Our choices for dessert bars here in Colombo are quite limited. So, it is only natural that the minute a sponsored ad for a dessert bar pops up on the gram, the sweet tooth in me craves to go check it out. Introducing, The Nook to all of you. Located on the third floor of Anthias Nail Salon down Visakha Road in duplication Road is the coziest little cakery and dessert spot. It’s easier to accidentally go down the House of Fashion road but keep in mind, it is actually the little private lane right along the Carnage store.
We walked into a display of 5 large cakes, and a loaf of banana bread on the counter. A cute little spot with a three seater table with a view of the road and an additional little two seater table stacked against the wall. The perfect spot for a girl’s date to spill the tea all while stuffing your face with some of the most amazing cakes curated. I also had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Ishara, better known as Baker in Heels on Instagram and having a little chat about the business.
The Nook began operation last December and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm. You have the choice to walk in or place the order via Uber Eats and the best part is, there’s no minimum order. Unfortunately, she sells out pretty fast, so you won’t always have the luck of eating more than one slice a day.
From the array of cakes on display last week, I tried the Triple Berry Cake (LKR 1300/-), Cashew caramel (LKR 1000/-), Death By Chocolate (LKR 1100/-) and her infamous éclair biscuit pudding tub (Small - LKR 1000/-).
It’s impossible to run through a usually delicious slice of cake without feeling like throwing up seconds later due to it being overpoweringly sweet. Fortunately, these cakes at The Nook were nothing short of well balanced.
If somebody asked me what my absolute favorite was, I couldn’t pick between the Triple Berry and the éclair biscuit pudding tub which is also their best sellers and with good reason! My favorite part of the Triple Berry cake, apart from how aesthetically pleasing it looks, was the raspberry compote. It really mellowed the sweetness and gave my tastebuds a whole new level of expectation. The tanginess of the compote really pulled the flavors together. Moving on to the tub of éclair biscuit pudding, although the small tub is 1-2 pax, I personally don’t think it can be shared with someone else. At least it’s not something I can bring myself to do. However, the larger tub can be shared with 2-3 pax and retails at LKR 2200/- Extremely creamy with 4 layers of super soft and soaked biscuits is the perfect fusion for all those éclair and biscuit pudding fanatics.
Salted caramel is my absolute favorite topping and flavor whether it be cake, coffee or ice cream. Something I know for sure is many people fail to get the salted caramel right. Yet, once again, The Nook really outdid themselves with the Cashew caramel. The caramel really hit the spot and the chunky pieces of cashew just made it all the more better.
The Nook wants to take their dessert game to the next level and specialize in gourmet cakes that are quite unique in the market. She also makes it a point to rotate the flavor of cakes to keep them fresh and in demand. So, the slice you have today might not be available for the next few days. They also try to introduce 1-2 new flavors every month. Watch out for that Milo Dino cake!
To sum up my thoughts on the place and if it’s worth a try, I’ve ordered twice more after I tried them out for the first time last week. You can find them as @thenook.cmb on Instagram. Follow and devour!