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Jul 14, 2013 10:53 PM

Hong Kong - C'est La B, Tung Lo Wan Rd, Tai Hang

Just wondering if any HK Chowhound has tried Bonnie Gokson's C'est La B:

Owned by the (much) younger sister of HK style icon, Joyce Ma, this cafe seemed to have slipped under my radar, until a friend asked about it. Curious to know how it is.

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  1. These are the same cakes they sell at Sevva? Never tried them, they almost look too fancy to taste great.

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    1. re: PhilD

      I would assume so. I've never had the cakes at Sevva. Same as you, there is something about the fancifulness and intricacy of them cakes to make suspicious of how good they actually taste...

    2. I would avoid C'est La B or Ms. B's Cakery like the plague. While I liked some of Sevva's cakes when it first started, my experience tasting through a range of Ms B's Cakery's offering left me extremely underwhelmed. Some of them were plain tasteless. They are just gimmicky.

      The target audience for her stuff probably isn't the type who will read Chowhound…

      There was a big debate some months ago when she complained that she was being copied by Maxim's for her "rainbow cake". Well, did she invent the rainbow cake, or has it been around for decades?!

      I leave you with my tasting notes on some of her creations, which come at the end of a meal.

      Oh and a foodie friend in the media business privately agreed with me that the cakes are tasteless, but of course he will never publicly say so...

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      1. re: Peech

        Thanks, Peech. So it's style over substance then :-(

          1. re: Peech

            You're bad - make sure you don't run into her in some social event :-D

            1. re: klyeoh

              On the other hand, despite the outrageous "see and be seen" scene at Sevva, it is a fine place for an after-work drink and a stogie on the terrace. And the times I've eaten there (mostly power lunch with the annointed) the food isn't half bad, actually.

              1. re: klyeoh

                I wud never b worthy enuf to b invited to an event she attends, so I'd never meet her in person. Besides, we already crossed paths on Twitter on the rainbow cake thing

                I leave you with someone else's blogpost abt the cakes... and you can decide for yourself whether they look appetizing or, in my case, induced a series of involuntary expletives...


                1. re: Peech

                  It does look a mess, compared to other rainbow cakes I'd seen. Surprised to hear that she accused Maxim's of copying her. Rainbow cakes are not exactly a recent innovation.

                  Kuala Lumpur and Singapore have had their share of rainbow-hued baked goods, too:

                  Blindingly colourful, especially this one: