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Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Salé Sucré: Maadi Sweets and Treats
Sweet shop Salé Sucré has many venues in Cairo, including Mohandiseen and Roxy. Maadi’s side street branch is aesthetically pleasing while offering a range of delectable cookies, cakes and oriental sweets. With large glass windows displaying sleek cases of tantalising sweets, you can’t go wrong.
While Cairo suffers no shortage of good bakeries full of tempting cakes and yummy biscuits, Salé Sucré has something of a neighbourhood cult following. Upon entering, the smell of freshly baked sweets rushes to meet you as you browse through the wonderland of baked goods. There is a wide variety of cakes in the left-hand side display case, from rich black forest cakes with decorative cherries and chocolate shavings to creamy cheese cakes with brightly coloured berry glazes, in addition to fruit and chocolate concoctions. Prices range between 50LE and upwards of 200LE for a special occasion cake.
The central display case carries every cookie, petit-four and tartlet that you could dream of in a variety of bright colours. You can buy chocolate and walnut petit-fours, date cake or berry tartlets by the kilo, which should cost around 60LE to 100LE. You can either hand-pick the selection yourself or choose a ready-made selection of flaky biscuits, chocolaty petit-fours or fruit and custard tartlets.
While the shop is dominated by miniature sweets, large cakes and sweet breads, a section of the counter is also stocked with savoury pastries, cheese and mini-deli sandwiches. These are also sold by the kilo, with an average of 60LE per kilo.
With Ramadan upon us, patrons can find all their favourite Ramadan desserts here, starting from a 1/4 kilo box. The oriental sweets are artfully arranged on tall silver platters, including the basbousa, which is the perfect blend of sweetness, konafa of every kind, and sticky pastries with both nuts and cream.
The prices are quite reasonable: a kilo of petit-fours and mini-cakes starting at about 80LE, and 1/4 kilo oriental sweets starting at 35LE. For the divine taste and sugar rush that Sale Sucré induces; this is not a bad deal. The service is great; the staff are spot on with orders and eager to help you choose from the baked delicacies on display.
Opening just over two months ago in Downtown Cairo, D Waffles is already luring in customers with its delightful and sweet spongy desserts. It’s a quite small venue – essentially a kiosk with a few seats, high stools and narrow tables attached to the wall – but from a sweet-toothed Cairene’s perspective, its arrival to Downtown is an exceedingly pleasant one. Here they serve up the warmest, spongiest waffles with a generous choice of tasty toppings and at reasonable prices, too.
The choice of toppings are displayed behind a glass counter and range from marshmallows, flavoured syrups, chocolate chips and crushed biscuits, to a range of fruit, including kiwi, strawberry and blackberries.
During our short wait, the smell of the waffles being cooked was absolutely sensational; they are heated in a special machine and it is possible to watch as the staff decorates it with your choice of toppings.
The most expensive item on the menu, and one of our orders, costs 25LE and consists of one large circular waffle topped with four different toppings of your choice. It’s served up in four slices, like a pizza; one slice was drizzled in warm Nutella and white-chocolate sauce; the second slice was covered with sliced strawberries and drizzled with even more Nutella; while the third was doused in blueberry compote and the fourth was with white chocolate chips and white chocolate sauce. This was by far the best waffle we’ve eaten in some time
We also opted to try the simple waffle with a topping of Nutella only which came in two sizes: the special at 15LE and the regular at 13LE.
In addition, there is a small range of drinks available, all costing 15LE and divided into two varieties: milkshakes or smoothies. The milkshake menu offers Oreo, Twix, Mars Bar or Snickers flavours and are topped with whipped cream and crushed biscuits/chocolate pieces. On the smoothies menu, you can choose from peach, strawberry, banana, mango or cocktail – the latter costing a little more at 18LE. All drink options are quite heavy and are almost a dessert in themselves, particularly the milkshakes which are thick and creamy with a creamy topping you can eat with a spoon.
All-in-all, there’s little to dislike about D Waffles – it delivers what it promises and that in itself is an achievement.