A dedicated dessert cafe – and close to home – could be a recipe for Blimpville, but being a dedicated foodie I just had to try it and see what the fuss was about. Nothing wrong with having cake at 10am. Is there?
With my sweet-tooth son AB in tow – doesn’t take much to persuade him to eat cake – we dropped into this delightful venue in Mount Hawthorn a few days ago to check out their wares. This light and bright cafe is punctuated with bright yellow and white furnishings and sparkly chandeliers, and a smallish counter displays the goods on offer. Macarons, cupcakes, tarts, cake popsicles, dome cakes and small tiered sponges beckon invitingly under glass.
AB rained on my parade by selecting the Toffee Crunch Eclair, which left me in a dilemma as to what I would now choose. Dang! Don’t you hate it when someone beats you to the punch? And you can’t possibly both have the same thing; it’s an unwritten rule that you must make different choices. A minor panic for the next five minutes as I deliberated over the array of sweet things – Imagine if you will, a recreation of the scene in the episode of Seinfeld where Elaine rests on the counter in the Soup Nazi’s shop trying to decide on a soup, invoking his wrath and being expelled from the shop sans soup. Well fortunately the bubbly Irish girl serving us in Bites by D wasn’t wrathful and I wasn’t expelled from the cafe. I wasn’t half as annoying as Elaine either, even though I may have hogged the counter and I may have taken a while to decide. Some things just can’t be rushed.
I settled on a Ferrero Rocher chocolate cupcake, even though I rarely order cupcakes and am often regretful when I do. It was a decadently rich concoction that was perhaps a bit much for my stomach that early in the morning, and I gazed so longingly at AB’s eclair that he offered to go halves with me. Being the good mum I am, I insisted that a taste would do, and that we should stick with our own choices. The eclair ticked all the boxes; creamy filling, light choux pastry, sticky toffee and crunchy nuts. Yummo.
My long mac was well made with house blend Dark Horse beans, albeit served in a tiny glass that seems to be the norm these days. AB’s hot chocolate was served on a plank with separate jugs of hazelnut couverture chocolate and hot milk, with banana marshmallows to finish it off. He was a happy chappy.
Bites by D showcases an impressive cake menu that changes by the day. As cakes are made during the day they are brought out to the display counter, so you could find different goodies in the afternoon than you would in the morning. There are a few savoury options like quiche and muffins that will satisfy the dessert nay-sayers. It’s a delightful venue for the days when you stop kidding yourself that you should be sensible and eat a sandwich, and decide you’re going to have your cake and eat it too.