Houston >Food & Dining > Jungle Cafe Co
9889 Bellaire BlvdSte 217, Houston, TX | Directions 7703629.704336 -95.554496
Neighborhoods: Westside, Sharpstown
Gorgeous mouthwatering desserts – Large glass paneling with brushed metal studs make up the backdrop to this ultra-hip pastry café on Bellaire Blvd. But the minimalistic, uber-architectural design of this reincarnated Jungle Café is so pristine in its lines and lighting that you almost feel like you’re in a museum rather than a café. You get the “look but don’t touch” feel, not the warm and fuzzies, like the scintillating bakery aromas that normally accompany entry into a pastry shop.
Ah well, nevermind the decor. I’m here for the dessert. And the artfully designed dessert confections beckon any dessert-lover like a dog to a bone. The first time I visited, my eyes roved hungrily over the beautifully rendered offerings and almost went into sensory overload. Not only are the pastries pretty, but their descriptions help me understand the meaning of food porn. The descriptions pay homage to every girl’s dessert fantasy. Take, for instance, my final selection: “PRITANIER: coconut dacquoise, mascarpone cream, framboise coulis, white choc mousse, passionfruit cream.” OMG, Yes! YES!!!!” Add a green and pink French macaroon on top and I’m sold for a mere $4.24. All prices shown including tax, so you know exactly how much you’re going to spend.
The server says the Mango Mousse and Black Walnut Chocolate cake are the most popular, but it’s my goal to try all the eye candy on display one of these days, no matter how many calories I ingest.
Good drinks and beautiful pastries – My favorites: ANY fruit smoothies, esp the mango (they used to puree real fruit...but it tastes like they've gone to a canned puree since they changed locations); milk tea (I get it w/boba AND coffee jelly); raspberry tea; lattes (nice and creamy...they use coffee beans from Catalina); ANY cake, esp the fruit cake (light whipped icing w/layers of fruit, I believe it's only available family-sized and requires a pre-order), black forest cake, green tea mousse cake, etc. etc.!!
Strong points: drinks & cakes not sickeningly sweet; place is spotless; usually good music; can order in English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese; very efficient service; laidback atmosphere.
Weak points: far from my home near Rice U (so we go weekends after a meal in Chinatown to make traffic less of an issue); sometimes customers don't bus their tables before leaving so you might have to do it if you want a table during peak times; can get noisy (espresso machine, people, etc.).
Will Never Go Here Again – We bought a coffee rasberry cake costing $13.65. Took it home and it tasted like SOY SAUSE CAKE!!!! Fine, called them, and manager on phone said, sure just bring it back. We brought it back, and they took the cake, didn't give us another, didn't give us a refund, AND DIDN'T GIVE US OUR CAKE BACK!!!!!! We will never go there again. So unprofessional. And it's on CHRISTMAS DAY!!!!!
EXORBITANT CREDIT CARD FEES – Their cake is good but their payment policy sucks: BIG TIME. Felt like I was being cheated.
Credit Card: Yes. FOR AN EXORBITANTLY LARGE ADDITIONAL FEE"
I had ordered a cake that's tagged as $13.65 in the display case. When I asked if they take credit cards, the lady said that there's a "discount" for using cash. It'll be $13.65 if I pay cash and $16.65 if I pay with credit card.
W T F ?!
$3 whole dollars (or 22%) more expensive?!?!
So, how is paying with cash actually a "discount" when I'm paying the
advertised price in the display case?!?!? Geez. If they want to create an incentive for people to pay cash then for goodness sake give an actual discount. Don't tell me I'm getting a "discount" when I'm actually paying
listed price and having to pay a 22% additional fee if I choose to pay with credit card. It's just wrong.
Anyhow, I like their cake but this whole incident just left me real peeved.
Probably won't go there again..... so disappointing....
Citysearch Editorial Review – In its previous life a few blocks down Bellaire, Jungle Café was the bubble tea spot for teens. After moving to a spiffy new location, Jungle Café transformed into a sleek, modern patisserie. The vibe is a little “you break it, you buy it,” thanks to all the shiny surfaces, minimalist empty space and all the rules—including a camera ban. The beautiful confections made of airy cake and mousse, coated in ganache and topped with decorative flourishes cost a pretty penny and even more if you’re not paying in cash (there’s a confusing pricing scheme). But the French style treats, which are light and less sweet than American desserts, manage to be worth all the trouble.
bets in town – The most amazing dessert I've ever had.
We tasted tens of cakes and there were exquisite, surprising and delicious. Not to miss...
Nice place – Pretty nice place.
Not crowded as others, comfortable sitting area.
Service are nice and also cakes are the best in town.
I and my friends like it very much, will go back again.
A good pastry shop – Strongly recommended.
Unique pastry, beautiful cake decoration and nice service.
I bought a big cake for my family in Christmas,
It is delicious, all of our family are very enjoy also.
Worth to spend every penny
Disappointment followed by dishonesty – My wife and I were frequent patrons of this establishment. To be fair, the pastries are good and are tailored for those not as fond of super-sweet items. That being said, I have spent my last penny here. We ordered a cake for my daughter's first birthday. The order was placed well in advance for pick-up on September 14, my daughter's birthday.
On Friday, September 12th, it became apparent that due to Hurricane Ike, it was unlikely that we would be able to pick up the cake on Sunday, the day after the storm was to roll through Houston. I visited the establishment and inquired about changing my order and taking a cake that they had available then, to insure that my daughter had some cake on her birthday. I was informed that my cake would be ready hell or high water on Sunday and that they would not accommodate me by allowing me to change my order by taking one of their inventory cakes (and paying any difference in price).
Ike came and went, and as expected, power was out to the establishment. I showed up Sunday morning to a group of people out front selling whatever was in the refrigerator for cash. When I inquired about my cake, I was told that it wasn't there (of course) and that the only thing they could or would do for me was give me a quarter of another cake. With receipt and order in hand, I asked for a refund of my money and was told that I could only get store credit. No refunds.
After talking to several of the people there, no refund was forthcoming. I called my credit card company and contested the payment, describing the situation. Two and a half months later, I receive a letter from the credit card company stating that the charge was being reinstituted as the purchase was not for a special order but was for items consumed on premises and therefore not subject to contest. Jungle Cafe claimed that I had made no order and that I was, in essence, trying to cheat them. I will never patronize this establishment again. You are warned.
Unique pastry shop – I know them from my friend's wedding.
I never see such as beautiful cake.
And my fiancee likes their cakes very much, I think she will decide to order our wedding cake from them.
The cassis cake is tasteful
I love my wedding cake, awesome – I recommend it strongly.
I order wedding cake from them, they do very detail, beautiful and elegant.
Excellent, worth to try.
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