“This is the best cheesecake you will ever have in your life. Take my word for it.”
The Naggar Castle had blown my mind. An entire complex crafted in wood with what-must-have-had an exquisite view of the green valley below. They must have dwelled in such luxury and sophistication.
Pondering over places, and their history and people, manages to leave me flabbergasted. I wanted a coffee to tame my thoughts, and a good one. But then I thought, will have to do with whatever I can find in this small town.
As I exited the gate and stood wondering which way to go, a board caught my eye, ‘Homemade Bakery & Coffee Shop’. Really?! Homemade? Ah, well, I have nothing to lose.
Around the bend and very-easy-to-miss, was this tiny shop. Looked more like an antique/craft shop to me, but for its name – Naggar Delight Café. At the counter, stood this very talkative gentleman. I simply ordered a coffee and as I waited, I looked at the goodies in the glass case. He caught my roving eye and the faintest hint of interest that even I would have missed.
It is very easy to tempt travellers with pretty looking food, especially someone like me who is perpetually waiting to gobble up anything new in sight. And he stood there explaining (and marketing). He displayed freshly-baked cakes and croissants; brownies and muffins; and the cheesecake. “Don’t try anything, but at least have the cheesecake. You will not regret it.”
I did not.
True to his word, it is the best cheesecake that I have ever had (and I have had many). And extremely delicious, almost disintegrating, brownie and walnut cake. Each cake was so fresh that I could feel the oven on my tongue. The coffee, equally good. In smallest and quaintest of places, when one is least expecting, stands a nondescript bakery and café.
If you happen to visit Naggar, stop by this tiny café right opposite the castle. Open the jingling door and step inside. Take your time here. Place your order. Sit next to the window facing the road. Read a book or jot down your thoughts in that journal. And treat yourself to some wonderfully brewed coffee, cookies, and cakes. And don’t forget to ask about their special CHEESECAKE.
A version of this story is also published on Tripoto.