After the iconic Park Street Music World made room for Au Bon Pain, the cafe bakery – everyone was initially sceptical about the place. But soon it won hearts for its bakery items. I was one of them. The smell of freshly baked items used to be the best thing for me here. It still is. But now there are more reasons to love this place. They now have a new look, a new menu and some amazing new offers.
Last time I was in Park Street I saw they were closed for renovations. And then one day I got an invitation from them to experience the revamped outlet. The first thing I noticed when I entered the place was the new design. They have completely changed the area between the entrance and the food counter. The first thing to greet you will be a poster stand with a diagram of the complete concept, where to find what and the procedure. You start from the left, pick your tray, add the items you want (Yes, they have converted themselves to self service mode for the readymade items), order the make to order items, receive your item list, pay and then wait. They will call you by name once your items are ready. Smart, simple and hassle free.
While picking their best items, the bakery ones, from your left, do not forget to turn right too. Or you will miss the tea kiosk which offers three types of teas, unlimited, at just Rupees 50. Yes, you have read it correctly. Unlimited refill at just Rupees 50. First of their big surprise offer. And then as soon as you leave the make to order counter, to your left is the second surprise. Unlimited Coke refill at Rupees 69. You just need to keep that glass, and you can get unlimited refill of any of the flavours on offer. Both the offers are awesome and unbelievably cheap.
The first item I tried from the new menu was the Orange and Papaya Cooler. Though it was a thick drink, the sweet and tangy taste made it refreshing. Liked it.
Next was the Open face Margherita. Crunchy base and flavourful toppings make it an enjoyable dish. Nothing extraordinarily good, but not bad either.
The first food item I tried from the new menu was the Keema Kouign-Amann. Flaky, crunchy, buttery outer layer with minced Chicken filling. It was awesome. The best thing was, both the outer layer and the meat filling tasted great – individually as well as when consumed together. Loved it. They have come up with a great item and it is a must try here.
Herbed rice with tofu Thai curry sauce followed, but it was a dish I personally didnt fall in love with. Might be because I was still not out of the magic of Keema Kouign-Amann. But the Pasta Arrabbiata with Garlic Breads was definitely better. I love arrabbiata sauce and what was served was decent. But it was not spicy enough to do justice to the name. Not bad, not great too.
The second must try from the new menu is the Chicken Keema Cone-wich. Again a minced Chicken dish, but here the filling is juicier and the bread solid. So a more dense taste as far as the covering cone bread and a juicier filling to complement it. Lovely blending to create an absolutely tasty dish.
The Brownie, which ended the journey on a sweet note was perfect. Not too sweet, a crumbly top with a soft and rich inside. Yes, there are better brownies available, but when you are eating it, you won’t regret either.
For drinks the Watermelon and Peach Mojito was refreshing along with the Classic one. But the showstopper was the new Frozen Mint Lemonade. Another must try.
My favourite bakery is now better. I will be visiting again, soon. Specially for the Keema Kouign-Amann and Chicken Keema Cone-wich. And the Frozen Mint Lemonade. And the Unlimited Tea and Coke. And you?