Monday, May 11, 2015

Love At First Sight - Shakespeare And Co.

The phrase, 'Love at first sight' is something I bethought I would nev'r believeth in, until Shakespeare and Co. hath happened. 
Alright, never-mind, got a little carried away, might as well just stick to normal lehman english. 

Last week, I visited Shakespeare and Co, located at the China Court of Ibn Batuta and instantly fell in love with the place, reason being, its chic, Victorian decor. 
We were there around 4 pm and had no issues whatsoever in finding a table, as the cafe was rather deserted and dessert-ed (if you know what I mean ;))
What we had? The Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and Potato Croquet's, The Shakespeare Macarons, The Shakespeare Marshmallows and The Mint Sheesha.

The Chicken Satay and The Potato Croquet's - The Chicken Satay was basically marinated chicken tenders skewers. The chicken was extremely well cooked, however I wish it was slightly more tender. The taste was spot-on though. Also, the peanut sauce accompanying the satay complimented it well. 
The Potato Croquets were mashed potatoes stuffed with cheese. This had the perfect balance of crunchy and creamy and made for a pleasing side dish.

Macarons - A macaron is a French sweet meringue-based confection made with egg whiteicing sugargranulated sugaralmond powder orground almond, and food colouring. The macaron is commonly filled with ganachebuttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two biscuits (cookies). The name is deri
ved from the Italian word macarone.
Thank you Wikipedia for that lovely description, that went slightly above my head, but I'm hoping all those reading this review did get it. 
However if you didn't, here is how I describe a Macaron, 

Now that we have got that established, let me tell you about the Macarons at Shakespeare. They had a variety of flavours, such as, Coconut, Strawberry, Chocolate, Pistachio, Vanilla, Hazelnut, Raspberry etc

The Macarons were fresh, and the Macaron biscuit wasn't hard, the ganache within the Macaron is not very sweet either thankfully. While all the Macarons were drool worthy, my personal favourites were the Coconut, Vanilla and Pistachio Macarons. 

The Shakespeare Marshmellows – On first glance, this could appear to look like an edible rubix-cube, but just that this rubix cube gives you pleasure, not stress ;) The Marshmallows were perfectly gooey and literally melted in my mouth.

The Mint Sheesha - This was by far the most appealing looking Sheesha I had ever smoked, I mean look at it, someone who doesn't smoke would want to smoke from a Sheesha that looks that gorgeous ;) 
But yes for the serious Sheesha smokers, the mint Sheesha was fabulous, extremely smooth and didn't hurt the throat at all. Also the coal was changed frequently. 

Service - The staff was friendly and had a constant smile on their face
The cost - Shakespeare is definitely not an inexpensive place, but at the same, its not priced exorbitantly either. 
The ambiance - Shakespeare and Co. cafe is like a pretty dollhouse, filled with dainty lace decor, beads and everything pastel.The feminine decoration and elegant furniture shall definitely win your heart.

Overall Shakespeare and Co is an entire package that pleases you in every aspect. 
I would rate Shakespeare and Co. a 4.5/5

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