With the way things are going in the queen of suburbs Bandra, Saturdays and all other days of the week are fast catching up with the Sunday hallmark of lazy-easy-sleepy-foodie days. It all started with the cafe culture, those beautiful little social pockets where anything from casting for movies to marriage proposals to business startups are signed, sealed and delivered. Then Olive, the good ol’ Olive that has always been a trendsetter when it comes to food, fashion, flair and feisty pub nights, starts a Saturday brunch that every Bandra-ite worth his/her Pan Roll takes willingly to. And then comes along the All-Day Breakfast culture where you walk into an Indigo Deli, say, and chow down their best-in-town Eggs Benedict anytime of the day, and pretty late into the night too!
Today, with more and more bakeries opening their doors in the bakery paradise of Mumbai (Nostradamus may have said the number of bakery-cafes will outnumber the Catholics in Bandra by 2018… Any bets? 😜) the legend of the Bandra bakeries takes on a shiny new avatar, with light bites and desserts available all day, all week, with room for everyone from the huge Poetry by Love and Cheesecake to the decidedly posh La Folie to the popular Theobroma to the tiny Spring St. Bakery. And the fact that all of them are co-existing with the still-flourishing old-timers like Hearsch, Andora, American Express, A-1, and of course, big-daddy Candies simply means you will never go hungry in any corner of Bandra… Now isn’t that a noble thought?
One new bakery to join the Bandra bakery bandwagon is the Boston Cupcakery, having created a frenzy of sorts with their delicious, steeply-priced cupcakes in Lokhandwala and Thane. But this outpost at the pretty corner that used to be Bru World Cafe is not just serving up their already-popular cupcakes, macarons and cupcake shakes, the recipes of which have been perfected under the hawk-eye of Pastry Chef Erik Larsen from popular American TV show Cupcake Wars. This time around, there are savouries and salads as well, thanks to the tireless research and copious trials by lawyer-turned-chef Prangi Jain, the most obsessive of the five very young and very dynamic stakeholders in this venture.
And what this enthusiastic, business-savvy bunch of entrepreneurs brings to Bandra is a breath of fresh air in their slightly left-of-centre, and pretty bold, offerings. From a wholesome Roesti Waffle to a spicy and surprisingly good Keema Pav to the flavour bomb of the Thai Peanut Salad, the dishes are more than just casual light bites and will make for a good lazy brunch, as ours turned out to be in the company of Teddy, fellow-blogger Suprio Bose and cafe co-owner Yash Modi, bang in the middle of a Saturday! And if you are willing to wait a while for your coffee, the Cafe Medici with orange zest is delicious, especially when paired with the ab-defying, decadent Snicker Pastry!
But what’s a Bandra cafe if not more than the sum of its food? Keeping with this unwritten rule, Boston Cupcakery too has a lazy, laidback ambience, set in a cottage-style space with plenty of outdoor seating, so you can catch up on gossip, work and wooing at leisure, any day of the week. Or stop by after your jostle-jog-walk along the seaside promenades to quell those monster hunger pangs. Or pooh-pooh those little peckish feelings away that invariably creep up around 12 noon, 4 pm and 7 pm… is it just me??? Or indulge on your cheat day with your personal trainer in tow, just to show him how a dessert-happy heart is that much easier to motivate! 😋