Jun 28 2014

Kirith’s Patisserie, Byculla- Review

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I’m a total junk food and dessert person so it was no surprise that I was super excited to try Kirith’s Patisserie at Byculla.

What I had:

Kirith's pastries1 Chocolate heaven (Rs. 70) – Rich chocolate pastry that’s hard to share! Truly heavenly! Must have!

Death by Chocolate (Rs. 65) – Not as deathly as I wished it was. The cake was not very soft and it didn’t taste that great.

Black & White Forest (Rs. 60) – Soft, creamy and nice. Lots of cherries!

Walnut Brownie (Rs. 60) – Not the best brownie I’ve had but this one’s loaded with walnuts and is quite tasty. Not bad for the price.

Chocolate tart (Rs. 50) – Yum! Worth having for sure!

Kirith's tarts1Veg puff (Rs. 40) – Superb! Loved the crispiness of the puff and the taste of corn, spinach and cheese inside. Really good!

Veg pizza slice (Rs. 50) – The bread was a little chewy but not bad overall.

Green Goddess Burger (Rs. 50) – Avoidable. I’d go eat the burger from Mc Donald’s instead.

Kirith's savouriesWhere? I had called for all the items at home but was not too happy with that service so it would be better to just go to their outlet. They’re located at Byculla, near St. Mary’s school, opposite Mazgaon court. You can call them on 022 67303649.

Verdict– Kirith’s Patisserie is a bit of this and that. If you happen to be around Byculla, do go there and have their Chocolate heaven pastry or Veg Puff.

Rating– 2.5/5

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May 19 2014

Pure Sin Chocolates, Khar (W)- Review

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Pure Sin Chocolates,  kharWhoever said ‘Chocolate makes you put on weight’ was right. Well no wonder chocolates are considered to be a ‘Pure Sin’.  What an apt name for this particular brand of chocolates which I tried very recently at Khar. Here’s my review.

What I had- Being a chocoholic, I wanted to pick up every chocolate from the store and stuff it in my mouth but the owners Sanjay and Aarti were sweet enough to let me try all their flavours. Ooh I was sooo excited! Now, since I tried 35 different flavours of Pure Sin chocolates, I’m going to make your selection easier so you can pick the best from the rest.

Pure Sin 1The ones I LOVED! (Must Haves):

1)      Almond Rock- A classic. Simple awesome.

2)      Dark Mint Rises-Now, if you’re an ‘After 8’ fan, this one’s pretty close. The difference is that the mint in the chocolate has a grainy texture and that feels great in your mouth.Pure sin 2

3)      White Espresso- The white chocolate and coffee play ping pong in your mouth. If you love coffee, you must not miss this! What a beautiful chocolate this was!

4)      U crack me up- This one’s got a fantastic aftertaste! With caramel and a biscuit-y, malt-ish texture, its crunchy and an absoulte delight to have!

5)      Baby Latte- Milk chocolate ganache in milk chocolate. This is one of those chocolates that you call the-melt-in-your-mouth’ types. Eat it when its semi soft and taste heaven.

6)      Pista Rocks- This one’s awsome because of the crunchiness of the pistachio and most importantly, they dared to sprinkle a good amount of salt on the pista which give the overall chocolate more character. So this one scores bravery points!

7)      Rock me hazy- Roasted hazelnut in dark chocolate. Pure Sin nails this one for sure! Yummers! Undoubtedly one of my favourites.

8)      Mrs. Brown– This one’s a simple, creamy milk chocolate and it doesn’t go wrong. Creamy and amazing!

9)      Burnt Sugar Cups- Gooey caramel and rich dark chocolate. Yummazing!

10)   Charlie Brown- For all the peanut butter fans, this one will make u go nuts! Loved it!

11)   Biscuit coated in milk chocolate- Simple, classic and delicious! You would want to have many more!

The ones I liked (So-so):

12)   Daze of hazel– This one’s got hazelnut cream inside the chocolate. It’s nice but would have tasted better if the hazelnut taste was a tad more prominent.

13)   Chinoz in Brown– Cinnamon and coffee lovers will love this. There’s equal importance given to the chocolate, coffee and cinnamon and that balance is what makes this one worth a bite.

14)   The Big O– This one was dark chocolate with orange and cranberry. The combination was nice but I would have liked more cranberry and less orange.

15)   Berry Got D’ Blues– Blueberry cheesecake in chocolate? Quite tasty I say!

16)    Karma– Crunchy caramelized roasted almonds dipped in chocolate. Well, it was good but I prefer the classic Almond Rocks.

17)   Chip off the Block– Have it slightly melted and taste the goodness of little chocolate bits in creamy rich chocolate. This one will remind you of Cadbury’s Silk.

18)   Cashew Rocks- It was nice but crunchier cashews could have made all the difference.

19)   Almond Mudpie– A paste of almonds in chocolate. Nice!

20)   Mr. Brown– This one was just a simple dark chocolate.

21)   Berry got D’ Crunch– Raspberry flavoured, crunchy biscuit in chocolate. Pretty cool.

22)   Biscuit coated in Chocolate Caramel- Decent.

The ones I didn’t like:

23)   Tangerine Tango- I thought it was too sweet and orangey. Yeah, I’m just not a fan of orange in chocolates.

24)   Nuts about you- If you’re a Fruit n Nut fan, and especially love raisins you might like this. I thought the raisins were too overpowering.

25)   One Square Inch- This one is filled with peanut nougat. It only sounds fancy but tastes like Lonavla’s Peanut chikki with barely any chocolate taste.

26)   Roses are Brown- Rose + biscuit. This one reminded me of the Rose milk I used to have as a kid. Didn’t like it much.

27)   Baby Brown– Super sweet dark chocolate truffle.

28)   Cherryookie- As the name suggests this one’s a mix of buttery cookie and crushed cherries. Tasted like Jim Jam biscuit.

29)   September Crush- Apricots in chocolate. Naaa! Not my type at all!

30)   Oh Fudge! – Walnut fudge in chocolate. I prefer the Walnut fudge from Cooper’s, Lonavla.

31)   It’s Dark on Marz- Marzipan in dark chocolate. I didn’t enjoy this one too much.

32)   Berry D’ Cheez- Strawberry cheesecake & biscuit dipped in chocolate. Very ok.

33)   Hello Sunshine- Lemon juice in chocolate. Somehow this combination didn’t work for me too much.

34)   Orange flavoured Chocolate biscuit– It would have definitely tasted better if the biscuit was crunchier.

35)   Hazelnut flavoured chocolate biscuit– Would have liked more hazelnut flavour.

Now that you’ve read all about the chocolates, let me make all the pure Veg people happy. These chocolates are all eggless and they’re perfect for gifting!

Pure Sin 3Where? There are two outlets in Mumbai. There’s one at Churchgate and the newly opened one at Khar, near LSD (Off Carter Road). In Pune, Pure Sin is available at B.T. Kawade road, Off Sholapur road.

How much? Most of the chocolates are priced like this- 250gms for Rs.396, 500gms for Rs. 743 and 1 kg for Rs. 1485. A few in the premium range such as Pista rocks, Rock me hazy and U crack me up are priced at almost double. The biscuit coated ones are priced at Rs. 35 per piece.
You can call them on 98204 41589 or 99201 33066 for more details.

Verdict- Yummy chocolates, well packaged and ideal for gifting!

Rating- 3.5/5

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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 26 2013

Cocheta Chocolates, Khar- Review

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Cocheta Chocolates

I’ve tried atleast 5 new places in the last 3 weeks, 2 being dessert places. Cocheta Chocolates is one of those dessert places that makes the best Tiramisu I’ve ever had! Read on.

What I had– COCHETA CHOCOLATES specializes in custom chocolate gift boxes, baskets and high quality business and promotional gifts for almost any event. I had the opportunity to sample some of Cocheta’s desserts and I’m quite excited to tell you how my experience was.

Cocheta chocolates KharChocolate Cake Bite (Rs. 20) – Being the first dessert I tried, I thought it was just ok and was hoping everything else was only better.

Peanut Butter Cake Bite (Rs. 25) – If you’re a peanut butter fan, you must try this. It was superb! Must have!

Date Walnut Muffin (Rs. 70) – Rich with walnuts! It would be a great tea accompaniment.

Moist orange carrot cupcake with cream cheese (Rs. 70) – This one is very well made. The cream does not overpower the muffin and even on its own, the muffin tastes great.

Choco Walnut Fudge Bites (Rs. 370 per 500 gms) – This one took me back to Lonavla! The fudge bites tasted just like the Lonavla fudge and trust me it was absolutely delicious! A must have!

Truffle Torte Dessert shot (Rs. 60) -This looked really nice but tastewise it was alright. Could have been more chocolaty.

Tiramisu Dessert Cup (Rs. 100) – This was out of the world! The best I’ve ever had! Highly recommended!

Chocolates- Oreo (Rs. 750/kg)Nice, Roasted Almonds (Rs. 950/kg) – Not the best roasted almond chocolates I’ve had but not bad either, Hazelnut (Rs. 1100/kg) – Alright, Coffee Fudge (Rs. 950/kg) – Amazing! Melt in your mouth types.

Where?  Cocheta chocolates has their workshops in Khar and Wadala but delivers anywhere in Mumbai. You can call them on 09322244043 to place your order.

Verdict– The packaging of the products varies according to your order but I wish they’d design boxes with proper branding. Apart from that, some of the desserts that I loved and recommend are the peanut butter cake bites, the moist orange cupcake with cream cheese , the Tiramisu and the choco walnut fudge bites! Good stuff Cocheta!

Rating– 3.5/5

 

 

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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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Jul 13 2013

CocoaPod, Worli- Review

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CocoapodCraving something sweet? Not sure what to have? Call CocoaPod and your sweet cravings will be answered!

What I had- The box of desserts was delivered to my place when I was at school. My brother sent me pictures and I was so tempted to gobble them up that I could barely concentrate at work. Here are the goodies I got to try! They customize cakes and items from the menu as you please so feel free to place your orders as per how you wish!

Cocoapod cupcakes Mini Cupcakes (Rs. 25 each) Mango– Nice cream but the cake could have been softer. Blueberry– Loved the cream. Mint– So good that one just wont be enough! Vanilla Choco-chip – Delicious! Chocolate– The best!

Royal Red Velvet mini cupcake (Rs.30) – Yummy in my tummy!

Gooey Chocolate Brownie, Gooey Walnut Brownie (Rs. 60 each) – Taste-wise both were very good but they weren’t soft or gooey. The crust was hard. The walnut brownie was definitely much better than the chocolate brownie.

Cake Pops (Rs. 40 each)Strawberry– It had a chocolate coating and was soft and scrumptious! Loved the cake inside! Chocolate– It looked great but on the outside and the white chocolate layer tasted ok but inside it was fantastic!

Oreo Chocolates (Rs. 25 each) – Great idea and it also tasted nice but I wish it was less sweet.

Dark Chocolate lollipops (Rs. 25 for small, Rs. 30 for medium) – Perfect! It would be even better with nuts inside.

Cocoapod worli dessertsWhere? CocoaPod is located at Worli, Mumbai so all you Worli people are lucky to get it delivered for free to your place. For everyone else, you need to order for a minimum amount of Rs. 500 or Rs. 1000 depending on how far you stay from Worli. You can call them on +91-98338 91456 or +91-98201 08366 to place you order.

Verdict– Try CocoaPod for their mouth watering cupcakes, chocolates and cake pops!

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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Oct 4 2012

The Chocolate Heaven, Vile Parle (W) – Review

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So, this was one of those random, unplanned visits. Actually that’s not new, considering it’s me. So yeah, after snacking at Ice n Rolls at Vile Parle, my friend and I decided to go have some dessert at The Chocolate Heaven. Was it as heavenly as it sounds? You’re just about to find out!

Food– Ok so they have some really cool desserts here. Pastries, chocolates, sundaes, waffles, pancakes, shakes, coffees, teas, cold drinks, chocolate fondues are just among the desserts and drinks. They also have pizzas, sandwiches, pasta and garlic bread. Phew! Now, since we’d already eaten food, we decided to share a Nutella Waffle (2 pieces) which came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The waffle was nice and thick but the sauce on top was not the original Nutella sauce. I could make out from the taste. It was definitely fake Nutella sauce and didn’t taste that good and more so because it was too thin. It could have been a big hit otherwise! For sure! They also had these Chocolate shots which fascinated me and so I decided to try one with Hazelnut syrup. It came in a small shot glass and trust me it was incredibly sinful. I actually had it as a shot and loved it! I recommend that for sure! Also, my aunt said that their pizzas are superb so I’ll probably try them the next time I’m there.

Ambience– Located at Vile Parle west, opposite Bhaidas hall and next to NMIMS, The Chocolate Heaven is a sweet cafe with an outdoor and an indoor section. It’s the perfect hang out for all the college students who want to get out for a quick bite. They’ve got some really awesome quotes on the walls which every chocoholic will agree with.

Service– They’re nice and pretty quick and efficient with their service.

Prices– The Nutella waffle with ice cream was for Rs. 149 and the Chocolate shot was for Rs. 45. The chocolate shot is totally worth it, the Nutella waffle can do with some improvement (Original Nutella sauce). With taxes, the bill came up to Rs. 216 which is decent for what we had.

Verdict– The Chocolate Heaven is here to stay with reasonable rates and good food on their menu. Chocolate shots are a must have! Go try!

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Sep 29 2012

Ne’thing for Chocolate, Charni road- Review

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I’m sure by now you know what a chocoholic I am and how excited I get at the mere mention of the word ‘chocolate’ or ‘dessert’. So it’s pretty obvious why I went and tried ‘Ne’thing for Chocolate’ in the first place!

Food– From thick shakes like Oreo, choco walnut, tender coconut, toblerone, ferrero, snickers, etc.  to sandwiches like choco chilly, roasted almond, double decker, etc.  to Mini Pizzas in different crusts with white choco, choco banana, etc. this place has some pretty interesting chocolate food ideas. I decided to try their basic Chocolate shake- Choco Blast. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy it. It was very ok. It’s similar to Cad-B so if you’re a fan of that, you’ll like it. Somehow the chocolate just didn’t taste that good. I also tried the Chocolate sandwich. Now that was good. It was basically made by grilling 2 triangular breads with chocolate inside and chocolate on top. Just the crust of the bread should have been cut because it was too hard. I’ll probably try their Choco Pizza next time I go there.

Where?– It’s a small little place located at Charni Road, in the same line as Central Plaza theatre and right next to Jawed Habib’s Hair Xpress. They don’t have place to sit so you can either pick up what you want or ask them to deliver if you stay close by.

Prices– The pricing is proper. I paid Rs. 40 for the Choco Blast milkshake and Rs. 40 for the Choco sandwich (2 separate occasions). The most expensive thing on the menu is the Ferrero shake which costs Rs. 90 apart from which everything else is very reasonable. College students from nearby colleges such as Hinduja go there in large numbers!

Verdict– Even though it’s reasonably priced, I wish their chocolate tasted better. It didn’t make me go ‘mmmmm’ like I do when I enjoy my desserts.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Sep 18 2012

Twist Monkey, Nariman Point & FYI, Churchgate- Review

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Yogurts are the ‘In’ thing right now and I just thought it was better to write 2 reviews in 1 and fill you in on the latest ones in town. So, here they are.

Twist Monkey-Review:  Twist Monkey is a small stall that sells frozen yogurt located at Spoon Food Court at Inox, Nariman Point. I had Belgium Chocolate (delicious) in a mini cup (Rs. 40) with Ferrero Rocher sauce as topping (Rs. 40). The combination was good. I really liked the taste of the yogurt. The next time I went there I had the Honey Nut Crunch flavour (Rs. 40) with Mocha Ganache- bitter and tasty (Rs.40) as the topping. Now the part that sucks is that the cheapest toppings which are for Rs. 20 are just syrups. All the good toppings are for Rs. 40 so you have to end up spending Rs. 80 to have the smallest sized yogurt with a topping. I’ve also tried their other flavours- Blueberry- ok, Strawberry- yum!

Verdict– Twist Monkey is yummy! Most of their yogurts taste good and so do their toppings but I wish the pricing was better.

Rating– 4/5

FYI (Frozen Yogurt Inc.)- Review: FYI decided to be smart and locate themselves at Cafe Markiv’s, Churchgate where the college crowd is. Out of the ones I tried (Strawberry- superb, Blueberry- bad, Original- good) I thought their Fruitella flavour was yum so I decided to go for that (Rs. 40). Now the good part is that you pay per topping. So 1 topping is for Rs. 30, 2 for Rs. 40 and unlimited for Rs. 60 which is a fair deal. With my mini yogurt, I decided to try the red velvet topping (Rs. 30) which was not that great. As a promotional deal, they also added some Nutella sauce which made the bad taste of red velvet go away to a large extent.

Verdict– FYI is good and so is the pricing. Their yogurts taste great but they definitely should look at getting better toppings.

Rating– 3.5/5

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