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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Beans, Pies and Cookies: New Cookie Shop in Cairo
Tucked away in a little doll-house shop at Tivoli Dome, one of the largest food courts in the world; Beans, Pies and Cookies is the latest addition to Cairo’s growing dessert shop trend.
The tiny, heavenly-scented coffee shop is a sight to behold with an ensemble of teal, brown and cream walls decorated with vintage floral decals.
Teal, modern lamps hang over the counter, which runs along the whole shop and boasts a cookie display, heated pie display and a coffee machine. Right behind the counter is an industrial-sized oven that only adds to the vintage-chic charm of the shop and provides a constant heart-warming aroma of baked goods.
Two barstools and a tiny counter are the only seating options inside, while the courtyard outside holds only a handful of coffee tables and cosy teal-coloured chairs.
A healthy variety of cookies is available for 7.25LE a piece. The date and cinnamon cookie was a much welcomed variation to the western art of cookie-baking, but the tastiest of the bunch were definitely the walnut and cinnamon cookie and the fundamental milk chocolate – known elsewhere as chocolate chip.
Unlike your regular store-bought cookies, these treats are more like cake: they’re thicker, fluffier and filled with tasty gooey centres.
We expected a shop serving cookies and coffee to carry sweet pies, but their entire pie collection is savoury. The salami pie (9.50LE) is freshly baked and stuffed with a generous amount of salami and olives. The oriental sausage pie (7.50LE) is also a welcomed oriental variation and its stuffing of sogo’, olives and cheese as well as tomatoes complement each other perfectly.
Beans, Pies and Cookies serves only the barest of essentials when it comes to beverages: 12.75LE will buy you a cappuccino, latté or espresso and 5.45LE will buy you a pricey glass of generic milk.Overall this cookie shop definitely looks better than it tastes, but with so many cupcake shops popping up all over Cairo; Beans, Pies and Cookies provides a blissful, calorie-loaded alternative for any fanatical sweet tooth.
With Brew & Chew satisfying the cravings of Maadi residents, and Dip n Dip spreading their fantastic desserts in New Cairo, Nasr City and 6 of October City, the sweet-toothed of Zamalek can be forgiven for feeling a little neglected – that is until now. Chocolate by name, chocolaty by nature, Joe’s Chocolate Bar on Taha Hussein Street could be the answer to every chocaholic’s dreams.
As a venue, Joe’s Chocolate Bar is divided into two floors; the top floor has nothing remarkable about it but allows smoking, while the ground floor is where the ‘chocolate is. Besides the melted chocolate-like decoration on the wall (which is installed upside down, so instead looks like chocolate waves) the calm lighting and wood walls create a relaxing and cosy ambiance to the place.
The items on the menu are limited and nothing grabbed our attention, but we opted for the Molten Chocolate Cake (47LE), Triple Chocolate Crepe (41LE) and their new special item – as the waiter was so keen to mention – Oreo Waffle (49LE).
The molten chocolate cake had a bold chocolate flavour and a very moist texture; the gooey centre had a fantastic pudding-like consistency, which shows that it was cooked to perfection and, overall, the dessert had a spot-on sweetness. On the other hand, we would have preferred that the ice cream was served separately, because the hot temperature of cake melted it quickly and made the top of the cake rather soggy.
The triple chocolate crepe was just as good, meanwhile; coming as three thin, light and fluffy triangular servings, each one was filled with a generous amount of melted milk chocolate, and drizzled with white, milk, and dark chocolate. We also asked for fruit (10LE) on the side which consists of mini cubes of kiwi, bananas, and strawberries, and it was surprisingly fresh even though it’s not strawberry season yet.
As for the Oreo waffle, we expected nothing more than a waffle with crushed Oreo on top, but, impressively, the waffle itself had an actual layer of Oreo in the middle. Despite the waffles needing a little more milk chocolate on top and being a bit chewy, they were largely soft with a slightly crispy exterior, and the flavour of the Oreo popped in every single bite.
Joe’s Chocolate Bar definitely impressed with their well-executed desserts and big flavours, but we felt that the variety on the menu is too safe and a bit limited for a dessert specialist. We’d very happily come back for the molten chocolate cake, though.