Friday, January 1, 2010

Baker Street: Pondi Series Part II

Happy New Year!!

The superstitious me demands that I start the year with a good review and therefore I'm writing about Bakers Street. This adorable little French Bakery in Pondicherry is amongst my favourite finds of 2009. It's like a little piece of France (and one of its best bits at that) unsuspectingly tucked away in South India. The store reminds me of Parisian bakeries where the staff always greets with you a smile. I've always believed that good food should also look nice and this bakery appeases on both counts. Yummy breads, mouth watering desserts and the wonderful smell of good food greet you as you enter this concept store on 123, Bussy Street (a.k.a Lal Bahadur Shastri Street).

While the array of choices will confuse you, if you're looking for something filling and wholesome I recommend the pizzas. The quantities are huge and taste excellent. The Veg. Pizza (Rs. 90) had loads of cheese without overpowering the taste of crisp veggies and spices. The beautiful bit is that the crust is not hard and actually tastes good. The Non Veg Pizza (Rs. 100) has sausage cut chicken which tastes wonderful. The meat is tender and has a wonderful flavour to it. Rads and Avni tried the baguette ham sandwich. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of baguette (I find the bread too hard) but if you like it then I think the sandwich here is pretty decent (the quantity however leaves a lot to be desired).

The truly heavenly part about this place is of course the bread and desserts. The butter croissant is soft and melts in your mouth (1 week on and I can remember the wonderful taste). The apple chaisson (excuse the spelling) was wonderful. The crust was, needless to say, soft and fluffy. The apple stuffing inside was gooey, sugary and magically managed to be sweet without being oversweet. All the other breads we tried here were pretty awesome to and the prices vary from Rs. 30 - 70 depending on what you order.
The desserts are another thing to drool about here. There is a mind boggling variety and we didn't even come to close to trying half of them (not for lack of trying, mind you). The Tiramisu was huge and amongst the best I've had, the cheesecake was gorgeous (though its not the absolute best one), the brownie was warm and chocolatey, the eclair was near perfection and the lemon tart, to quote Rads, was orgasmic. The wonderful French owner also gave us a plate of macaroons and each one was better than the other. Avni, Rads and Ganje assure me that the Cafe Latte here was brilliant.

Not satisfied with all that we ate, we also packed preserves. Rads's apple and cinnamon jam is at par with the rest of the food there (Avni hasn't opened her strawberry jam but you'll be the first to know when she does).

Reading this review it is clear that there is nothing critical about it (In fact, it is revoltingly nice). I'm sure there must be something to critique, but quite frankly I can't remember any! The service was a bit sloppy when we went on the Sunday but in their defense the place was packed and they were trying to do the best they could.

I have always believed that the French have a (magical) way with bread and this place is no exception. If you are in Pondicherry do NOT miss this place. Heck, I would even recommend that you drive down from Chennai just to visit it :)

P.S - They also have a French food menu for dinner which we never got around to trying.


Unknown said...

whoa!!! brownie, apple-cinnamon jam and a lot of cheesy things!!! i swear i am hitting pondy just to eat here! it sounds so cool! i didnt see it when i went there. :( :( :(

Benarasi Bahu said...

It sounds incredible! You almost make me visualize the breads :D
pucca checking out the place when I go to pondi

Unknown said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place and am going back soon just to eat there.

Your post got me wondering why I never took a pic with the chef. He was such a sweetheart! :)

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