London’s newest dessert restaurant will open its doors on March 3, offering an enticing selection of tasting menus (from £26) for the sweet-toothed. This Mad Hatter-style party takes place every day from 6pm to 10.30pm at The Café Royal, with sugary treats (and an assortment of sweet ’n’ savoury bites) dreamt up and presented in playful style by The Café’s executive pastry chef Sarah Barber, whose mellifluous CV includes stints at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Yauatcha.
The Sarah in Wonderland five-course menu begins with The Milky Way, a honeyed confection of goat’s cheese and beetroot “snow”; continues with brioche topped with chicken pâté and quince; before segueing into the trio of Queen of Hearts, a tantalising concoction of raspberries, champagne and roses; Mad Hatter, with kirsch and cherries; and Eat Me, Drink Me, a Snickers-based chocolate shake.
A smidge less indulgent is the three-course Memories of a Child menu, which adds a twist to old favourites, including Jaffa cake and rhubarb and custard. There’s also the option to pick ’n’ mix your own four-course feast.
Wine pairing is available for all menus, including prosecco di Valdobbiadene with the Milky Way, Henriques y Henriques Madeira with the Jaffa cake and dessert wines such as Château Roumieu, Sauternes with Eat Me, Drink Me.