Judging Portuguese Inspired Cafes – Sweet Diablo

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M Street, NW just west of 19th Street

Sweet Diablo opened at 19th and M St, NW back in Aug. 2012. Their website says:

Sweet Diablo brings Portugal’s corner café to downtown Washington, DC. Opened by partners Rosa Silva and Nuno Geraldes Freire in 2012, Sweet Diablo celebrates the European tradition of creating culinary experiences through artisanal confections, freshly made breads, fine cheeses and meats, and farm fresh produce. Life is to be savored, and it starts with what is on your plate.

At Sweet Diablo, we prepare our menu in the Portuguese tradition of using beautiful ingredients in simple combinations to bring out amazing flavors. With recipes created by Chef Michael Guerrieri, our Paoninis are a play on the Panini sandwich combining Portuguese meats and cheeses on freshly baked ciabatta to create distinct flavors that will captivate your mouth. Our soups and salads create a lighter play on some of these traditional ingredients.

We brew Illy coffee to serve alongside our Pastéis de Nata, a Portuguese custard tart whose tradition dates back to 1837 where it was first created in a Lisbon monastery. All of our breads and pastries are baked freshly each morning.

Our Not Your Usual Cheescake (NYUC) is pure temptation. Made without eggs, and topped with a fruit sauce, each bite is delectable.

The Best Chocolate Cake in the World by Chef Carlos Braz Lopes

Sweet Diablo is proud to feature renowned Portuguese Chef Carlos Braz Lopes signature chocolate cake. This flourless, gluten-free confection features thin, crunchy chocolate meringue layers filled with a creamy chocolate mousse and a ganache top. A popular sensation in Portugal, Spain, Australia and Brazil, Sweet Diablo is proud to be the exclusive distributor of the Best Chocolate Cake in the World in the United States.

You can see their full menu here. Any fans?

7 Comment

  • Great concept! As a rule, those custard tarts are frikkin’ amazing. I’ve yet to have one that wasn’t tasty, and if these guys are making them fresh… I’ll have to swing by soon. Thanks for the heads up, PoP.

  • Croissants are the best I’ve had in DC in 6 years.

  • Great little place and the owners are really friendly.

  • I bought the BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE IN THE WORLD just because I wanted to mock it. But I was wrong, it really, truly is THE BEST. Took it to a Thanksgiving dinner, and other events, and it is always a total hit. The name and description do not do it justice — it is more of a layered meringue with chocolate creme in between, and chocolate icing all around — smooth and a little crunchy at same time. Amazing. Worth every penny. You can buy full cake, half cake, slice, whatever.

  • Can’t recommend this place enough. Clean, quiet, terrific sandwiches, Illy coffee. Very sweet and engaging owners. Please patronize or all we will have in DC is Lauriol Plaza and $$$$ celebrity chef creations.

  • How does this “Best Cake in the World” compare to the mousse-style cakes, etc., at Locolat?

  • I love this place. Great, freshly baked pastries in the morning, friendly owner, interesting sandwiches.

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