CUISINE Bakeries, Portuguese, Sweets
PRICE Under $12
HOURS Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
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SPECIAL FEATURESBreakfast Weekend
By Warren Rojas
My heart went out to her.
The timid, teenage girl just stood there, staring longingly at the frozen tundra of homemade gelatos encased behind the frost-covered glass at Manassas’ Majestic Bakery.
“I don’t know how to say it,” she sheepishly confessed to the attendant, electing to the tap the glass above her frozen wish rather than garble the proper name of the Italian chiller. (“Stra-cha-TELLA,” the helpful server sounded out for her.)
Exotic sweets and an education? That’s my kind of place.
Majestic takes its cues from the increasingly visible Portuguese population that calls Manassas home (a congregation currently serviced by a dining/shopping circuit comprised of several restaurants, the new Food Lovers market, Majestic and a clandestine supper club).
That means serving a slew of gourmet coffees and espresso drinks, preparing hot sandwiches and tapas-style platters for light snacking and keeping local expats cool with a rainbow of gelato flavors (apple, mango, coconut, the chocolate chip-like stracciatella, rum, hazelnut, green tea).
Then there’s the pastries.
Traditional natas reveal custard-filled pastry cups that smack of fresh eggs and preternatural sweetness—due in no small part to the creme brulee-like crust and heavenly, almond-tinged custard below.
Meringue-covered apple tart is another double-duty delight, erecting a burnt-sugar shield guarding a core of caramelized apples and powdered sugar pressed between thin layers of dough (fresh and filling without being overly sweet).
Chocolate-frosted jelly rolls (dense cake, syrupy strawberry) and custard-filled pinwheels (egg cream and sponge cake rolled in sprinkled sugar) are less ornate, but cede no ground on the sugar shock-satisfaction scale.
Likewise, the cleverly conceived “gelato lemonade”— much more potent than shaved ice but less viscous than a commercial Slurpee—puts an Old World twist on a New World thirst-quencher.