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Restaurant review: Let Them Eat Cake, Paphos

By Nan Mackenzie

I freely admit to having suffered since childhood from Akrasi, which in ancient Greek means having a weakness of will, mine is for cake. That said, I have absolutely zero guilt in my lack of willpower to pass a cake shop, quite the reverse as I am always guaranteed pure, unadulterated pleasure as my fork scoops up a delicious, dark, sticky, dense slice of ginger cake or digs into the whipped, toasted topping on a lemon meringue pie.

Regardless of what others may tell you, there are also some obvious health benefits in eating cake – the positive chemicals the body releases when experiencing the pure joy of doing so, plus there is very little in this world that can’t be made better by eating a slice of cake.

Imagine my delight upon hearing Paphos now boasts a venue which combined all (well, most) of my weaknesses under one roof – savoury snacks, alcohol, excellent coffee, plus a range of delicious home-made cakes.

Walk into Let them Eat Cake and glance at the customers viewing the goodies held within the glass display cabinet – in their eyes there can be seen an almost dreamy look as they spot their target edible delight, be it the banana cream or lush key lime pie, maybe it’s the deeply sensual, murky, mysterious, but magnificent Mississippi chocolate mud pie or the subtle yet Moorish American baked cheesecake.

Here the cupcake display is akin to a parade of pretty ballerinas, ably partnered by a layered cake offering multiple taste delights of pineapple and banana, smothered in homemade cream cheese frosting topped with walnuts.

The powerful seductress behind this sweet retreat is Souzana Anastasi, a rather lovely hospitable young lady who bakes all the cakes and is probably the only woman cake maker in Cyprus to boast a master’s degree in Art History plus a degree in European law.
She, like so many other clever youngsters upon returning to Cyprus after studying in America, found few if any openings were available to her, so, undeterred, she turned what was a hobby into a profession and with the support of her family opened Let them Eat Cake in July. And she has a genuine passion to serve the very best at a price that won’t make your eyes bleed.
Souzana is progressing slowly but steadily into developing both an afternoon and proper high tea menu (pancakes/ scones lathered in cream and jam number). She already has on board the best local wineries and beer drinkers can now enjoy a glass of Aphrodite rock beer with her range of imaginative salads, from salmon steak with mango salsa, a chicken blue cheese and avocado, plus a vegetarian option. Sandwiches come with roasted chicken and a fried egg, there’s a burger special served on a pretzel bun and not forgetting her homage to her much loved NYC there is a smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato and onion with capers on a bagel.

Soon there will also be gluten free goodies and cake specially made for those with a sugar intolerance. The coffee is excellent and the venue itself provides huge scope for Souzana’s love of art as it offers a long wall for hanging paintings and photographs. It’s a lovely lounging place with comfy sofas and chairs, very comfortable, and welcoming and if I had to sum it up in a few lines it would read like this: Let Them Eat Cake is a place to meet and eat… cake, a place to have lunch then have cake, where you can go for an evening and enjoy a snack a glass of wine then eat… cake.

WHERE Let Them Eat Cake, close to the Ethnographical museum, Paphos
CONTACT 99 313151
PRICE €3 upwards

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