Saturday, December 22, 2018

Bratislava: Tea and Cake at the Magical Kormuth Konditorei

This cafe has a spectacular interior design showcase of artistic details in Renaissance style. To me, it's simply, wow!

I managed to find this historical and magical patisserie cafe during my lunch walk around town on my second day, just before taking the limousine back to Vienna Airport.

Well, I was actually looking for a place for lunch when I passed by this place. I was quick to notice the fascinating interior of this cafe; the walls and ceilings were extraordinarily decorated with paintings and frescoes in Renaissance style. Wow.

Upon closer inspection and after speaking to the waiter guarding the entrance, I realised that the cafe doubles up as a museum. To enter and to get to enjoy the one-of-a-kind interior (and take pictures), one would need to pay by taking one of the two tasting menus available.

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There are 2 tasting menus available for guests. The first one is priced at EUR 10 which is a choice of cake (or torte or ice cream) and drink (coffee, tea or hot chocolate). The second is priced at EUR 15 which is the same as the first option plus a glass of prosecco.

I knew what to take and that was the first option.

Yours truly with my cake and a pot of hot tea.

The awkward thing about this cafe is that it really is not your usual cafe joint in Bratislava and many people don't seem to get this right away. Everyone passing by thinks, except for its pretty interior, it's just like any other cafe that you can go inside freely. It is not. It's primarily a museum that functions as a patisserie cafe as well. Perhaps it was a normal cafe before and I can only surmise that the owner adjusted his business model because many people going in are not buying, instead, they are taking pictures and hugging the traffic of the cafe. Well, that's my intelligent guess anyway.

So, a guest can only go in past the sharply dressed waiter who guards the entrance like a hawk, if you pay for the tasting menu. Fair enough.

There is definitely room for improvement for this cafe museum to convey this elemental message better to the public. The waiter guarding the entrance does his job very well though, making sure there are no visitors getting in for free. He is a jolly fellow who speaks several languages and is very knowledgeable about the patisserie cafe's history. However, he may come across brusque and a cavalier to some people, especially in combination with the upfront payment concept of this cafe.

The cake counter has a delicious display of cakes in different flavours already cut in ready serving sizes. My eyes were set on the scrumptious-looking blueberry icing cake with fresh blueberries on top. I ordered this to go with my pot of Earl Grey tea. Oh, I love blueberries and I can't wait to eat this!

When I sat down, I was served with vintage porcelain from England. The waiter told me that their antique porcelain set collections are a hundred years old and they all come from England or Germany. The collection was quite impressive, they all have the Victorian touch and every bit of flowery detail on them with gold plating on the edges. But the gorgeous Renaissance surroundings make the whole cafe-ing experience here at Kormuth Konditorei even better, definitely pushing it to a different level.

The interior design is just hands down, epic and magical. In fact, this place reminds me of my visit to the dairy shop, "Dresdner Molkerei Gebrüder Pfunds" in Dresden, Germany a year ago.

The blueberry icing cake was very delicious, I could easily gobble another slice if I am not watching my waistline, but half an hour later, I saw the very same cake in very similar packaging in another cafe. I believe I saw it in 2 cafes even. So I do have my own reservations to be honest, although a bit too late I guess. Kormuth Konditorei either makes the cakes and deliver to other cafes or their cakes are supplied by a third party patisserie bakeshop. I guess there is nothing wrong with that, I suppose, huh?

Nonetheless, you really come here for the amazing Renaissance-style interior design and the vintage china they have. The cakes are just second reason. So still very much highly recommended!

The pictures that I took:

The historical cafe is not to be missed. It is located on the busy main pedestrian street (Sedlarksa) in Bratislava Old Town. There are usually people gathered outside mesmerised and confused at the same time, haha.

The waiter guarding the entrance. The patisserie cafe has many rooms but only at the forefront of the cafe is open to the public. I remember the waiter telling me that the owner lives above and at the back of the cafe.

Scrumptious-looking cakes. I believe you can buy them separately as well, however locally, they are on the expensive side. This is really tourist prices. 

The details are just amazing, the cafe even has a stained glass window with designs that can rival those in a church. On the lefthand-side photo is the back part of the cafe (its big!) which is closed to the public. I think they only open this for special events.

This is the main shop and reception of the cafe patisserie.

The beautiful China porcelain and glassware set collections that the cafe uses to serve its guests. They are the real deal I believe.

Some of the guests willing to pay EUR 10 or EUR 15 for the tasting menu. Some tourists shy away from the price because you can get half of this price a similar set in another cafe, but surely not the same experience. EUR 10 isn't really much.

This is a painting detail on the wall. Don't ask me who they are but its beautiful.

My light lunch actually. A delicious blueberry cake with a pot of Earl Grey tea and a wedge of lemon served in a royal porcelain set. Oh, I love it.

I love cakes when they are not too sweet, so the mixed with blueberry cream filling and the fresh blueberries went well with the chocolate cake.

The cafe patisserie is selling a cafe experience in an exquisite surroundings for a set price.

Travel Period: May 2018
Destination: Bratislava, Slovakia

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