Oct 29 2013

Chocoholic, Colaba- Review

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Chocoholic1I’ve known Rishika Bhatia (the owner) of Chocoholic since many years now and even knew of Chocoholic’s existence. But I hadn’t tried her stuff yet. Brownie yes, but that was about it. So here I am finally after having tried her stuff, giving you my review of Chocoholic- Chocolates and more.

DessertsYou will find most desserts here- brownies, chocolates, muffins, mousse, cookies, tarts and trifles. She specializes in Kid-specific shaped chocolates with fun wrappings and party hampers. She also makes cakes according to order. Now here’s what I had.

Cupcakes (Rs. 50 onwards) Chocolate– Superb!  Bubble gum– Slightly grainy but not bad. Espresso Walnut– If you love coffee, you will love this cupcake! An absolute must have!

Brownies (Rs. 45)Walnut– Dark, rich and delicious!  Oreo– Nice.

Cookies (Rs. 300/250gms) – I loved the cookies! They were slightly salty but tasted awesome even then. The consistency of the dough batter made all the difference. Choco-chip-Hazelnut, Peanut Butter bars, Cinnamon are the ones I loved. Chocolate chip, Lemon and Almond were ok.

Chocolates (Rs. 850/kg) – I tasted many chocolates and out of them, I thought the Raisins one and Almonds one was the best. The Kacha Keri Atom Bombs were superb! A must have!

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Where? Chocoholic is located at Colaba and delivers at an extra cost. To place an order you can call them on 098 19 146826. The minimum order for cupcakes and brownies  is 6 piecesof the same flavour and for chocolates the minimum is 250 gms.

Verdict– The packaging is very good so Chocoholic would be the right choice to gift a box of Kacha Keri atom bombs, the Espresso walnut cupcake and Peanut butter cookies!

Rating– 3/5

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Sep 22 2013

Apron Patisserie, Malabar Hill- Review

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Apron  Patisserie 2There are loads of people who envy me for the amount of food I get to try and write about as a blogger. Apron Patisserie is one such dessert place I came across on Facebook and I decided that I just had to try it. I don’t think I’ve had a sweeter week and I’m just about to tell you all about Apron Patisserie where each dessert has a spoonful of love.

What I had– I tried loads of desserts and I can’t wait to tell you which ones are kickass! By the way, the packaging is superb! Very classy!  Home bakers must look at this as an example. Also, all the products are eggless so vegetarians can breathe a sigh of relief.

Chocolate chip, Cookie dough, Oreo Fudge Brownie– It looked great and I loved the top chocolate layer but there was this coconut taste which I didn’t like at all and that somehow took away the essence of the brownie.

Apron 1Cupcakes– Cinnamon cream & fudge- Yum! Even though I’m not a fan of cinnamon I thought the cupcakes was great!

Chocolate with Mocha cream- Delicious! All you coffee fans will love it!

Boston Cream Pie- Scrumptious, creamy and rich! An absolute must have cupcake!

Vanilla with hazelnut cream- Brilliantly made. The hazelnut didn’t have a very strong taste but it went well with the sponge.

Red velvet with cream cheese- Not the best Red velvet cupcake I’ve had. Again, a strange coconut taste took away the taste of the sponge and cream cheese.

Chocolate with chocolate mousse- The chocolate sponge was nice but I didn’t quite feel the same way about the chocolate mousse frosting.

Blueberry- Nice. Would taste great cold.

Apple pie- cinnamon- Well made.

Vanilla Cookies & Cream- The best cupcake of them all, hands down! Must have!

Rainbow cupcake- It looked beautiful but the sponge turned out to be bitter and overall it wasn’t as tasty as it looked.

Mocha- Yum! The cream had melted but still fantastic!

Cookies– Chocolate chip & M&M- Both cookies had a generous amount of chocolate chips and MnMs. Apart from the coconut taste, the cookies were rich, soft and would be great to munch on at any time of the day.

Apron 3Chocolate cake with chocolate fudge and cookies & cream– The cake didn’t just look tempting; it was full of surprises from the first bite. It was rich, creamy and fun to eat because of the many layers. Highly recommended!

Where? Apron Patisserie is run by a home baker- Anjani Kasliwal. She operates from Malabar Hill and delivers right upto Juhu. To place an order you need to give her a day’s notice. For a big order or to make a themed cake, she needs atleast 3 days prior notice. You can call her on 098 33 126116 to place an order.

How much? A 1 kg cake costs anything between 1200-1500 depending on the type you choose. Cupcakes are for Rs. 600 a dozen, Choco chip brownies are for Rs. 1000 a dozen, Walnut brownies are for Rs. 800 a dozen and cookies are for Rs. 450 a dozen. Great pricing for the quality of ingredients and richness of the dessert.

Verdict– Apron Patisserie’s desserts are rich, scrumptious and made with a lot of love! I highly recommend the Boston cream pie cupcake, the Mocha cream on chocolate cupcake and the three-layered chocolate cake with chocolate fudge and cookies & cream.

Rating– 3/5

 

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Jun 19 2013

The Little Chocolate Shop, Goregaon (E)- Review

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The Little Chocolate Shop, GoregaonGet ready to try a smacking new dessert place in the ‘burbs! This one’s called ‘The Little Chocolate Shop’ and they’re based in Goregaon. Lucky for me, I got some goodies delivered at home in town! Here’s my review.

Desserts– When you have tons of patisseries and dessert shops opening up, the competition is tough. The Little Chocolate Shop offers everything you’ve tried before in their own little scrumptious way. The items on the menu include baby cakes, petit fours, tarts, brownies, biscuits, bite-sized desserts and chocolates all made to order.  Now here are the items I got to try.

Salted Butter Caramel Tart (Rs.42) – I tried it in a melted state but it was yummy! The tart was perfectly baked and the caramel blended very well with the chocolate. Delectable!

Chocolate Brownie with Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting (Rs. 42) – Gooey, chocolaty, mindblowingly delicious and an absolute must have! Easily the BEST brownie I’ve ever had!

Mini Banoffee Tart (Rs. 42) – The bananas made a very strong presence even though the tart did a good job of balancing the taste. For some reason I don’t enjoy bananas in desserts and so I thought it was ok.

Chocolate Baby cake (Rs. 50) – The cream was very good but the muffin bit was quite grainy. Didn’t enjoy it much.

Where? The Little Chocolate Shop for now is a kitchen and they deliver the goodies to your home for free if you stay in and around Goregaon/ Malad. If you’re located further away, you’d have to order goodies for a minimum of Rs. 1000. A minimum of 12 pieces of most items need to be ordered. You can call them on +91 75060 13831.

Verdict– You must, must, must try their brownies! Out of this world and highly recommended!

Rating– 3/5

 

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May 19 2013

Icing on Top, Kemps Corner- Review

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Icing on Top has been around for some time now but not many people knew about it. I’m one of the lucky few who’ve gotten to try their stuff and let you in on it. Here’s my review.

Desserts- I remember trying their Red Velvet cake slice at an exhibition and thought it was exceptional! I really was looking forward to trying all their other desserts and I’m glad I did! All the ‘pure veg’ people will be very happy to know that all the desserts at Icing on Top are eggless.  

Cake Pops (Rs.30) – In general, soft and tasty and also a great idea! I tried Red Velvet- The outer layer wasn’t as good as the cake inside. The Double chocolate cake pop was Chocorgasmic! A must have! Oreo was Oreoliciously good!

Oaty Caramel Crunch cookie (Rs. 100 for 100gms) – If you’re health conscious or love granola bars, this one’s for you. Crunchy and wholesome.

Mini Cookies (Rs. 100 for 100gms) – A great idea to have bite sized cookies that you can pop one every hour and not feel guilty! I tried the Cinnamon mini cookies – Not a fan of cinnamon but these were just fantastic! Melt- in-your-mouth types!  Chocolate chip mini cookies – Yum! Lemon mini cookies – Addictive! Can’t stop at one!

Chocolate Mud Pie (Rs.150) – Gooey, rich, amazing!

Red Velvet pastry (Rs.125) – Sinful indulgence! Easily the best item on the menu! A must have!

Hazelnut shot glass (Rs.50) – Divine! Like a creamier version of nutella!

Blueberry shot glass (Rs.50) – Great mix of blueberry with a crushed biscuit base.

Chocolate shot glass (Rs.50) – Ok. The least favourite of them all.

Icing on top 2I didn’t get to try the cupcakes (Rs. 30) which I’ve heard good things about. But I’m definitely going to stop by when I’m at Kemps Corner next and give it a shot!

Where? Based out of Masjid Bunder where the main kitchen is, they’ve very recently started a small counter inside a shop called Besos at Kemps Corner near Cumballa Hill Hospital. So you can either go grab a bite or doggy bag a bunch of things to try at home; if not get it delivered.

Verdict– Reasonably priced eggless desserts that taste very good! Must haves- Red velvet pastry, chocolate mud pie, mini cookies, Chocolate cake pop. I look forward to trying their cupcakes and other pastries!

Rating– 3.5/5

 

 

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Aug 11 2012

Cocolicious, Mahim (W)- Review

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This was a totally random visit. I had crossed it on my way to Bandra a couple of times and was pretty curious to try their cupcakes. So one day, when I was at Mahim market, I decided to stop by and try it out. Here’s my review.

Desserts– Their small outlet at Mahim sells mainly cupcakes, chocolate mousse and pastries. They also make cakes on order. I tried ‘Dark Desire’ which was basically a chocolate cupcake and the lady at the counter’s recommendation. I tried ‘Dark Desire’ which was basically a chocolate cupcake and the lady at the counter’s recommendation. I thought it was very ok. The cream was not tasty and the muffin/cake part was blah. I also tried the Oreo cupcake which look very tempting but when I tried it, I found out that the top part was just the cream that comes in an Oreo cookie and there was too much of it which made it extra sweet and the cupcake as a whole tasted quite bad! Also, the Oreo on top used to make the cupcake look good was naram. After trying these 2 cupcakes, I decided not to try any more. They look really good when you see them, but taste-wise they come into the category of average-tasting cupcakes and hence do not make it to my ‘Must have cupcake’ list.

Where? The small outlet is located at Mahim Causeway, next door to Baskin Robbins. There’s no place to sit. You’ll have to eat your cupcake on the pavement or parcel it and take it home.

Prices– The cupcakes are priced at Rs. 50 each which is so not worth it! I wouldn’t pay more than 30 bucks for them.

Verdict– Cocolicious doesn not live up to its name. The cupcakes might look good but looks can be deceptive. Avoid.

Rating– 2/5

 

 

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Jul 18 2012

Not Just Desserts by Sabina, Wadala- Review

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Not Just Desserts was a place I had to try a long time ago but couldn’t because Wadala is too far for me. Luckily, they arranged to send a lovely dessert hamper to my place so I could try it and share my review with you guys. Oh and if you’re wondering why this place is called ‘Not Just Desserts’ when all you get is desserts here, there’s no reason.

What I had- Their desserts are mostly baked so don’t go there thinking it might be another yoghurt or gelato place! I got to try some really good desserts and I’m just about to recommend my favourites! I feel some of the desserts are a bit overpriced though.

Chocolate Tart (Rs.25) – This was ok. I would have liked a tastier crust.

Love Bite (Rs. 20)- Nice, the hazelnut on top made it better.

Dessert in a jar (Rs.200)- A perfect mix of rich chocolate, cake,mousse and oreos. Absolutely amazing! Must have!

Florentine (Rs.70) – Similar to the biscotti, only slightly glazed on top but delicious nonetheless.

Biscotti (Rs. 800/kg) – Yummy yummy! You’ve gotta love almonds!

Cappuccino- filled Soft centered chocolate (Rs.1200/kg)- Very good! I loved the filling!

Almond rocks (Rs.1000/kg)- I could have 10 at a time! That good!

Gooey choco-chip brownie (Rs.40)- As good as the Theobroma brownie! Delicious! I recommend!

Cupcakes-Soft, creamy and delicious!  Oreo (Rs.50) Yummy! I loved it!, Angry Bird Nutella (Rs. 120) Too expensive for a cupcake even though the art is good. I’d rather have just the Nutella cupcake which was superb!, Red Velvet (Rs.35)- Awesome! Loved it! Must have!

Where? – Not Just Desserts is your one shop stop for superb desserts! So in case you want to satisfy your sweet cravings, you can pay a one way taxi fare and have it delivered at your doorstep. Otherwise, if you happen to stay close to Wadala, drop in at their outlet which is at R.A. Kidwai road, near State Bank of India.

Verdict– I’ve tried so many desserts here and loved most  of them. The stuff is good. My parents and brother agree. So go ahead and try because your sweet craving will most definitely be satiated! I recommend!

Rating– 4/5

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Jul 11 2012

Sweet Desire, Bandra (w)- Review

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I hadn’t heard about this place, especially cause it sounds so corny and hadn’t even planned on trying it at all but somehow ended up walking in! I wanted to try a couple of desserts but would’ve been the only one because my friend Komal wasn’t having because of some stupid ‘baadha’ to not have any chocolates. Luckily, there were 2 other women who wanted to try the desserts too and we decided to dig into 3 desserts together. So random!

Desserts– At Sweet Desire you get everything sweet (duh!). Being the chocolate lover that I am, I decided to try the Chunky Chocolate cupcake which was amazing, probably one of the best cupcakes I’ve had till date! Melt in your mouths types. I think all 3 of us really liked it. We also had a petite pastry called ‘Opera’ which was a brilliant mix of chocolate and coffee, a hit mix! The last one we had was the molten chocolate mud cupcake. Now that was yummy and my favourite! Would’ve been nice to have some salty wafers around so we could try the macaroons ‘cause the sweetness in our mouths was overwhelming. They’re also into themed cakes and superb at them! We got to see some of them on their display with some beautiful artwork.

Ambience & Service– Located at Bandra west, close to Mini Punjab on Linking road, 16th road, Sweet Desire is a lovely dessert place! Lots of pink and white to make it look like a sweet li’l cupcake. The guy who stands behind the counter plays a very important role. He can either be fake and say everything is good or be honest and suggest what we should have that we’ll genuinely like. In this case, we got the latter (the guy who helps in making the right decision). So, very good service!

Prices– The Chunky Chocolate cupcake which was delicious was for Rs. 45. Opera (Chocolate-coffee cake) was for Rs. 85 and the Molten Chocolate Mud Cupcake was for Rs. 60. Not bad!

Verdict– Once you’re done with lunch or dinner, go to Sweet Desire for a happy ending. I’m definitely going back to try some more of their desserts!

Rating– 4/5

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Jun 4 2012

Sugadaddy, Hughes Road- Review

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I’d been wanting to try this place for a while now and finally got to try it just a few days ago. Here’s what I thought of it.

Desserts– They don’t like to limit themselves just at yogurts, as most dessert shops are doing so. They brand themselves as a place for softies, smoothies, milkshakes, cupcakes and other desserts besides just frozen yogurt. I decided to try their yogurt and so tasted whatever flavours they had. Unfortunately some of their machines were spoilt because of which I only got to try 4 flavours. Blueberry- more like the original with no taste of blueberry at all, Strawberry- good, Mango- ok and Toffee- very good. As a topping, as per their suggestion, I had the cookie sauce which was yum! So I decided to go for the Toffee yogurt with Cookie sauce as the topping. I truly enjoyed my yogurt and was happy with my choice. After that I decided to try their Red velvet cupcake. Now I liked the muffin bit but the cream on top was quite grainy even though it was quite tasty. I wanted to try a milkshake but have saved it for next time.  They also have hot beverages like coffee, tea, etc. in case you don’t want to have a dessert.

Ambience– Located at Hughes road near Sukh Sagar and Chowpatty, Sugadaddy is the new place in town for desserts. Pink, white and gold are the colours you’ll find here. It’s pretty and nice except for the section upstairs where they’ve spoilt it with red chairs and other mess lying around. So, yeah if you do plan to take some time and enjoy your dessert, you can go upstairs and rest your butt or settle in for their bar stools down.

Service– They’re friendly and polite and let you try their flavours before making your choice which is a good thing.

Prices– The yogurt comes in different ‘cup sizes’ as they mention on their menu. A- Rs.30, B- Rs. 70 and C- Rs.150. I chose cup size A because I think that much quantity was more than enough. Toppings are also Naughty (Rs.30 each) or Nice (Rs.20) I chose a naughty topping. So my yogurt + topping cost me Rs. 60 which was decent and worth it. The cupcake was for Rs. 65 which I felt should not have been more than Rs. 50. Their smoothies and milkshakes are for Rs. 150 and I decided to save trying them for later.  A tea/ coffee is for Rs. 65, Green tea for Rs. 85, etc.

Verdict– Sugadaddy is not the best place for yogurts or desserts but is not that bad either. Give it a shot and decide.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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