Mumbai Bakery Trail #2 

To be inspired is Great

But to inspire is an honor

 

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

 Mumbai Bakery Trail #1

  • I am an avid foodie, baker, pastry chef, culinary consultant, blogger, photographer and more….! !

My search for inspirational food, especially the sweet kind, is always on , believe you me, 24/7…….More often than not, I opt to go incognito, alone or with friends,tasting the best offerings of various patisseries, cafes and boulangeries in Mumbai…..and say around the world,too.

After the phenomenal response to  my post on Bakeries in Margao…….I started this project to review  the best of bakeries and dessert cafes in Mumbai.

 I decided to keep, the now famous Red Velvet Cake, as a base point of this Bakery trail.

Almost every bakery worth its “sugar” makes this moist red cake, slathered with creamy cheese frosting ?

How good is your Red velvet cake…..how is it different in taste or appearance ?

Who is making the best in the city ?

Let me know about your Red velvet cake.

Mumbai BakeryTrail #1

Le 15 cafe

Situated in the corner of the Gordon House Hotel building, in a bylane of colaba causeway is this beautiful cafe, presented by Pooja Dhingra and Pablo.

The love for their craft shows in the simple, yet delicate taste of the confections at the Le 15 cafe.

Stepping in…..bright vibes with smiling faces

 Sunlight lit cafe with European style Decor

Sitting pretty…..I spot the RED VELVET Cake Rs 1800/kg

I am a green tea addict…..add to this herbal teas and fruit tea infusions…..I can sip these endlessly, through out any hectic day.So I start by ordering a flavoured green tea accompanied by a signature macaron.

Sea salt macaron and Apple cinnamon green tea

The sea salt macaron was perfect with a mild hint of salt…..soft chewy, melting inside with crisp sugar encasing.

A bite of the lemon chilli macaron

The delicious macaron lures me to try another.Lemon chilli suggested to me is a dainty, colourful macaron….unique in taste…..But did it have a hint of coconut ??

Give me a well made vegetarian sandwich anyday !

I like the spongy tiger bread used to make the Veggie  Sandwich, the clever use of marinated eggplant gives this sandwich a great dense bite.Though I couldn’t find much of the sour cream,  that was promised, inside.Accompanied by an in-house salad, dotted with roasted almond bits…..this sandwich completely satisfies the hunger pangs within me.

Chefs green salad with the sandwich

Macarons on display….. are a speciality here

 Popular desserts on the menu…that need to be tried on my bakery trail

The Home Test……..desserts that I carry back home

My Home Test……usually checks the portability of the desserts or cakes.

How well do they stay…..how do they taste and hold shape,after transportation.

Thumbs up to the Nutella brownie and the little flourless chocolate cupcake.

I sense and taste the use of good quality ingredients….and view cleanly finished pastry at this cafe.

Le 15 cafe was a pleasant experience….clearly reflecting the passion and commitment to taste by it’s management.

My personal thanks to Dakshita, the waiting staff…..her prompt service and interaction made my visit even more memorable

Le 15 cafe at colaba, Mumbai offers macarons,cupcakes,plated desserts,light meals accompanied by a select range of hot and cold beverages.

Goodbye till my next sweet review.