When the iconic Music World in Park Street downed its shutters, I was curious to know what is going to replace it. Au Bon Pain started operating from the address few months later and the bakery stole our hearts on our very first visit here. Since then it has become one of our favourite places to dine out in the city. From the muffins to the subs, we have a long list of favourite items from their menu. That they keep adding new items is also a huge plus. So, when we came to know about the Winter Hotties, their latest menu expansion, we were more than eager to try them out.
The first thing that we tried was the Harvest Chicken Salad. It had grilled chicken, roasted spiced pumpkin, feta cheese, toasted almonds and pumpkin seeds in a bed of assorted greens along with a balsamic tahini vinaigrette. I was excited after reading the description as this would be a crunchy salad. But what we received had more reasons to be merry. The soft chicken had a lemony flavour, and along with the spicy pumpkin and the creamy, tangy feta, made a great combination. The addition of the balsamic tahini spiced up the salad. It was filling, full of flavours and fresh. Loved it. If you love salads, this one is a must try.
I was suffering from a dust allergy that day with an itchy throat. So I was looking for something warm and soothing. The server suggested I try the non-alcoholic mulled wine from the new menu. Have never before tried a non alcoholic version of this, so was a bit confused initially. But it turned out to be a great drink. Taste was good and I went on sipping it in between trying other items. Helped my throat a lot that day. If you want to try something warm apart from the regular teas and coffees, this will be good choice.
The non-veg breakfast platter might be good for those who feels confused while ordering. This is a set meal consisting of an egg croissant, sausage, a bowl of fresh fruits and a beverage of your choice (cappuccino or fruit juice). The sausage, juice and fruits were good, but I personally found the egg croissant pretty average. It had poached eggs inside along with a pesto sauce, but lacked seasoning. The pesto was pretty tasteless and as a result it tasted like plain boiled eggs only.
If you must have eggs, then try their Egg Startwich. Poached eggs, veggies and mozzarella cheese are what you will find inside. This was one decent sandwich. The cheese and the veggies add to the flavour along with the egg.
But the best item I had among the sandwiches was the Chicken Flavour Burst. The stuffing had grilled chicken, emmental cheese, spinach & pickled red onions along with mango peri peri on toasted baguette. Absolutely true to its name it indeed was really flavourful. All the ingredients complimented each other and I loved the slight tang in the taste. It was filling and by far the best sandwich among the recent additions. If you are here, don’t miss this one.
It was time to try something sweet and in came the Dark Lava Meltdown. It was tasty, but couldn’t justify the name as the core missed the molten lava. Also the cream topping looked good, but was a bit too much tastewise.
The Chocolate Monkey Bread on the other hand was excellent. We have always been fans of the cinnamon breads here and this one was another version of it. Syrupy cinnamon bread half coated with chocolate. Loved this one.
The Winter Hotties are great additions to the already awesome menu of Au Bon Paine. So don’t wait and plan your visit before the winters are gone.
* Thanks Bang In The Middle for the new menu tasting invite.