Odette Tea Room, Śródmieście Północne, Warsaw
I was happy to see so many fantastic desserts in my time in Warsaw. I wouldn’t have picked it as such a foodie hotspot. Odette Tea Room is the second branch of the Odette chain of restaurants (the other one is called Odette Confectionary). There’s a charming vibe even though it’s a more corporate feel of a location as the other store. It wasn’t busy at my visit, so I had plenty of time to assess which of the pastries and cakes I would get to try. Unfortunately the answer couldn’t be all of them.
The setting is elegant and it’s nice to take a moment to yourself whilst at Odette. Each of the cakes are around about the 15zl mark. I went for the namesake Odette 2.0; this is a milk chocolate cream infused with Earl Grey tea, passionfruit and banana cremeux, feuilletine and hazelnut sponge. This is me transcribing the description above. All sounds good right about now.
I liked the mix. The flavours were a bit more subtler that I would have liked, but I still rate it as an inspired mix and worthwhile sampling. There’s a mix of contrasts. Golden colours with subtle strokes of edible paint on the caramel chocolate. Even though eating this only takes mere minutes you can appreciate all the effort and time placed upon each layer. The Early Grey is very subtle, so even if you’re not a fan it doesn’t take away from the caramely and honey notes of the main mix.
Service was sweet and top notch at the Odette Team Room, like the patisserie. The store originally started as a concept combining the confectionary shop and the tea shop. A perfectly inspired combination. As well as the petit gateaux, cakes, macarons, muffins and confectionary there’s a huge range of Blanca Tea on offer.
All of the food looked so good and I will need to come back with a buddy so I can try a few more of their offerings. There’s also Batida in town which may have slightly more fanfare, as it picked up a few awards. I slightly preferred Odette, but that could have been done to the particular selection.