Miss Pavlova, Baixa, Porto
How exciting it is to find a pavlova-focused eatery here in Porto! That puts us to shame in both Australia and New Zealand. We all fight for who invented the dessert but rarely celebrate it on a mass market scale. The cardboard box goodness instead is reserved for special occasions, but doesn’t always feel so special. Here in Porto, Miss Pavlova is changing that for the cafe scene and making us all excited for the meringue-based dessert all over again.
I’m thinking to myself… I have no idea when the last pavlova I had was. It’s a special dessert in every Kiwis’ heart. Meringue lightness topped with heavy cream and delicious fresh fruits (and occasionally canned if it was a bad night). There’s a wicked goodness to the mix of sugar, dairy and zest that makes this cake (?) worth fighting over.
Here in Porto the name gives away the game: Miss Pavlova is all about pavlovas and other sweet, indulgent treats. There’s quite a range on offer, although the one I wanted the most was the sold out (argh!): banoffee with white meringue, caramelised banana, toffee, cream with lemon and chocolate shavings. That sounded so wonderful. So instead I go for the most lux of the options: the black forest pavlova slice (€3,50) which has a brownie base, berries, chocolate disc, chocolate meringue and cream.
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It’s a fun play on the familiar pavlova, I’ve never seen it served with a brownie base. It works really well. The chewy, heavy bottom might not be the most natural fit, but you get two tastes and both delight The price is excellent and you can afford to splurge out on multiple slices and try a few things (especially if you’re here with a friend). The Mr Brunch side of the cafe offers more traditional breakfast and lunch items.
Oh, and I can’t forget: getting to Miss Pavlova is fun in itself. It’s (only slightly) hidden at the back of a cute gift shop which is worth visiting in it’s own right. Expensive but quirky objects and things. I was quite excited to hit Miss Pavlova and now I’m quite excited about this Kiwi dessert all over again (it is Kiwi, no-one tell me otherwise, please and thank you).