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    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

    —Frances Rao 

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