SeaSweet patisserie serves a mix of Lebanese sweets and other cakes. I really enjoyed their qashta, so I’m pleased that the chain is planning more locations in Sydney. The current patisserie is in Parramatta. SeaSweet operates cafes in Lebanon and is extending to Australia, a good sign that Middle Eastern sweets are becoming more popular here.
A long glass counter on one side of SeaSweet is filled with piles of baclava and other Lebanese treats. The other side has a selection of European style cakes. They serve icecream too. In contrast to the large area taken by the sweet treats the seating area seems small. Lots of people must take their desserts home with them. The interior is very white, with a decorative wall at the back with a glittery pattern. With my mind on sweets it reminded me of sprinkles on icing.
We sat down to look at the menu. James had already spotted a round chocolate boule on his way in, so it didn’t take long to confirm his choice. I was looking for something gluten free, so I asked the waitress what kashta (qashta) was. She explained that it is like very rich cream or soft cheese. She also said that it is pronounced something like “ashta”, explaining that “the K is kind of silent”. How exciting to find a new sweet treat! I ordered a platter of fruit and qashta.
James’ boule arrived first.
It was like a round mudcake with sultanas.
Then came my platter which, I must admit, was probably intended for two people.
Yum! The qashta was topped with honey, fruit and nuts. The mango was ripe and luscious. There was other fruit too, strawberries, kiwifruit, pineapple and rockmelon. None of them could live up to the mango, but the strawberries were pretty good. The nuts were blanched almonds and crushed pistachios which went well with the honey and qashta. This was a great dessert.
I’ll leave you with some pictures of the other sweets on offer. Fruit tarts…
…and celebration cakes. SeaSweet certainly has a broad range of treats.
Ratings (out of 5 snorts)