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11 December 2018

Roc's Café


It would be easy to drive past this little Portuguese bakery without noticing the delicious goods they have inside. The building looks like many others in the neighborhood, with one small change to the ground floor to make room for commercial space. This building has actually been home to a small shop with groceries and coffee and sandwiches for many years, but a 2017 renovation expanded the footprint of the ground floor and even added a small third floor.

The new space is home to Roc's Café, a small bakery offering the famous sweets of Portugal and a dozen sandwiches.

The pastéis de nata ($1.25 each, above) are great here, a little more charred than usual on the day we came but I actually prefer them this way. The flaky, buttery dough "cup" is heaven, holding within it the egg custard with plenty of cinnamon.

Also worth a try are these pastéis de tentugal ($1.50 each, below), wrapped dough so thin its browned edges almost appear to be paper. Inside again is a spiced custard, and as you can imagine by looking at it, this might be best eaten outside or with plenty of napkins at least.

I would love to come back here for lunch to try some of their creations like the feiras novas dog, a hot dog wrapped in ham and cheese and topped with a fried egg and potato sticks, or the most famous of Portuguese sandwiches called the bifana.

Roc's Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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