As the name implies, Thé Cake is a bakery and mini-confectionery located at the ground floor of The Kingsbury with a view of their infinity pool. Looking out of the glass wall, you have a pretty great view of the sea, which is sadly marred at the moment by humungous cranes and construction material being used for the Colombo Port City Project. It’s an eyesore, but the ambience isn’t completely ruined.
Thé Cake offers the normal range of baked goodies you’d get anywhere else, but the selection also includes shawarmas and prawn buns (which look a lot like traditional maalu paans). The patties and buns were priced at around Rs 100, which is only 20 or 30 bucks more than you'd find elsewhere.
In terms of taste, everything we tried tasted fresh. We ordered a chicken shawarma, a fish pattie, and a triangular prawn bun. The shawarma was warm and soft, with a hint of spice that wasn't too overpowering. It also had a lemony tang to it, which worked very well. The pattie and prawn bun didn't quite match up, tasting like something you’d get in any other bakery. Holding strong to what seems to be a Sri Lankan tradition, they predominantly consisted of boiled potatoes, so it was hard to know if there was any meat in them at all. I think I came across a little prawn in there somewhere.
For drinks and dessert, we ordered an iced coffee, banana milkshake, éclairs, strawberry cheesecake, and a selection of chocolates. The iced drinks were both too milky and not worth writing home about. The strawberry cheesecake looked great, but came wrapped in a cylindrical plastic casing that had to be peeled off. Glazed with strawberry syrup and topped with a few glazed strawberries, the cheesecake had the right, creamy texture as well (once you peeled off the plastic, that is). The creamy dark ganache was our pick of the chocolates. With light and fluffy choux pastry and lots of cream in the middle, the éclair was better than the flat and heavy ones we get in most places.
The ambience over at Thé Cake is chilled out. It’s also slightly reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland tea party with deep, heavy chairs that could possibly double as thrones. Well, a kiddie throne, but a throne nonetheless. It’s not exactly the most comfortable seating if you want to stretch out and relax, but it’s not too bad either. The staff are very friendly, and service is quite fast.
The baked goods are tasty, and the shawarma is commendable. The prices aren’t too heavy on the wallet either, and you could easily get a few things to eat and drink for under Rs 500. It cost us just a little over Rs 2,000 for a prawn bun, a shawarma, a fish pattie, several varieties of confectionery including a bunch of chocolates, and two drinks.