This is the first in a series of posts about my favourite restaurants and cafes in Bengaluru, and by rights, this first post has to be about the cafe and patisserie that has been my haven, for more than a year, now.
When I moved here from Mumbai, I was trying to settle into a new city, while facing all the challenges that come with such a move, like giving up my medical practice, dealing with sick babies, and the like. Our place in Mumbai was very close to a patisserie called Theobroma, and if you’ve eaten their cakes, you know I’m not exaggerating when I say that, for me, Theo’s was the holy grail of all things pastry.
My kids were turning two, soon after we moved, so I was searching for a good patisserie, and I have to tell you, I had no idea it was so tough to find good cake in Bangalore. I trawled LBB and Zomato, for reviews about bakeries and cafes and they threw up many options. I hated them all.
Again, not exaggerating. I hated them all… even the places that claimed to make fancy chocolates and charged a bomb (they shall go unnamed).
By this time, the quest for good cake in Bangalore had kind of turned into an obsession. My palate was trained to Theobroma’s superior cake and chocolate quality, and I refused to settle for less.
To cut a long story short, one day, I walked into a tiny cafe on Cunningham Road, hidden away in a small bungalow in Hatworks Boulevard – L’inouï.
And it felt like finally, the cake gods were smiling upon me again.
Everything, from the chocolate quality (they use pure Belgian chocolate), the quality of their cake (which they don’t need to smother in hideous icing), to the sheer imagination that is at work in creating every single dessert, everything was perfect. I felt like eating cake again, and all was right in my world.
Now for the important part, namely, the food.
Please remember that this post has been a long time coming. I’ve been going to L’inouï very often in the past year, and these pics are a result of all those visits. I have NOT eaten all of this in one sitting, so don’t judge.
My top favourite pastry at L’inouï:
The cold chocolate pie
A cake that looks like a handbag – nuff said!
It looks gorgeous and tastes delicious and is a work of art. Sheer dark chocolatey decadence.
I can never finish this by myself. It looks small, but, packs quite a punch.
Second place goes to:
Apple caramel pastry
This is much sweeter than their chocolate pastries, but the apple filling between the layers of sponge and cream, is simply divine.
Chocolate truffle pastry
This is slightly sweeter, and my kids just love it.
Eggless raspberry cake
This was a pleasant, summery surprise. Layers of sponge, interspersed with raspberry jam, and topped with fruit chews, it looked and tasted yummy.
The owner, Anusha A Chowdaiah has achieved the perfect combination of great taste, classy decor and very helpful staff. They also have a branch at The Leela Palace.
L’inouï serves the best cake in Bangalore, so, please do go and get some.
One time eat or repeat?
Definitely, eat and repeat!
By Kimaya Kolhe
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