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Jan 5, 2012 07:14 PM

Pasteis de nata from Fall River are at Bom Cafe in Cambridge

I went to Bom Cafe in Cambridge (on Cambridge St, in the former Muqueca space, east of Inman Square) for the first time today - it's a nice space, with nice decorations (and free wifi!). Friend had a coffee, which was strong and freshly made, and I had a pastel de nata. Was told that the pastries are brought in from a bakery in Fall River (though he didn't know which place) - it was really good, and way better than the ones at Great Taste in Chinatown (although these are also quite good, but much less flaky). Pastry at Bom Cafe was extremely flaky, custard was firm and not overly sweet. Really good. Coffee + pastry equaled less than $4, which is a good deal for an afternoon snack.

Other things on the menu sound interesting, and they have lots of juices on the menu (and also acai), so I am hoping to return soon!

Dave MP

1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Bom Cafe
1093 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      gee,stripey, what's takin' you so long? i thought you'd have been on this in a heartbeat!

    2. Agreed, great tip. Probably go pick up some tomorrow.

      How do they compare to the PDN at Central Bakery and Courthouse which I believe are brought in from New Bedford.

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      1. re: Matt H

        By Courthouse, do you mean Courthouse Fish?

        1. re: Guido

          Yes I've seen packaged ones from New Bedford at Courthouse Fish. They are pretty good too.

          I tried the PDN at Bom Cafe today, very good, hands down the best I have had in the area. Thanks for the tip Dave.

          1. re: Matt H

            Matt and Dave sorry I haven't been keeping track of the board, but Fernandes Fish Market next to Bom Cafe has always carried pasteis from Fall River. Most likely the same supplier, although I haven't had good luck with pastries at Fernandes which could be because I probably go a few days after the delivery (usually Saturday late morning to grab some "torresmos") but the store being stuffy doesn't help either. Courthouse used to get pasteis both from Fall River and New Bedford, Central only gets them from Chocolate com Pimenta in New Bedford (my preference when fresh). The convenience store on the corner of Fulkerson also carries ones from Fall River. You can probably get the name of the supplier from Antonio or Fafá, but other folks at Bom Cafe may not know much. In any case you can probably buy them in "bulk" somewhere else. One of the main bakery distributors from Fall River hangs out at the nucleo sportinguista (which has excellent papos secos from there which for some reason aren't sold anywhere) and seems to do more deliveries, but most drops are only once or at most twice a week.

            1. re: itaunas

              Thanks for chiming in Itaunas. I've always wondering about nucleo sportinguista, pass by it quite regularly but have never gone in. What else does the menu consist of there? or is it mostly a futbol pub?

      2. Stopped in the other morning, eschewing the sloooow customer service at Clover across the street - grabbed a coffee and a cheese ball - did not see these custards, although maybe I was not looking hard enough. Cheese ball was that excellent tapioca-glutenous consistency and a nice breakfast snack. Regular coffee was not good - guessing I just did not luck out.