If you thought the beer and bacon art show was heaven, Sofra Bakery is TRULY heaven. I’m picky about sweets, favoring cakes and muffins and doughnuts over uber-sweet, frosting covered stuff. I have no problem with sugar covered items, but I really do not like most icings, cream fillings, or things that ooze sweet jelly. Which is why Sofra is so good! They serve up Middle Eastern/Mediterranean pastries which means my kind of baked goods.
Sofra is right on the edge of West Cambridge before you cross over into Watertown on Belmont. It’s just over two miles away, so we’ve started a new Saturday tradition of biking over and snagging a tiny table before the rush. Try to go at an off peak hour to ensure a table or else you might be standing and stalking a while. We’ve only tried the baked goodies and coffee so far, but next time we’re probably going to sample some of their savory breakfasts like eggs poached in a curried tomato sauce.
So far, we’ve devoured four of their sweet pastry options: dukkah doughnut, Moroccan doughnut, Persian spiced doughnut, and the chocolate sesame croissant. They’re all fantastic. The Moroccan and Persian doughnuts are both yeast doughnut balls with orange peel, maybe some pistachio, and spices and rolled in sugar. To be honest, I can’t put my finger on what differentiates them, but they’re delicious so who cares. The dukkah is a heftier cake doughnut with crushed pistachios on it. I’m not a huge pistachio fan, but I liked this because it wasn’t overly sweet. The chocolate sesame croissant? I prefer it to French style pain du chocolat. Yeah, it’s that amazing. First, the croissant itself has cocoa in it. Then there’s bittersweet chocolate ganache with a layer of sweet sesame paste piped inside and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds on top. It’s a strongly flavored croissant that’s rich and chewy. I only had the leftovers that the hubs couldn’t finish, so I’d recommend splitting this one with a friend. They have plenty of coffee and tea options, as well as flavored lemonades, to wash it all down. The Turkish coffee is excellent, and their espresso-based drinks are smooth without any bitterness of over-roasted coffee.
Oh, Nutella fans? They have a chocolate hazelnut baklava. You’re welcome.