Cheese may not always take a starring role, but most menus would suffer without it. Indeed, with diverse flavours and textures - tart, tangy, creamy and crumbly, it is a versatile ingredient, relished standalone, as well as used extensively in cooking by chefs. What is more, cheese is not only used in savoury dishes but widely in desserts too. Cream cheese, mascarpone, ricotta and even goat cheese are favoured by pastry chefs for desserts like poached pears with mascarpone cheese, hazelnut and goat cheese tart and cheesecakes. Some of the most delectable and popular desserts in Mumbai make use of cheese.
Carrot Patch at La Folie Lab, Lower Parel
Carrot cake with apricot compote and carrot cream cheese mousse with lemon cream and meringue. This combination of sinful ingredients results in one of the most delicious desserts one can savour. The cream cheese has been skilfully used to make a melt-in-the-mouth carrot cream mousse which ups the flavour quotient of this dessert.
Salted Caramel Cheesecake at Grandmama’s Café, Dadar East
With a buttery biscuit base and a creamy cheese topping, this simple cheesecake with ricotta cheese is a delight for the taste buds. Add to that the hint of salted caramel and you have a winning combination.
Tiramisu at Stax, Hyatt Regency, Andheri East
Light, fluffy and delicious, the exotic looking Tiramisu, is indeed the piece de resistance for most of us in a meal. And the tiramisu at Stax is one of the best in Mumbai. This layered dessert, made with mascarpone cheese, which originated in Tuscany in Italy is one of the most popular Italian desserts in India.
Gooseberry Baked Cheesecake at The Pantry, Fort
Who can resist a well-made cheesecake? One of the most unusual cheesecakes in Mumbai, this is a match made in heaven. The distinct fruity flavour of the gooseberry compliments the soft but tart cream cheese. The airy lightness of this cheesecake further sets it apart.
Preserved Fruits With Spice, Mascarpone and Lemon Ginger Crisp at Razzberry Rhinoceros, Juhu
A light fruity dessert, this one uses mascarpone cheese cleverly to balance the other flavours. The dash of well-spiced fruits and zesty lemon ginger, gives this dessert the requisite zing and makes you crave for more.
Primo Gelato at PizzaExpress, BKC
The creamy Raspberry cheesecake gelato served here with a chocolate straw and mint makes an interesting use of cheese. The subtle cheesy flavour pairs well with the fruity raspberry and together the melange of luscious flavours in this tart and tangy gelato, tease your taste buds.
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.