India’s F&B industry has seen quite a few stellar entrants in the last few years. Chief among these are bakeries. The 90s pineapple pastry and Black Forest have slowly given way to the millefeuille, the croissant and of course, an assorted of salted caramel everything and of course, the macarons. Whereas you’ll find these even in your neighbourhood bakery, they’re never really up to mark. French pastry is difficult and it’s even more difficult to find an authentic French bakery in India; we can pretty much count the real ones on our fingers.
Whereas a limited French bakery experience has always been available at 5 star hotels such as The Imperial, The Claridges, The Hyatt Regency and the Oberoi Hotels, it was really made accessible to us masses in the more recent part of the last decade. l’Opera introduced us to millefeuilles and choux pastries while the likes of Le 15 acquainted us with macarons and bakeries like Delifrance and The Artful Baker made us taste real French bread. And we know there’s no going back from that. While these can get real addictive real soon, earning your daily (French) bread in India can work out to be very expensive, especially if you’re feeding multiple mouths. So how do you win? Either you spend a large chunk of your savings or make do with the sub par baked goods. Not loving either of the options? Me neither.
So when Brioche Dorée decided to open its doors in Delhi promising to the next authentic French bakery in India, without prices that pinch, it was an exciting moment for all baked goods enthusiasts in the capital. It launched in association with Haldiram so in a plot twist, everything is pure vegetarian. Let’s take a quick look at what the cafe is all about:
The decor can be a little confusing but it’s sunny and pleasant. Chevron giving way to tiled floors, wooden distressed vintage-looking furniture, plush boots and framed prints of food items on the walls. All this under a bright yellow ceiling. Traditional looking lights and a crystal chandelier bring it all together, giving it a very old school vibe.
Have A Par-Tea
Brioche Dorée is technically a bakery but don’t think of it just as a dessert destination. It opens bright and early at 8:30 in the morning so if CP is somewhere on your route to work, it’s a good option for a quick breakfast. A hot cup of coffee and a freshly-baked croissant will set you back by around Rs 200. It is a little upsetting that you can’t add scrambled eggs or omelette au fromage to the mix but, c’est la vie. They do try to fill that void with fresh cheeses and ingredients like truffles. They have a dedicated section just for high tea; even if you’re not all that inspired by the Enid Blyton-esque lifestyle, you may want to take a look at this. It’s full of miniature desserts, croissants, sourdough sandwiches, cookies, tarts and muffins. High tea for two under Rs 500! And yes, you can replace the tea with coffee. Or add a smoothie or juice for that extra kick.
As far as French bakeries in India go, Brioche Dorée seems to have hit the sweet spot for many many people. And it doesn’t stop at being a cafe for light bites. For the bigger appetites, there’s plenty more to choose from. Soups (choose the Mulligatawny), croffins, salads, quiches (the bell pepper and feta one’s supposed to be fantastique), sandwiches, pizza and meal bowls — it’s all there. It’s hard to resist the French baguette with Brie.
Here’s hoping they start delivering soon!
Pain au chocolat isn’t all that’s on the table but do you really need more? The answer is yes. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
They’ve got the usual cakes (Truffle, Rainbow, Caramel, Red Velvet, Blueberry Cheesecake) along with a selection of freshly-baked cookies (try the cranberry) and muffins. Feeling slightly more experimental? The apple puff pastry, blueberry mascarpone tart, chocolate banana tart or the apple puff pastry are are good options. If you’ve decided to visit this bakery while on a diet (why??), there’s a muesli yogurt cup with your name on it.
Home Sweet Home
You can’t possibly eat all you want in one sitting and this doesn’t mean you should just pick your top choice Take home all the dessert you couldn’t fit into your tummies and loaves of fresh bread for your picnic sandwiches. You can also buy jars of cookies for sharing.
If you have a special occasion coming up, this French bakery is more than happy to pack a full cake for you. These start at just Rs 650 (for half a kilo).
Bready To Go
Brioche Dorée is likely to give you a pretty satisfying experience but we are missing some of our favourite all-day breakfast foods such as crepes and waffles. It’s ideal for a quick early evening date with a best friend or your sweetheart. Bite into that French Heart already.
Where: M 48, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Call: +91 9899995222
Follow them on Facebook.
- Published on :