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For those with a sweet tooth, Mumbai offers a plethora of places to indulge in one’s sweet cravings. Ranging from a moist chocolate cake to tiramisu and crème brûlée to panna cotta, there is something to suit every palate and preference. What’s more there are sugar free and gluten free variations available today as well. Aesthetically presented, desserts entice you even before you take the first bite. It is not stand-alone patisseries only, which offer a great variety of desserts. Some restaurants too have an eclectic dessert menu.
Theobroma, Bandra Kurla Complex
For over a decade now, this bakery and patisserie has been creating lip-smacking desserts, which are consistent in quality. With several outlets in Mumbai, there is one accessible to almost everyone, to satisfy their dessert cravings. Pastries, cheesecakes, tarts, brownies and more, there is a lot to choose from on their menu. The millionaire brownie with gooey caramel, chocolate chips and dark chocolate truffle, is pure sin. For fruit lovers and those not seeking something cloyingly sweet, there is the fresh fruit tart which is filled with creamy custard and topped with seasonal fruits. If your taste buds want a mere hint of sweet with your evening tea, the array of tea cakes here are just right.
La Folie Patisserie, Fort
The infinite caramel sea salt macaron here can transport you to heaven. Unusual flavours are after all Chef Sanjana’s forte. Vanilla tahiti, orange blossom water and saffron, wasabi and pink grape fruit are a few other avant-garde flavoured macarons here. Equally delectable are the range of artisan chocolates. Her seasonal cakes are an absolute treat if one is lucky enough to get a slice of the grandma’s carrot patch. High quality desserts with the best of ingredients, artistically presented, are the hallmark of La Folie.
Dinshaws Xpress Cafe, Oshiwara
Affordable desserts which are unique and leave you wanting more, is what one can look forward to at this small café. The all-new dessert menu has some exciting offerings. Ice creams never tasted so good before. The Manhattan black forest sundae with cherry syrup-soaked brownies, Belgian chocolate ice cream and more, ensures decadence in every bite. If you enjoy desserts with a dash of spice, opt for the sizzling fries sundae, where house fries tossed with tabasco, layered on a hot sizzling pan, are topped with brownies and swathed in spiced fudge sauce and a dollop of classic French vanilla ice cream.
The Bakery, Hyatt Regency, Mumbai
A cute and cosy bakery, where one can sip one’s tea and relax alone or with friends, this place offers some simple but well-made desserts. The gluten-free chocolate pastry here is an absolute treat as the chocolate is a bit heady. The pastries offer a distinct old-world charm and yet, are all about innovation. The passion fruit pastry too is delightful as a melange of flavours fill your mouth.
Indigo Deli, Lower Parel
Known for its western comfort food, this chain offers some outstanding and innovative desserts which are a must-try. Gorge less on the mains and save your appetite for the desserts. The flourless chocolate orange cake with orange sorbet and banana and caramel pie, are unique desserts. The portions are hearty and the flavours and textures, matchless. Of course plenty on offer for chocolate lovers too.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.