MILF 3 (My Incredible London Food List): Lanka (Review)

By Shu - 00:25

London today is 21 degrees celcius *jumps for joy* Time for cardigans and tank tops and bare legs #thisislife

Today is also the perfect day to visit Lanka, a cute litte Japanese cake and tea salon on Finchley Road. Amanda has been raving about this for months and I finally got the chance to visit this lovely little gem of a cake shop.

We ordered four cakes to share and two pots of tea, and it is probably an understatement to say I was in heaven! Japanese cakes have the perfect texture. Unlike the usual heavy cakes you find in Western cafes, these are so light and moist I could eat them all day. Probably not very good for the waistline. Still, I'm definitely going back to treat myself once exams are over. So here, let the photos tell the story and whet your appetite...

9 Goldhurst Terrace, London NW6 3HX
Just a quick stroll from Finchley Road tube station
Mon-Sat 10:30-18:30, Sun 11:00-17:00

 
Chocolate Gateau
 Yummy lava cake that the service staff heated up for us. Oooh just imagining the oozing chocolate sauce when we broke the cake open makes me drool... Anyway, Lanka has the loveliest service crew ever. They are so nice, smiley and attentive. Every cafe needs to learn from them!!

(From left) Matcha strawberry cake, Chocolate raspberry Tart, Matcha Tart
Everything was delicious, but if you ever go to Lanka I suggest you go for their matcha cakes. They are beyond fabulous. Amanda's favourite is the matcha strawberry cake, which is so light and moist and topped off with the most lovely and delicate whipped cream ever. I usually hate whipped cream but this is fantastic. My favourite has to be the matcha tart. I love anything matcha, and the stronger the flavour the better. This definitely did not disappoint, and the white chocolate swirls on the tart went really well with the matcha. Yummeh. The chocolate tart was alright, but probably only because the matcha cakes stole all the limelight!!

Other Cakes on Display
Don't you just want to eat everything?!?! I need to go back, asap.

Very decent prices

Loveliest crockery sets ever! and pretty good Ceylon Tea
 Lanka also prides themselves on their ceylon tea which is specially imported from Sri Lanka. They have a wide variety of ceylon infusions and we got the Flowery Earl Gray and the Queen's Choice. I love Earl Gray (I can never resist it when it's on the menu) and this was pretty good. The tea smelt flowery and fragrant, but unfortuantely the flavour was not as bold as Earl Grays usually are. It probably matches the lightnes of the cakes more though. My housemates really liked the Queen's Choice, which had citrus notes (I really hate citrus-y stuff, so not for me).


 I need these tea cups and saucers!!
Pumpkin cake
The chef was also nice enough to give us samples of his pumpkin cake, which had the loveliest melt-in-your-mouth texture. Apparently, the best time to visit Lanka is in the morning, when it is not very busy - the chefs are more likely to give out cute little samples for you to try then hehe.

& that's us!
and our satisfied faces and bellies after an indulgent #taitai cake and tea breakfast in Lanka.

You really ought to pay this place a visit. I'm gonna go back and try everything on their menu very soon. xx




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