Ever since I had my first bite of a dessert made by Chef Avantika Nischol, I’ve been her fan. So I’m absolutely elated that she has taken her labor of love, Milk Pâtisserie, out of her home kitchen and into this cute little outlet, Ekatrit, at Defence Colony. A one of a kind “Styling Café”, where you drop in to get yourself styled by experts, the place also has at one end, the Milk Pâtisserie café serving some delectable desserts, incredible sandwiches, and refreshing drinks.
Chef Avantika is a graduate in Pastry & Baking from AtSunrice Global Chef Academy, Singapore and has honed her skills by working at prestigious hotels & patisseries in Singapore and The Oberoi’s Gurgaon. But what sets her apart is the way she skillfully puts her twist on traditional desserts, showcasing some avant-garde techniques and innovative flavor combinations, while still making sure each mouthful is delightful. Her desserts are all artistically decorated, but nothing is too over the top, as she rightfully believes that simple is beautiful.
I started off with a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, which was made with artisanal bread which they make in-house with sourdough starter, and had the perfect texture- nice and crunchy on the outside, with a bit of sponginess and chewiness inside- just the way a well-hydrated sourdough should be. The sandwich was filled with cheese and a delicious homemade red onion jam, which was simply spectacular. And these sandwiches are really hearty, so pick one up, and that will count as a full meal.
I had my sandwich with an Iced Vietnamese Coffee, which was something new for me. The glass had some sweetened condensed milk at the bottom, which was topped with a strong, well-roasted coffee and lots of ice. This was one of the most delicious coffees I’ve ever had and is something definitely worth trying.
The display counter in front of me was stocked with a range of tempting desserts, and since it was impossible for me to decide which one to go for, I decided to try The Black Platter, which was a medley of bite-sized desserts to give you a taste of everything. The platter had the following desserts:
Chocolate Tea Cake: This was a moist and fudgy cake, high on the cocoa content, to give a deep, dark chocolate flavor, which I simply loved. A slice of this would go perfectly with your evening cup of tea or coffee.
Tira-ccino: They have deftly combined tiramisu and cappuccino to come up with this beautiful and light dessert, which had a perfectly-set jiggly coffee panacotta, topped with a coffee-soaked sponge, and some light coffee foam which is piped out of a siphon. The coffee foam was quite sweet (and so delicious that I could have spoonfuls of this alone), and the panacotta was mild in its sweetness, so as to perfectly balance out the dessert. A must for coffee lovers!
Summer: Certainly one of my favorites of the lot, this dessert had a light and airy orange and lemon olive oil sponge, topped with some zingy and vibrant lemon curd, covered with a smooth and shiny vanilla mousse (in which I could actually see the vanilla bean). The dainty little dessert was then topped with some candied orange and lemon peel and adorned with a cute little vanilla cookie. Aptly names, this citrus-rich dessert was really light and perfect for the summers.
The Moist Chocolate Cake (TMCC): TMCC is an old favorite of mine from the Milk Patisserie kitchen. It is pure heaven for all chocolate lovers as it consists of myriad different forms and textures of chocolate- chocolate sponge topped with chocolate mousse and white chocolate namelaka, and adorned with creamy, decadent dark chocolate ganache cubes. It really does sound tempting, and tastes even better.
Dress Me Up Cheesecake: This beautiful piece of art goes perfectly with the theme of the place, as it has a nicely made, fluffy and creamy New York cheesecake, draped beautifully with a sheet of berry gelee, which was sprinkled with edible gold, and topped with a meringue cookie.
Amour: This cute little delight had a nice surprise inside. It was made with chocolate mousse and vanilla cremeux, and filled with a delicious tart raspberry gel inside, which just bursts out the moment you break it open. The beauty of this dessert lies in how wonderfully each element complemented the others, and all flavors balanced out so well. The chocolate crumb outside provided a nice crunch too.
Apple Cream Tart: A nice twist on the traditional apple tart, this had a crisp tart shell filled with crunchy apple slices baked in a smooth vanilla custard, and topped with a quenelle of light as a cloud crème Chantilly.
Each and every dessert has a mélange of flavors and different textures to create a nice balance and tantalize the taste buds. I was not surprised at the marvelous creations that Avantika has come up with, as I have always known how skilled she is, but what amazed me is that she has kept the prices really low. For the quality of her product, these prices are really a steal!
And it’s not only amazing cakes that she has mastered the skill of creating, but she also does some delectable chocolates and pralines as well- with flavors ranging from orange caramel, to pink peppercorn and coffee. So for this festive season, you don’t need to look any further for all your gifting needs! If you love desserts, this is a must-visit destination for you!
Overall Rating: 4.75/5
Location: 46, First Floor, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi
Phone No.: 011 4171 7164