I have always wondered why The November Bakery was just different. Well their cakes and bakes aren’t aren’t made out of gold nor are they fat-free, but if you’ve been to November you’d understand what I’m talking about. We have roughly 100 good bakeries in Kuwait; 99 of them offer everything you think you’ll find in a bakery but one of them doesn’t.
So I got this invitation from November 2 weeks ago for a testing/tasting session exploring new desserts to be launched soon (hopefully). They’ve been working on new desserts and perfecting their exquisite ones which they already offer. As I was getting ready for that night (and precisely under the shower), I started to ask myself why doesn’t November bake the usual sought after desserts like regular strawberry cheesecakes and other fruit oriented desserts? Why did I have he feeling that November focuses on chocolate oriented / English cake and other older generation cravings and disregarded the fatty nutella/commercial younger generation oriented sweets? I did over generalize the last statement but I wanted some answers from the owner!!
I walk in The November Company (Tilal Complex) fashionably late as usual, and to my luck I spotted friends and relatives directly – wiping out the self-introduction task which I don’t like very much. Having just finished a seafood meal at home, I was craving desserts, and that’s all I found! To be frank, there were items which I felt were average, while others were stunningly delicious. I won’t call it food porn because people will argue it was more like a graceful munch.
I was really glad that the owners were enthusiastic to hear out comments and critiques, not that the was much of the latter but I do remember having only one comment about a dessert that was served when it seemed that they spotted the issue before I even finished raising the comment.
What I loved?
Coffee Crumble: (2nd photo) overheard someone say was prepared with espresso shots! If I’m not mistaken it did have peanut butter somewhere there (my personal favorite of the night).
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake bar: (3rd photo) was voted the best amongst attendees.
Hasuni Cake: (1st photo) usually a full sized cake, but this time cupcake sized. With bananas & Nuts. Complements the 11:45am cup of tea you have at the office; or coffee!
Strawberry & Raspberry Chocolate parfait: Fruits! Something I’ve never tried – a mini cake inside a tiny glass with cream and berries on top!
Last but not least and gladly before I left I discussed with the owner the topic I kicked-off this post with. Why are you different? But before that question left my lips I totally agreed that the direction The November Bakery took is what makes them special. The owner just confirmed this clash of thoughts inside my head. Born and raised with an English background, the taste, touch, and scent of November is everything about their lives. You want candy, sugar, and colored sweets go to any of the 99 bakeries around town. Want to add quality calories? You’re welcome.