I’m already a big fan of Cocorico’s macarons and pastries but seeing their impressive creations on the TV reminded me that I was yet to try their afternoon tea.
Available for pre-order at £15 a head, it’s the ideal showcase for their precise technique and penchant for interesting flavours.
My drink of choice was a lovely pot of loose leaf English breakfast tea. Mrs G and her mum both had very good flat whites.
We kicked off with a savoury layer that was far more exciting than the usual finger sandwiches.
A beautifully warm, flaky and buttery mini croissant was stuffed with an enjoyably savoury combination of goat’s cheese and olive. A textbook crisp and soft white roll was filled with smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese whilst a dinky pie contained a comforting combo of chicken, leek and potato.
Onto the sweet stuff and a mini Mont Blanc saw a short-crusted blueberry tart topped with airy whipped cream and sweet chestnut puree vermicelli.
A light choux bun was filled with praline cream, a caramelised hazelnut and whipped cream. The glossiest of glazes coated an intense blackcurrant mousse that sat atop another mini blueberry tart.
You get to choose a macaron as part of the tea. All were crisp, soft, a tiny bit chewy and packed with flavour. I tried the raspberry and chocolate and delicately boozy Bailey's varieties. Mrs G’s raspberry and violet flavour was as pretty as a Jackson Pollock painting.
Finally, on the top layer was a finger of waffle topped with jam, whipped cream and slices of strawberries. It was a lovely flavour combination but the crisp and slightly chewy waffle was my least favourite part of the tea.
Afternoon tea at Cocorico was a real treat.
This isn’t the place to come if you want to stuff your face with bought in cupcakes and brownies. But, if you want to try the most technically accomplished patisserie in Cardiff then this is the right place.
Address - Cocorico Patisserie, 35 Whitchurch Road, Cardiff CF14 3JP
Web - http://www.cocoricopatisserie.co.uk/
Telephone - 02921 328 177