Whitefield is becoming an eclectic culinary destination offering French, Italian, pan-Asian and now, German cafe-style dining options. Cafe of Joy, named after the owner Joy Basu, is the latest on the scene and is as charming as the owner. A few outdoor tables behind a white picket-fence leads upto a lovely lav- ender door.
Inside, the white furnish- ings with touches of lavender are fresh and welcoming. Along with the baskets filled with assorted breads that were the next things to catch my eye. Each day, sees a freshly baked supply of different breads. The spe- cials of the day change, ranging from hot meals to light quiches and sand- wiches. Great start As we sat down, a basket of the fresh- ly made bread of the day was served.
We sampled a fitness roll made of whole wheat, shredded carrots, flax, sesame and watermelon seeds, a whole wheat roll with oats, a country millet roll, a sundried tomato focac- cia bread, a German style hard crust sour dough roll and my favourite, an Italian ciabatta, warm from the oven. I chose the German schnechen sausage with Bavarian potato salad. Schnechen in German means snail and the sausage, rolled up like a snail, was robust and full of flavour. The creamy texture of the potato salad complimented it nicely.
One of my companions had the chicken meatloaf with Bavarian potato sal- ad. The meatloaf was smooth tex- tured, like pate, and very delicious. For my other friend, Basu recom- mended the flammkuchen, a thin crust German style pizza with a fresh cream cheese topping with ham and onions. It was light and the cream cheese gave it a new dimen- sion from the usual tomato sauce pizzas. We also sampled some deli- cious mini quiches. Sweet symphony The dessert selection is small and changes daily, just like everything else, to take advantage of the fresh- est seasonal offerings, explained Basu.
We had the classic sacher tort, a Viennese rich chocolate ganache and marzipan cake with a layer of apricot jam. It was divine. Moist and sweet with the apricot jam lending a delightful tartness to the cake. The German style lemon cheesecake made from quark gave it a lightness that the original cheesecake does not usually have. The blueberry muffin with an oatmeal crumble had a dis- tinctly nice texture and taste. For Diwali, Basu will be making special- ity cupcakes.
Breads can be ordered a day in advance and delivered. Rs 800++ for two. At Varthur Road, Whitefield. Details: 9886329015