Hidden amongst the towering urban buildings of City Walk is Secret Garden by L’ETO, a gem of a café and every dessert connoisseur’s dream come true.
You’re mesmerised as soon as you set your eyes on the floral café. A small but gorgeous space, Secret Garden by L’ETO is unlike anything you’ve ever seen and it's a true visual treat for your eyes. Why, you may ask? Maybe, it’s the venue's enchanting ambience. Maybe, it’s the too-pretty-to-eat food and drinks. Or, maybe, it’s the friendly service and attention you get once you step foot into the gorg space. My guess? It’s everything.
When I paid a visit, I was in awe. Having been to plenty of café’s before, I didn’t expect to be blown away by how much effort and thought had gone into creating such a stunning floral atmosphere that both calms and pleases the eyes. It’s almost like you’ve walked into a hidden garden. Very dreamy indeed.
If you have a sweet tooth, then their menu will take your breath away. It includes everything from artisanal coffees to secret mocktails and more.While I was tempted to order everything (I mean, why wouldn’t you? They all look so good!), I settled for a few dishes that sounded absolutely divine. And boy, was I impressed!
First came the beverages. And they were a sight to behold! The Azure Lavender Latte from the menu's Rainbow Collection was a cute little blue latte that tasted just like spring in a cup - except it was served in glass!
After sipping on the delicious sweet drink, I switched it up with some caffeine. The Mockiniti, which is a delightful, cold brew featuring cinnamon. In short, it was every coffee lover’s dream. So delicious, so smoth, so refreshing...
Then arrived the star of the menu arrived. Aptly named "Beauty and the Beast", it's a rose cocktail decorated with fresh edible flowers and petals presented in a glass dome, which filled with beautifully scented rose smoke.
Secret Garden’s desert menu is expansive and ripe for the picking, which made my decision of what to eat, pretty hard. I ended up with five scrumptious desserts on my table and each one of them was a delight!
Based on the recommendations of the venue's happy and incredibly helpful floor staff, I opted for the Blueberry and Apple Napoleon Cake, the Gianduja Hazelnut Cheesecake and my personal favourite, the Blueberry Umm Ali. They were all tasty, fresh and just oh so delicious. Worth every calorie and now I'm hugry and sad and, wish that I could go back.
Because I love you and want you to partake in my happiness, here's a bit more details on each of my joy providers...
The Blueberry and Apple Napolean Cake was a berry berry nice treat adorned with assorted berries and petals and a delish blueberry and custard filling.
The Gianduja Hazelnut Cheesecake is the perfect balance of sweet and nutty. It immediately melts into your mouth like a dream. Light, fluffy and smooth, this cheesecake gets a huge nod from me.
The traditional Arabic dessert gets a ‘garden’ spin with the Blueberry Umm Ali, which is topped off with berries, coconut shavings, nuts and petals. I could honestly have had ten of these and still want more.
Being an ardent lover of anything with Pistachio in it, I couldn’t help myself from ordering the Pistachio and White Chocolate Delice, which was simply amazing. The white chocolate topping really hit the spot!
To finish it all off, I got the Caramel Banana Meringue, which was way too cute to eat. But I did anyway and it was divine. Perfect if you’re in need of a simple pick me up.
Spring has certainly sprung at Secret Garden and, it’s here to stay for a long, long time. Be it an indulgent treat at any time of the day or an elaborate tea party or an afternoon with the girls or your family, this café is sure to steal your heart and your appetite. Team Cosmo is certainly a big fan!