November has three locations at the Al
Tilal Complex. They have things by November, which sells flowers, gifts
and home accessories, hand-selected from around the world. Then of course they
have the November Bakery, where they take the finest ingredients and
turn them into fabulous confectionery creations and finally, their third
location is where their office is based, but also where you can go to
experience a tailor-made event solution. This would be November
recently had a tasting of new delicacies and bazaar was invited, with a horde of hungry bloggers,
to sample and offer feedback. The tasting brought together all the elements
of the ‘November
experience’ from the décor to the design and finally, the food itself. As Bibi
Hayat, Founder and Creative Director, told us before we sat down, she was
trying out a few new things in an attempt to deliver healthier takes on baking
so some of the items would feature unusual ingredients - apple sauce and prune
puree instead of butter, almond flour instead of flour. It would be our job to
try and discern those desserts that she’d played with from the traditionally
room that awaited us was one of glistening glassware and shimmering candlelight.
The warm and welcoming ambiance generated was one of chic luxury and tasteful
elegance. After being given pen and paper and asked to take a seat, we were
asked to sample each new dessert and write down our thoughts (good or bad).
From our feedback two or three items would make it from the tasting and onto
the menu at November
Bakery. I suppose
there are worse ways to spend an evening.
up was the ‘Hasooni’, named after Bibi’s brother as it is his favorite dessert
- banana nut cake with a sweet cream cheese frosting. Then we tried their
homemade Oreo cookies, created as so many recipes call for Oreos and they don’t
want to be forced to rely on other brands for their own creations. Then came a
pair of truffles, one lemon coconut and one Mahalabiya date. The former was my
favorite dessert of the evening and I really hope it makes it onto the menu!
Chocolate chip cookie cheesecake fused two great desserts in new way and the
mountain of Rice Krispie balls added a new dimension as we were asked to pluck
one from the display. The chocolate fudge brownie was one of the desserts
featuring prunes instead of butter and honestly, it’s not noticeable. The
coffee crumble served as a pick-me-up as it was packed with espresso and was
delicious. Topping it all off was a strawberry and raspberry chocolate parfait.
next time you’re in Al Tilal Complex drop by November Bakery and
see which items made the cut and are on sale. Then pop around the corner and
pick up a few things for the house at things by November. And
if you’re planning an event, then you’ll be hard pressed to find the attention
to detail and sheer luxury of November Events.