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     French pastries, Belgian chocolate and an international chef make The Leela Cake Shop top notch

    Serving some of the finest gourmet delights, The Leela Cake shop, is heaven for those with a sweet tooth. From inviting hand-crafted chocolates dotting the display to the tantalising candy and lollipop stations, this pâtisserie will make you feel like a kid again.

    French macaroons, in endless flavours like caramel sea salt and the exotic blueberry, sit pretty on shelves alongside cinnamon buns and muffins, while the entire length of the wall offers freshly baked breads like Kraftkorn, Vollkorn and Roggenfix and Italian breads like ciabattas, focaccia and grissinis. Quiches and puffs generously filled with chicken (nice chunky pieces as opposed to barely-there shreds), salmon or vegetables make for the ideal tea time snack before you delve into the sweet treats that lay waiting in perfect manifestations.

    Dessert rally
    Chef Aviji Ghosh, the corporate pastry chef, insists that the chocolates used are all of the highest quality. Moulded, enrobed and handrolled chocolates come in diverse and creative flavours using Valrohna chocolates from France, single-origin Callebaut chocolate from Belgium and Felchlin chocolates from Switzerland while the same chocolate, from the various districts, are used to make the pastries as well.
    “Having travelled extensively, I wanted to bring to the table things that are exotic both in terms of look and flavour,” says chef Ghosh, and his delicious creations prove he’s right. He has expertly struck a perfect balance between creativity and taste by intertwining different flavours but keeping the essence intact. His intricate and exquisite 3D party cakes will instantly become the star of a gathering as flavour and design will be spot on. Some of the 3D cakes for children are on display if you need proof!

    Mini treats
    Feeling rather indulgent, we opted for bite-sized pieces of all the pastries on offer starting with pistachio red fruit, raspberry rose petal (with real bits and not just aroma) and a beautifully layered mille-feuille with custard. The chocolate insurgence came next but what we loved is that chef Ghosh mixes it up with offerings ideal for the most jaded palette. The Valrohna guanaja fudge was rich and gooey when had warm, the Black forest pastry – very differently crafted with chocolate powder on the outside was an instant star while the chocolate thyme apricot has greatly refreshing flavours that lent hints of respite from the dominant chocolate. Simply sublime.
    Hot beverages like freshly brewed coffee and exotic teas are also on offer as are treats like eclairs, fruit cakes, tiramisu and cheesecake.

    Rs120 upwards. At The Leela Palace, Old Airport Road.
    Details: 25211234

    —Aakanksha Devi

     

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