I hate to say it, but L'Aroma Cafe habitually leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Everything seems a dollar or two overpriced, which for small items is a whole lot, the staff is not all that friendly, and their adorable little sandwiches are pre-made. (I know this because once I asked to have one of the sandwiches without cheese - blasphemy, I know - and the response was that they could take the cheese off for me. On a subsequent visit I tried it with the cheese and liked it, so problem solved, although I think the sandwiches would taste better if made to order.) Many of their pastries and drinks are very tasty, though, and it's steps from my office, so I really try to like L'Aroma.
Today, a couple co-workers and I arrived looking for some 3pm sustenance. Surprise! Cupcakes! We had never seen cupcakes there before, so as intrepid cupcake questers, we got two: a normal-sized "filled" cupcake (more on that soon) and a mini cupcake. Strike one - they were refrigerated, resulting in cold, hard frosting and way-too-dense cake.
First, let's talk about the "filled" cupcake, which turned out to be a vanilla cake with a couple chunks of chocolate in it...literally a couple. They charged $3.25 for this normal-sized and boring-tasting specimen. Boo. It looked pretty from the outside, at least, with a cute squiggle of chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles.
|Photo by Joy Uyeno|
Note: Cafe L'Aroma has adorable tables.
The mini cupcake - chocolate with vanilla frosting - was on the softer side (both the cake and the frosting). The cake tasted fine, but the frosting had the same issue as the chocolate frosting on the bigger cupcake: absorption of neighboring flavors.
|This one was a little better. Bonus points for cuteness.|