Häzelñut House Lovely Basket of Treats

By | January 22, 2014

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I’ve come to know about The Hazelnut House about a month ago when a friend of mine told me about them. I’ve always wanted to go, in fact I have a long overdue list of new restaurants and cafes that I want to check out, but then travelling and the hibernation period I found myself in somehow got in my way until I heard a knock on my door with this lovely basket of goodies from none other but Hazelnut House themselves!

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The wicker basket, the logo, the way Hazelnut is written “Häzelñut”, all somehow gave me a feel of a little cafe in a quaint Swiss village nestled somewhere over the Alps. I haven’t been to Hazelnut House yet but I have a feeling its going to be a cosey place.

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The most important thing however is how the food taste, which is what I was about to discover as I tore at the overflowing basket.

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The first thing you notice are the jars. Two big glass jars, one filled with cream or yoghurt and fruits and the other with something chocolate-y!

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The taller jar with the fruits was a fruit parfait: layers of zero fat greek yoghurt, pomegranate, and crunchy granola.

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I had the fruit parfait for dinner and it was lovely! Exactly what you’d expect from a fresh and light fruit parfait. The greek yoghurt in particular was excellent: thick, dense, and tangy. It doesn’t feel like zero fat at all for it was really creamy. The granola was the cherry on top, simply perfect and highly recommended as a healthy treat.

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What I’d recommend as a not-so-healthy and quite naughty treat however would be what’s inside the second jar, which is the… Nutella mousse!

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The naughty, naughty, NAUGHTY Nutella mousse!

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For the millionths time on this blog I’m typing down this sentence: I am not a fan of Nutella! However, after taking a single spoonful of this fluffy, air-light, heap of chocolaty mousse with some chewy crunchy bits of something thrown in as a surprise I am beginning to rethink my statement! It was, simply put, quite scrumptious!

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Perhaps I don’t like Nutella per-say but I like it if it was an ingredient in something else where it doesn’t dominate the flavour? I’m going to research that. Meanwhile, I swear I only intended to take a spoonful of the Nutella mousse jar but after a few seconds I realised half the jar was gone and my husband was protesting because the mousse was his and not mine! I wonder where he got that idea from? It is my blog after all!

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After a little tug-of-war debacle I had to let go of the Nutella mousse jar and focus my attention on something else. Well, there was a little teensy pot labeled Bannoffee and I have an addiction to anything bannoffee and therefore it makes perfect sense that I drowned my sorrow at losing the Nutella mousse jar war by reaching out to the bannoffee pot.

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Err… the Bannoffee was gone in two bites because two bites it was only, but those two bites were extremely good! I didn’t much feel the “toffee” in the Bannoffee but it was creamy and delicious and everything you’d want from a teensy pot of dessert. I wish all desserts came in similar sized pots, that way we could avoid temptation. One thing I didn’t like is the Bannoffee crust though, it was too hard and clung to the bottom of the pot like there was no tomorrow. I couldn’t take it out, nor could I break it so I left it where it was. It was that stubborn.

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My head was buzzing with sugar after sampling those desserts but I still had a basketful of goodies to go through. There were cookies, rocky road bars, brownie bites, three different kinds of truffles, and blondies if I’m not mistaken.

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The cookies were OK, a bit on the greasy side and not as chewy as I usually like my cookies to be. The brownie bites however were lovely, fudgy and chewy the way brownies are supposed to be made and I dare you not to finish the little bag of four once you take a bite of one.

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I mentioned that there are three kinds of truffles in the basket. The first one, and the only one I managed to photograph, is the pistachio truffle. I didn’t taste it myself for I am not a pistachio fan at all but my husband was in love.

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Now the reason why there are no photographs of the other two types of truffles is that, well, err, I devoured them before I took their picture. In my defence I was meaning to photograph them half bitten, but then they disappeared and all hope of them being photographed would be by x-raying my stomach. One was an Earl Grey tea truffle -yes, Earl Grey which is something I’m addicted to and needs to be used more in food dishes IMO- and the other was a Nutella truffle and I know I said I’m not a fan of Nutella but it was all liquidy and simply flowed like a velvet river everywhere. Needless to say I highly recommend their truffles.

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Hazelnut House are not only about hazelnut-infused desserts but they offer salads, sandwiches, pastas, and more! They have a take away menu but I don’t think they do delivery yet. I’m so looking forward to trying their savoury dishes, judging by how good their treats are I know I’m in for a delicious meal for sure. Thank you Hazelnut House for this lovely basket of treats, you truly made my day.

Hazelnut House are located in Mezzanine 1 of KIPCO tower. They are currently in the soft opening phase so they are open from 8:30 AM till 7 PM on weekdays and from 9 AM till 7 PM on weekends. For more information and for orders you can give them a call at +(965)-22943211 or follow them on instagram (@Hazelnut_House).


2 Responses to “Häzelñut House Lovely Basket of Treats”

  1. J says:

    Oh my! That looks so good. I’ve heard a bit about it now i’m definitely going to check it out.

    • danderma says:

      From what I’ve tried those guys know what they are doing! I can’t wait to try their savoury items.