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Even though we have dessert parlours opening in every nook and cranny of the city, The Big Chill Cakery has managed to create a buzz and rightfully so. To begin with, they already had a huge fan base in Delhi and the queue outside their each outlet is a testimony to that. With so many newer restaurants serving Italian food (in Khan Market itself) the popularity of Big Chill has never phased out.
Aseem Grover and Fatima (the owners of The Big Chill Café and the Cakery) knew many people who don’t visit the restaurant for food, visit only for desserts. Fatima who happens to be the one providing recipes and making desserts herself, took a smart decision by opening The Big Chill Cakery. It gives their patrons a separate space where they can walk in and savour ice creams, cakes, tarts, cupcakes or breads without having to wait for a table.
Very few would know that Big Chill started as an ice cream parlour and later they designed their food menu. They struck gold and saw a humongous growth in their footfall. So the ice creams and the yoghurts have always been their speciality. But sadly their bread has always played a role of an underdog. Served with pastas and grilled dishes, their bread is always camouflaged with the flavours of the dishes. Seldom do we take notice of the fact that it’s in-house, freshly-baked and with great quality ingredients.
At The Big Chill Cakery, they have baguettes, loafs, paninis and sandwich breads that are produced every day in their kitchen.
Among the cakes and desserts raspberry chocolate fudge brownie, blueberry cheesecake with cream cheese frosting, baby vanilla sponge (in the size of a muffin) and cupcakes with buttercream frosting are the reasons that one must celebrate the arrival of the Cakery.
They must refrain from putting food gel on top of their cheesecake and stick to the classical taste and look that they have been following and are known for.
The vintage look of the bakery is beautifully designed by Amit Chhabra and it’s the kind of bakery that may not feature anywhere else in the capital.
Fatima and Aseem handle operations themselves when the footfall increases beyond their staff’s control (and that happens often). Looks like L’Opera, a premier French bakery located in the same lane, has now got some healthy competition!