Caffè Gambrinus • Naples

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Caffè Gambrinus - entrance.
Caffè Gambrinus – entrance.

A couple of reasons helped me to decide picking Caffè Gambrinus for a quick stop:

  • Their absolutely beautiful and charming in-store decoration, (with a classy and vintage look)
  • To try an authentic Naples cappuccino,
  • And to finally have a Sfogliatelle (traditional Neapolitan pastry) – a flaky pastry stuffed with a delicious ricotta cream.
Sfogliatelle Riccia.
Sfogliatelle riccia.

My order

We both decided to have a cup of coffee there and get the sfogliatelle for take away.
Here is the complete order:

  • Hubby: caffe del nonno – espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
  • Mine: Italian cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.
  • To share: sfogliatelle riccia and sfogliatelle frolla.
Caffe Del Nonno - espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
Caffe del nonno – espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
Italian Cappuccino - double espresso and steamed milk foam.
Italian cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.

You may not know but there are two main types of sfogliatelle:

Sfogliatelle frolla (rounded) and Sfogliatelle riccia (curly).
Of course, I decided to try them both. But here is the difference between them:

Sfogliatelle riccia (the curly one): the crust is some sort of puff pastry (using lard instead of butter), crunchy and flaky.
The filling is not super sweet, made of a mixture of semolina, ricotta, eggs, sugar, candied citrus and cinnamon.
You must eat it still warm, preferrably fresh out the oven.

Sfogliatelle frolla (the rounded one): uses pasta frolla (shortbread crust) instead of the flaky sfoglia crust.
The filling is pretty much the same; a mixture of semolina, ricotta, eggs, sugar, candied citrus and cinnamon.

Sfogliatelle Riccia and Sfogliatelle Frolla.
Sfogliatelle riccia and sfogliatelle frolla (on the right).
Sfogliatelle Frolla.
Sfogliatelle frolla in detail.
Sfogliatelle Riccia.
Sfogliatelle riccia in detail.

Everything was very good.

I personally liked the sfogliatelle frolla better, its pastry is more my type of thing.
No words for its filling though, definitely something from heaven.

I had it again as a pie filling on one of my train trips, simply delicious!

The verdict

The place architecture is beautiful, coffee and pastry equally good. However, they get packed due to its central location!

There is always a waiting line for seating and waiters tend to get a bit distracted.
So in case you are short in time just place your order directly at the counter.

Interesting enough, they charge €0.50 to use their toilets, even if you ordered something.
Unusual, but kinda understandable due to the number of tourists in the surroundings.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/ZQEvqxT4vgx

More information: www.grancaffegambrinus.com/en/


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Naples.

100% Chocolate Cafe | Ginza – Tokyo

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100% Chocolate Cafe entrance
100% Chocolate Cafe entrance

100% Chocolate Cafe is a store owned by Meiji, a traditional Japanese chocolate brand. There you will find desserts, chocolate drinks, and an incredible variety of 56 chocolate flavours! That’s right, I have the proof on the image below. 😛

Chocolate options
Chocolate options

There is a huge range of different flavours, grouped by: cacao beans (1-22), different sweeteners (23-26), different types of milk (27-33), Japanese flavours (34-40), European taste (41-50) and Cacao history (51-56). I don’t know how to read Japanese, but I believe each tablet has 14 grams of chocolate.

My order

It was extremely hard to choose. I simply love chocolate and unusual flavours, so the combination of both was a tremendous challenge for me. In the end here’s what I got:

  • Wasabon (26) – a type of Japanese sweetener.
  • Maccha (34) – a Japanese herb.
  • Yomogi (37) – another Japanese herb.
  • Cinnamon (52).
  • Cacao 95% (54).
My pretty bag. :D
My pretty bag. 😀
My choices were Wasabon, Maccha, Yomogi, Cinnamon, and Cacao 95%
My choices were Wasabon, Maccha, Yomogi, Cinnamon, and Cacao 95%

About the chocolate itself, I’m quite happy with my choices; chocolate pieces of good quality, not fatty and you could hear the chocolate snap when biting it. The flavours are mild as well, so if you are afraid of trying something you think you may not like, no need for that as the cocoa flavour is more prominent on it than the added element.

OK, except for the cinnamon one… I could swear it had some sugar crystals in it, so I’m not sure whether this is a Japanese thing or simply that the chocolate did not survive perfectly the trip back – yes, I ate them back here in Australia – it wasn’t expired, though.

The verdict

In case your are a chocolate lover like I’m, it is definitely a place to go. You can have a dessert, drink something, or just buy some of these chocolates as a little souvenir from Japan 🇯🇵.

About the English: There is an English menu and staff can communicate just a little in English.

Total bill: Unfortunately I don’t remember how much it was, but I do remember they had special prices depending on the quantity you buy.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/7fWXvKgbVrw

More information: www.meiji.co.jp/sweets/choco-cafe/