Why this place continues to be my favorite bakery in town, 2 years and running……
My first tryst with Bombaykery was in 2015, shortly after they had started, and it was the food equivalent of love at first sight (or love at first bite, in this case). And it’s been over a year and a half, and my love affair with them continues. So there was no limit to my happiness when I realized they are opening their outlet right near my office (cue the extra hours at the gym).
Bombaykery has managed to keep up their standards across all these months, with this brand new outlet as another feather in their cap. It is a cute little hexagon-shaped shop, and the moment you enter, all you see is desserts from wall to wall, and of course, the smiling faces of the staff, always eager to pack you the very best of goodies. Though they are restricted in terms of space, they have used it well, and the process of browsing through the items, making a pick, and placing the order is super smooth. And when I thought Mitali (the chef behind this venture) was skilled at just divine desserts, she upped her game and has started off a savory menu as well- and no, it does not disappoint in the least. And these savories also carry forward their philosophy of bite-sized goods, so that you get more variety, with lesser guilt.
This time around, I got myself packed a bunch of their stuff- some that I had tried before, and some that I hadn’t.
Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Bar: I think I was so busy devouring their desserts all this time that I never thought of trying their chocolate bars. And now that I have, it feels as if I’ve been missing out on something so great for so long. The chocolate bar was simply amazing. The chocolate had been tempered perfectly, had a nice sheen and snap to it, and was filled generously with delicious salted caramel. The chocolate was just the right amount of bitter and the caramel had a wonderful balance of sweet and salty.
Brookie: A mix of brownie and cookie, this had a base of fudgy brownie, topped with a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough. The chunky chocolate on the cookie layer was nice, but the brownie could have been a bit more gooey.Biscotti: Probably the best I’ve had- finally one that got the sweetness right. Biscotti needs to be just faintly sweet, and that’s exactly how this one was. Also, it was really toasty and crunchy, and would be a perfect accompaniment to tea/coffee.Cupcakes: I tried my all-time favorite Nutella Cupcake- it has Nutella filling and is topped with Nutella icing- so how can you go wrong with that? A new one I tried was the Salted Caramel Popcorn Cupcake which was wonderful- from the light and buttery texture of the cupcake to the delightful salted caramel flavor of the cream cheese frosting- everything was perfect.
Choux: I tried the Chocolate and the Salted Caramel variants here. The choux pastry was light and airy, and was filled generously with the respective sauces- thick and luscious chocolate ganache and creamy salted caramel sauce.Satin: They also have mini versions of some of their signature desserts, and each one looks like a piece of art. I tried Satin which had Belgian white chocolate mousse, enveloping soft almond sponge layered with passion fruit and coconut caramel, and Valrhona Dulcey cream, and all of this was placed on a thin and crunchy lime and milk chocolate crunchy base. The mousse was moulded perfectly and was coated with chocolate spray, which was really thin. The mousse itself had a pannacotta-like texture to it, and the entire dessert, despite having white chocolate, was not overly sweet, and it was nicely balanced with the acidity from the passion fruit and the lime.
Banoffee Dessert Jar: They have dessert jars in single as well as sharing variants. The banoffee had been perfectly constructed with even layers of crumb, banana toffee sauce, and whipped cream, and everything was perfectly balance.Marble Tea Cake: The chocolate and vanilla marble tea cake was moist and fresh and very mildly sweet, which is just the way these dry cakes should be.Granola: The granola was really nice- it was crunchy, and had just the right amount of honey. It was loaded with dried cranberries and blueberries, hazelnuts, and other goodies along with rolled oats. A nice snack to have as it is, or mixed with some yogurt for a healthy and wholesome breakfast.
Chex Mix: This was really good as well- a nice sweet-salty snack which is quite addictive.Coming to the savory side, what blew me away were the Croissants. The texture was simply perfect, and dare I say they were the best croissants I’ve had in the city. The pastry was light, crispy, and flaky and the inside was buttery. They have quite a few variants ranging from cottage cheese to thai chicken and tukey ham and cheese, and I went with the Bombay Masala and Cheese, and the combination was so unique and delicious. The gooey cheese, blended with the slight hit of spice was like magic on the palate.
Pao Bombs: This is a really cool new concept they have come up with- these are essentially mini buns which have different types of fillings- ranging from vada pao, choley, to spicy chicken keema and mutton boti. I tried all but the chicken one and was very happy with them. The vada pao one had a nice spiced potato mixture spiked with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and ghati masala (the magic red spice that brings vada paos to life). The choley one had nicely cooked choley with a lovely ginger flavor, and the mutton boti was really flavorful and delicately spiced, and the mutton chunks were quite juicy. It is amazing how they have managed to get the bread so light and hollow on the inside, fill it generously, and yet not let it go mushy.
Pattice: The filo on the pattice was very flaky and crisp, and the fillings generous. I tried all four variants- Thai vegetables (nicely minced veggies flavored with Thai spices), Mushroom (finely diced mushroom coated in a creamy sauce seasoned with pepper), White Chicken (minced chicken in a delicately flavored creamy sauce), and Pepper Chicken (nice flavor from the curry leaves, but could have had a bit more peppery kick to it).
Each item not only tastes good, but is also very polished in terms of its presentation. That, added to their cute branding, makes their items a perfect option for gifting. Of course, if you don’t end up polishing off the box yourselves.
I am also amazed to see how they have built a huge brand name and following, have continued to keep their standards while expanding their menu, and have now taken up the onerous task of running an outlet, but they are still as hungry for feedback as they were when they started off. Rather than praises and laurels, they are happy to get constructive criticism so that they can keep improving.
Overall, Bombaykery has me hooked, and I totally recommend the place for all your sweet (and now even savory) cravings!
You can also place your order online at: http://www.bombaykery.com
Overall Rating: 4.75/5
Location: K 12, DLF Cyber Hub, Phase-2, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 +91 8010708708