With its bite-sized desserts, Little Things gives you more reasons to indulge your sweet tooth
Tucked away in Road Number 12, Banjara Hills, this quaint patisserie, Little Things, reminds you of one of the cafés that even Nora Ephron’s heroine, Kathleen Kelly from You’ve Got Mail would approve of. This charming parlour offers bite-sized variants of your much-loved desserts and filter kaapis spiked with coconut flavour (don’t ask for cappuccino here) and such. For founder Pratik Biyani and his wife, Rashi, the idea of serving miniature cheesecakes, cupcakes and sweet-dishes in tiny shot glasses stemmed from the fact that they felt too bloated to try all the caramel, chocolate or tiramisu helpings that they wanted. “Also, whenever we ordered cupcakes, I would end up with the cream and my wife with the base,” says Biyani, half-joking.
The interiors are warm and welcoming with old world lights and flowers in glass vases. The café has three kinds of seating – outdoors, indoors and the garden area. The minute details, like the quirky serving counter, boxes with pins and stripes on them wall, the green, yellow and grey furniture is Instagram-worthy.
Goodness in jars
The servings of dessert with colourful icings and toppings are a blast of flavour in every bite. Apart from the mini alternatives, there are live dessert formats available for connoisseurs to try as well. First up from this section was the Créme Brûlée which was served after caramelising the upper layer with a blow torch. The crispy upper layer was a perfect foil for the exquisitely flavoured custard underneath. Next on the table was the multi-layered decadent indulgence, Dessert Storeys. Packed in a glass jar, there are multiple layers that add to the richness. It comprises choco chip brownie, chocolate ganache, caramel sauce, and crowd pleasers like KitKat and Snickers with a scoop of ice cream. The other popular desserts are ‘cakes in a jar’ that come in mud pie, caramel crunch, red velvet, tiramisu and other varities. In
case you want entrée before you head for a sugar rush, you could choose from their extensive, vegetarian fare that include a lip-smacking Mediterranean Wrap, or the Spicy Maggi Panini which is lightly buttered Maggi stuffed between a whole wheat panini. Their Karampodi Burger is their signature fusion dish with spicy gun powder (made with powdered Bengal gram and a dash of chillies that are first roasted) served with a spicy chutney variant.
For beverages there are three sections – Kaapi Twist, a range of detox teas and milkshakes. This section comprises filter-coffee based concoctions are much in demand. We tried the Red Wine Sangria Cold Kaapi (no hint of wine here, though) which was a rich filter coffee decoction with ice cream blend. Their Malibu Copycat Kaapi with a subtle hint of coconut is perhaps the most asked for by patrons. The Arabica and Robusta beans come from Karnataka. Extensive and with an array of delicious twists, Little Things, is full of sugary surprises.
Price: Rs 300 for two people approximately. Details:9885117372
— Paulami Sen