Let’s face it. People are especially touchy about their Ramadan dessert-habits; your so-called best friend will never really share with you where they got those incredible Nutella atayef that you enjoyed at their latest Iftar gathering. It royally sucks, because, we all need that something sweet once you break a long day of fasting!
For this reason, we bring you some incredible dessert destinations to choose from for the Holy Month. May all of your atayef, basbousa, and konafa be incredibly delicious, and hopefully, not so fattening.
Salé Sucré Pâtisserie
The famous destination for all things savory and sweet has finally opened its doors in Kuwait’s Salmiya district. Salé Sucré has been open in Egypt since 1999, followed by the United Arab Emirates. At Salé Sucré, it’s all about quality and taste at great value, ranging from their wide range of French and Oriental sweets to their savory baked goods. This Ramadan, make sure to try Salé Sucré’s famous Konafa Bel Manga (Mango Konafa; Konafa is a traditional cream dessert encrusted with sweet angel-hair noodles), an addictive dessert that will surely wow your guests after Iftar, as they only use fresh ingredients in their daily preparation of this dessert, as well as all of their products. Let this description sink in, and you will thank us once you’ve tried it: Crispy konafa with a perfect crunch, layered with fresh cream whipped to perfection and topped off with fresh mangos for an impeccable balance of sweetness.
Al-Hallab & Sons (Kasr el Helou)
There’s nothing quite like visiting Lebanon’s famous palace of sweets, better known here as Al-Hallab & Sons. The Lebanese homegrown brand is one of the country’s most prized treasures, and its availability in Kuwait brought endless delights to the local palate. This Ramadan, you will NEVER go wrong with their mouthwatering cheese or Ashta (fresh cream) Knefe (That’s Kunafa to all of you non-lebanese readers) to be served alongside a Dallah of freshly brewed Arabic coffee.
You can find Al-Hallab & Sons at The Souk at The Avenues. For more information, follow Al-Hallab & Sons in Kuwait on Instagram @hallabkw. For delivery orders, please call 2220 1881.
Nagwa Dessert Shop
Previously known as Hail W Zafaran, Nagwa Dessert Shop by the famous culinary gurus at MMC Catering offers all sorts of Arabic sweets. Just in time for Ramadan, any visit to Nagwa will fill your heart with joy, especially when you see their traditional Kuwaiti desserts such as Darabeel or Qrs Ogaili. Their stores offer a dizzying display of all the different sweets, cakes, biscuits, truffles and dates that you could ever wish for. Their gift baskets, or ready-packaged baskets, are perfect for your upcoming ghabqas, daily family Iftars, and even that indulgent late night snack. You can customize your orders for certain occasions if you wish to do so.
Nagwa is located in Salmiya, Salem Al Mubarak Street (2575 6483), Dasman close to Baking Tray (2226 6879), Jabriya (2532 9232), Kuwait International Airport (2434 6032) and Kaifan (2492 3909). You can follow them on Instagram @nagwakuwait.
With creations like Pistachio and Date Truffles, and Caramel Brownie Trifles, how can you ever go wrong? We’re not asking you to give in to your inner dessert monster, but we do ask you to show some restraint. You can’t? Fine, then just make sure you indulge at Absolute Chocolate. Co-owned by self-confessed chocoholic Laila Al-Mukhtar, Absolute Chocolate is a small artisanal chocolaterie and bakery, yet their offerings deliver unforgettable flavors.
For more information, follow Absolute Chocolate on Instagram @absolutechocolate. The chocolaterie is located in Dar Al-Awadhi, Sharq. Please call 6633 6399 for orders or inquiries.
This quaint little bakery located in Salmiya is serving up a dangerously delicious dessert for Ramadan, The Basbousa Cake, filled with rose-flavored cream and topped with edible flowers, ground-up pistachios and shredded coconut. This creation also arrives in three sizes: large, medium, and individual cup cake sizes! They even experimented further with the classic basbousa, creating moist little cakes filled with cream. They even offer their take on the date truffle, with walnuts, dates, cereal, all of which are drenched in chocolate – nom!
Baked is located in Salmiya, call or Whatsapp 9898 9048 for more information.