A while back we visited Nithan Thai, and wrote all about it. Today we share with you what’s going on in its backyard. BackDoor by Sunny is an Asian inspired bakery which is located, you guessed it right, right at the back of Nithan Thai. The bakery was opened a few months ago by Sunny Deri, one of the most esteemed pastry chefs in Israel today. Since our visit, though, Deri decided to leave due to “incompatibility with Nithan Thai’s chef” according to Time Out magazine (Hebrew).
I’ve been wanting to visit here for a very long time. I was missing these Asian flavors, especially in deserts, ever since our travels in Tokyo and Korea. We had taken a day off to do some arrangements and so I decided to seize the opportunity and start our morning here. We arrived at around 10:00, and the place was quiet except for a few people sitting outside, smoking.
We feasted our eyes on all the pastries, sandwiches and cakes available on display. There are many options, both sweet and savory.
We ended up ordering two cups of cappuccino, Banana Rotti, Matcha Yuzu cake and Dashi and Leek Quiche. Some of the pastries required heating and so we were invited to have a seat outside until those will be brought to us.
We headed outside to sit at one of the tables. The bakery is clean, neat, organized and well lit, which stands in complete contrast to what’s going on outside. If you choose to drink your coffee here (Not that there’s any other option, except for take-away), you’ll find yourself enveloped in cigarette smoke, surrounded by an array of junk, hanging electricity lines and parked bicycles as befitting a true backyard, rather than a cafe.
The Matcha Yuzu cake and Dashi and Leek Quiche were both very good, however, the much-spoken-of Banana Rotti pastry was somewhat of a disappointment. It tasted pretty much like any banana with Hashachar chocolate I could have made at home.
If you plan to visit, I warmly recommend to take to-go. At its current state, the place is not really welcoming to have a sit in. I do hope they will take care of the mess outside and try to make the yard as inviting as the bakery itself.
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