Head to Smoor for everything from luxury chocolates to gourmet pizzas
ang in the middle of 100 ft Road’s most frequented stretch sits Smoor, the new luxury chocolate lounge by Bliss Chocolates. Close to popular haunts like The Black Rabbit, One Night in Bangkok, Hangover and other 12th main restaurants, Smoor promises to not just be a great stopover for an indulgent dessert, but its selection of salads, pizzas, pastas, and burgers might tempt you to settle down for a meal as well.
The large space, converted from an old house, has been divided into a chocolate studio and a patisserie and a boulangerie area, apart from the kitchen. Cocoa beans, sourced from Ghana, Venezuela, Ecuador, São Tomé and Príncipe are turned into their signature couverture creations, that range from baking bars to chocolate buttons and hot chocolate dips (chocolate squares attached to a plastic stick that you simply stir into hot milk for a thick hot chocolate drink). For those looking for a break from all that chocolate, their selection of savoury and sweet snacks, will have you covered. We particularly liked their Garam Masala and Coconut thins — a blend of sweet and spicy notes that will have you feeling more-ish.
For something light and refreshing, opt for the Quinoa Salad with Honey and Ginger Dressing. Topped with freshly diced radish, it serves as a palate cleanser in between all those chocolate tastings. If you’re craving something more warming and punchy, ask for the crab and prawn bisque — spicy and packed with flavour, it’s given a hint of freshness with chopped coriander. From their selection of pizzas, we recommend the BBQ Chicken that brings together generous chunks of chicken, jalapeno, onions and barbecue sauce on a thin crust. The BBQ chicken wrap is basically the pizza in the form of a roll, but is equally delicious.
While the patisserie section has all the old favourites from their Bliss kiosks, the newly introduced range of ice creams is one to watch out for. We sampled two of their plated gourmet desserts — the Ecuador Hot Chocolate and Coco Indiana. The former is an overdose of chocolate (warm flourless chocolate cake, hazelnut praline sauce, crispy hazelnut crumbs, brand snaps, milk chocolate curls, chocolate soil and dark chocolate ice cream), but finds the perfect balances bitter and sweet notes. Bringing together quintessential South Indian flavours in a modern dessert, the latter (coconut and turmeric cake, coconut mousse, khova crumbs, lemon curd, powdered curry leaf and coconut tuiles) was also quite impressive.
Overall, the casual lounge, with its charming botanical hand painted motifs dotting the walls, sunshine yellow chairs and grey interiors, is a perfect for a spot of indulgence.
`1,200++ for two. At 100 ft Road, Indiranagar. Details: 25211901
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo