Remember my latest post to the Ripe Market in Zabeel Park where I stumbled upon this little custard filled cutie?
Well that little Totoro cutie (as well the hello kitty and choco melon bread I tried) were so scrumptious I made it my mission to find the proper Yamanote store and try every delicious treat I could get my paws on.
With the lovely help of Katie we set off on the daunting task of satisfying our sweet tooths at this Japanese bakery.
I know guys – we really took one for the team.
But I think you’ll like what we found.
We sure did.
Take a look at the adorable pastel bakery that is Yamanote Atelier.
Nestled in along the front strip of Al Wasl Square shops Yamanote my be easily overlooked with its soft blue exterior.
However if you enter once, you’ll never overlook it again.
Inside, big glass walls let in plenty of Dubai’s bright sun that bounce off the soft colors of all the directly imported Japanese table wear and gifts that occupies the shelves.
And oh the smell. Fresh baked pastries, sugar and eye widening coffee beans lift the scenes.
The shops center piece is is an island of baskets filled with breads and pastries.
Be warned – some of these may be unbearably cute to eat.
Who can resist a Hello Kitty ?
There are also plenty of savory treats to smile about.
Like any proper bakery you can find fresh bread.
Baguettes are all well and good but how about some Japanese bread infused with green tea?
Want to know their full story on this fusion bakery?
Just read the wall.
But now it’s time for the sweet and sticky stuff.
The reason we are here.
Grab your tray, tongs and appetite.
We circled and circled around the little woven baskets carefully making or decisions.
Each basket of goodies has a little name tag attached to let you know what each pastry is filled with so there is no risky guessing involved.
Just look at how beautiful and delicate these are.
An icing of cream and rosewater topped with pistachio nuts and rose.
When your tray is piled high take a seat.
Is that not the most deliciously inviting table you’ve ever seen?
Totoro (stuffed with a light cream // Hello Kitty (nutella filled) // cinnamon roll with icing //cream bun // choco melon bun //corune (the twisty one with chocolate cream inside)
coffee crumble roll // salted caramel croissant // rose croissant // curry doughnut // savarin (the one with the little red top) // blueberry croissant // yamanote croissant
And some gorgeous coffees to wash it all down.
A Chai Caramel Latte for me and the Yin Yang Mocha for Katie.
As for that little guy on the blue tray – we will share it with you near the end (must save the best for last you know).
Without wasting a second we jumped in.
I started with the blueberry croissant. It’s fresh jelly and custard center was singing my name.
Katie got started on her own little Totoro which she agreed is an instant favorite.
Followed closely by the cinnamon roll.
Like Katie I also went for a cinnamon cake (the coffee crumble roll). This one is new.
Soft and completed with a sweet swirl.
Pair this with a coffee, hop on the complimentary wifi or open a good book and you can nibble away happily letting the day pass by.
Sipping, chatting and munching away the bright sun filled bakery was turning into its own little slice of Dubai heaven.
Deciding what to try next in her selection Katie moved on to sample the cream bun.
Just look at that custardtration.
While Katie happily nibbled away at her tasty choice I cut into this little beauty.
If you’ve been to Yamanote before, you know this one is well worth raving about.
A sweet crumbly pastry with a dollop of custard cream in the center that is topped with a little square slice of cream cheese – the Yamanote croissant.
The semi- savory cream cheese center left me ready to try the most savory morsel I’d selected from the little baskets (though this one is actually presented in a wok) –
The curry doughnut.
It’s well worth a try – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
These little flaky fried balls of curry are so rich in flavor it only takes two bites to feel like you’ve eaten a whole meal.
If you want to try something new add one of these to your tray – they are curryazy.
Katie of course is always able to keep perfect photo ready face even in the most tasty of situations.
No when it comes to taste one thing you cannot leave Yamanote without is the pièce de résistance …
Remember that little blue tray I told you we would get to later? Well now it’s time.
This little special treat is hidden behind the counter in the glass display case.
Beautifully presented with fresh whip and berries this is something you still wont find anywhere else in Dubai.
The light, fluffy and angel soft Yamannote soufflé cheese cake.
It’s as good as it looks.
And don’t forget the fresh whip.
Yep, that’s right.
This is go good it deserved three photo videos (you know you liked them).
Scraping up the last of the soufflé cheese we nibbled on the remainder of our treats.
The cherry topped savarin was a tad bit dry for my taste but the salted caramel croissant quickly made up for it.
I dare say it was my favorite (closely followed by the rose croissant).
Loving our selection of treats we decided we wouldn’t return home empty handed.
Taking clean trays we grabbed a few treats for the (very lucky) boys. Katie even selected a whole roll cake from behind the counter.
The staff (who are very friendly and pastry experts should you need assistance in your selection – I did) pack it all up into cute little boxes and bags for the road.
Overall a wonderful experience that left both Katie and me impressed and planning to return soon.
There really is just something about discovering gems like Yamanote in Dubai.
Join Me !