Back at the table, our desserts arrived. We had ordered blackberry consommé with a pear sorbet and warm dark chocolate torte with fresh mint ice cream.
And then you all wait - and watch the clock - and watch the 4-top as they ever so slowly pick at the chocolate torte and sip coffee.
Even from there, the odor was pervasive, competing quite successfully against the warm aroma of cinnamon from the plum torte in the oven.
For dessert we shared the warm chocolate and hazelnut torte with Marsala sabayon and coffee caramel.
While I can refuse the warm dark chocolate torte with white chocolate sorbet and the pink grapefruit, orange and mango terrine I am powerless to resist the home-made cookies and ice-cream.
When ready to bake, heat the oven to 180C, Gas 4 and bake the torte for about 25 minutes until risen and golden brown.
All over Germany there are Konditorei famous for their torte and kuchen, fruit tarts and pastries.
Mouton calypso is a spicy torte of curried lamb that is very nicely complemented by a sweet pool of coconut crème fraîche.
For those averse to fruitcakes and all that goes into them, there are traditional feather-light sponge cakes in exotic flavours such as the strawberry torte and the egg-less lychee gateaux.
Roasted red leg partridge with a game torte , parsnip galette and truffle Madeira jus.