depends on what you go for. If you are taken in by bells and whistles – this place is for you. Similarly, if you think the pulled sugar sculptures in Kings of Pastry were awesome and you would display most of them in your living room, well then, this is also for you. If on the other hand you (as I) are more enamored by the dogged loaf cake, be it a slice of Madeira cake embellished with a few glacé cherries or a slice of Matcha green tea cake with some chocolate chips running through it – then you might find La Pastisseria isn’t the best thing since sliced bread.
You can not fault the execution but it’s a question of style. And these cakes are not my style. I am a devotee of Rose Carrarini (Rose Bakery) and I will take a slice of whatever rustic, lopsided cake is on display at La Fromagerie any day, I often think wistfully of the deflated chocolate cake (the one that looks more like a cow pat than anything edible) at the Barn.
However, what I would recommend at La Pastisseria Barcelona are the yeasted pastries. Croissants, pain aux chocolate. Yes. Yes, please.
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