Mumbai Bakery Trail #2 

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MUMBAI BAKERY TRAIL #2 

THE OBEROI, PATISSERIE

As I head to The Oberoi,I go past the drive, seeing the shimmering ocean……I feel the winter breeze kissing my cheeks and saying its final good bye.

The Oberoi at Marine drive…..has one of my all time favourite bakery and pastry shops in this city.

In the past I haunted this patisserie and delicatessen…I often, visited it for a cup of coffee to chat with friends, to have a bite of their sandwiches when I worked in the vicinity or just to taste their signature desserts and confections.I could say, I  patronised it in its various avatars.

Tastings for my Mumbai Bakery Trail #2 started here today.

As I enter……I see a beautiful display of perfectly crafted pastries and chocolates.

RED VELVET BUG : The Oberoi is presenting sugarfree Red velvet verrines…..these are desserts layered in cups Rs350+

Redvelvet desserts on display…… The Chocolate truffle, Pineapple and Blackforest pastries are eggfree


In house chocolate spread

The lovely Junior Sous chef Prerna Acharya steps by and talks about her love for pastry (a common passion for both of us)….and describes all their signature creations, to me 🙂
Upon her request, I taste the Maracaibu chocolate tart……Two large chocolate macarons sandwich a Chocolate mousse and raspberry layer, that is coated with a ganache glaze.

Delicious…..macaron dessert

Crisp chewy chocolate macaron centred with tart raspberry filling and a Belgian chocolate mousse

Chef Prerna says,the most popular cake at The Oberoi patisserie is Chocolate Feuillant, Rs2000 +

Chocolate Feuillant pastry Rs350+

One look at this and you are floored by the perfectly made pure chocolate fans.

Top view of Chocolate feuillant

Thin handmade chocolate fans

The beautifully crafted chocolate fans, completely cover this cake, which is layered with chocolate mousse,chocolate chip meringue and a dark chocolate glaze.

Its taste can be described in just one word…..MAGIC !

The Oberoi’s gourmet hampers on display

Sandwicherie and cafe in the lobby

Their mini  Hazelnut Praline cake looks appealing and I discover,it has a Chocolate mousse with a centre of passion fruit cremeaux, nested on a base of vanilla sable.

Swathered with hazelnuts 

But the hazelnuts coated liberally on the mirror glaze loose their crunchiness.
I would definitely skip the sourish passion fruit filling centre (chef says some of her guests request for this tart filling) and add a crispy hazelnut crousillant instead.

For me the best example of a hazelnut treat is the addictive Feraro Rocher a signature Italian confection, popularised by  Ferrero SpA.Roughly 3.6 billion of Ferrero Rochers are sold each year in over 40 countries.

The very giving combination of hazelnuts, milk chocolate, crispy wafer and hazelnut Gianduja always works for me !

Savoury selection at the patisserie

My eyes spot the Papparoti……described as a subtle sweet bread with a blob of salted butter,that is topped with a unique mildly scented coffee crumble.

Chef Prerna suggests I warm this for a few seconds in a microwave and then teeth it.

I pick the Papparoti and the Key lime strawberry tart,for my Home Test.

Key lime and strawberry tart nestled in a takeaway box

Reaches home absolutely intact

Dissected view….shows layers of shortcrust, strawberry filling, Key lime curd and blow torched French meringue

This was my favourite of the complete tasting selection.Absolutely crisp and buttery shortcrust,better than Mahableshwar strawberries sweet compote layer, a tangy yellow,lemon curd…. all this topped with a melting soft,lightly browned meringue.Add a few drops of vanilla to the meringue and this tart would be perfect.Rs 350+

The soft and unique papparoti bread

Lightly warmed,I cut through the Papparoti Rs150+

It oozes melted butter

Amazingly melt in mouth soft buttery bread experience

Tastes  and presentations that are on par  with the best in the world.

Thank you chef Prerna for the lovely informal chat and inspirational viewing  of pastries, many of which can be honored !

The Oberoi,Mumbai, Patisserie and Delicatessen at 216, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose road, Churchgate, Mumbai 400021

CHRISTMAS CHEER…Bakeries in the bylanes of Margao

Margao is the buzzingly quaint, commercial and cultural capital of the Indian state of Goa.

A jumpy bus ride, cozied with some swinging Hindi music got me to this little city.

Scouting for bakeries, I took a lazy walk down Margao’s streets.

Smiling helpful faces, all fluent in English, guided me around.

My first stop was DOM PEDRO’S…….a family run fast food joint and bakery headed by none other than Mr. Dom Pedro.

Cheerful Mr.Pedro sat at the cash counter surrounded by his pretty apron laden staff.

Goan style samosas, chicken puffs, dainty sandwiches and umpteen snacks were burgeoning at the counter.

The Goan samosa very different from the Punjabi samosa has a softer crust and slightly roasted, flavourful potato filling.2016-12-06-10-03-02-copy

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Mr.Dom Pedro at his bakery

The Christmas cheer is apparent as I walk the bylanes……shops laden with Christmas trees, baubles, decorations and more.

lady sellers peddling their wares.Outside shop no 17 the old bai had a collection of unusual herbs.She suggested each one of them to be steeped and used to make a brew for different ailments like cholesterol, diabetes, constipation and wheezing.

After a researching through local fruits and berries…..I got to taste the melting Son papdi,an Indian version of the candy floss.

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Royal foods was my next stop…a bustling well lit large bakery. With a vast selection of cakes and pastries.

 

Truly enchanted by the wooden cribs and models at Sarjos wooden cribs.These intricate hand carved wood and ceramic creations were really enigmatic.

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Jackris, just across, is another popular bakery. Modern,comfortable interiors…….with a great spread of snacks, cakes, pastries and breads.

I spied upon some interesting local treats here.Sweet ball Rs 35 a confection made from sugar, semolina and flour.

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Sweet ball….unusual cakelike biscuit

Peard a guava cheeses like confection is availible for Rs60/200gms

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Peard a guava pulp confection

Pinag Rs 60 made out of coconut and black jaggery and Dose a sweet confection,again made from coconut,tuar dal (Indian name for pigeon pea) and jaggery.

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Dose and Pinag traditional Goan sweets

Jackris also has a large range of freshly baked gateaux and cakes,ranging from Rs 600-800 per kg.The pleasant lady manager explained thier various flavours and treats with enthusiasm and patience.Thank you so very much !

Another speciality bakery cum cake shop that caught my eye was Pastry Palace. This is a chain of cake franchises, with nearly 40 shops in Goa.

Bright colourful cakes in their showcase at Margao outlet

Signature bebinca and dodol

Moist carrot cake is a speciality here

Shriya Phadte of pastry palace says Our carrot cakes , plum cakes butter cakes & banana cakes are very popular.

As I walked out of pastry palace……I went past the Margao Muncipal council which hosts the munciapl library to reach the EVER favourite landmark….Lounginos restaraunt and confectionary.Tall ceilings,warm brown stone flooring…relaxed interiors.I made myself comfertable with a puff and cold milky coffee,soaking in the laid back atmosphere.

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Longuinho’s since 1950 is a great place for friends and family to catch up…..extremely popular with tourists too.Haunted and patronised for its authentic home cooked Goan fare.Its much tried desserts are the tender coconut souffle and layered Bebinca.

My journey of browsing and enjoying baked treats in Margao ended with memories of delightful confections and its people…..

Adieu till my next food and travel experience !