Schakasz is a fun little cafe down Stratford Avenue, next to Gandhara and Barista and the likes, that serves desserts exclusively. Reminds us a little of other small dessert cafes like Yumi Cake and Delish. Our review is just days after they opened and the stuff we sampled was pretty good.
I went full retard at Schakasz and got servings enough for five people. The desserts are all in the Rs. 350-450 range, which is good considering the large portions. The 'Chocolate Madness' was a delicious slice of chocolate cake with chocolate ganache in the icing, and topped with a big strawberry - lots of fun to eat and completely satisfying if you're a chocolate fan, and enough for two to snack on.
The cheesecake here is another winner. It comes in a sweet, big portion, with a thick, soft creamy center, crumbly biscuit and a layer of fruit on top. It's light and very flavoursome.
The panna cotta is a little jar for Rs. 380 - basically layers of sweetened cream and gelatin, one of which was strawberry flavoured. Again, this was very sweet and creamy, very simply put together and finished fast, not as impressive in terms of flavour as the other stuff we had.
The creme brulee, for Rs. 360, was a valiant effort - we don't know any cafes who casually whip up a good creme brulee, it's always a fancy French restaurant or the likes. It wasn't perfect - a creme brulee is very hard to perfect - it didn't arrive hot-hot the way we would have liked it, but still, the hard sugary caramel on top was very fine and cracked delicately to the touch, and the custard underneath was very creamy, rich and would have been perfect if it was also steaming hot.
We also got this gigantic mug of steaming hot chocolate, for Rs. 430. It is seriously a big mug and I couldn't finish it alone. Very chocolatey, not overly sweet, and the best part were the melting marshmallows - should ask for more of these next time. For all my decadence at this place (had to do take-away in the end), I spent Rs. 1950, which is alright considering the rich portions enough to be shared among about four people.
We visited during a not-too-busy hour so were able to comfortably take in Schakasz's cute cafe ambience - basically two long, cushy window seats, with a feel of IKEA in the room.
It's a small, quaint room, so right in front of your seats you get to see the owner and her team at work. Service is one-on-one so they are bound to be attentive to your needs. However if you're here at a busy time - i.e. six people are seated - you're better off doing take-away.
I liked this little water filter full of strawberry-water, from which you can enjoy a refill whenever - a nice touch. I've never had strawberry water, which is exactly what it sounds like - water soaked with sliced strawberries - and it's very refreshing and makes a better substitute to a glass of ordinary water.
Schakasz is a welcome addition to Colombo's gradually growing dessert scene. Run by a home-baker, much like Yumi Cake, quality and attention to detail seem to be a given here. If you're in the neighborhood and feel like some sweet-tooth comfort, this is a good option.
One year down the line, Schakasz has really come into their own, and is one of our favourite dessert spots in Colombo.
Schakasz is a little cafe in Kirulapone exclusively for desserts. They've got everything from creme brulee to chocolate ganache cake, in large portions.
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