Cafe Terra

April 30, 2007

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In the mood to hang out at a charming, little café on lazy weekend and indulge in some waffles or crepes?  Café Terra, formerly known as Dek Lekkerbek, is hidden in the first floor of a building in 80 feet road in Koramangala.  Wrong iron and rubberwood furniture, framed prints on the walls and a bookcase in one corner with Tintin comics work together to create a bistro-diner feel.  The restaurant, which specializes in Belgian waffles, has a menu which includes breakfast items such as omelettes, sausages and crepes, lunch options including soups, starters, pastas, noodles and grilled and baked dishes, and a variety of hot and cold beverages.  

Try the Belgian waffles with seasonal fruit.  Our waffles came with sliced bananas and pineapples and decorated with chocolate syrup with a side of maple syrup.  They were delicious.  The ham and cheese crepes were good too although the crepe or the base could have been a bit lighter.  The scrambled eggs which came with toast were fluffy and very well made.  Coffee was passable. 

Service is somewhat slow but friendly.  Parking is available on the road.  Breakfast for two is approximately Rs.250.  Go there for breakfast on a weekend with significant others.  Kids will enjoy the meal too. 

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On a Plum Cake Trail!

December 22, 2006

What’s Christmas without plum cakes? If you are wondering where to buy your plum cake this X’mas, here is a peek at the products from some bakeries in Bangalore.

All Saints Bakery

The plum cakes in this old-world bakery are very fruity and likely to appeal to folks who like their plum cake on the sweeter side. The cakes have a gentle rum flavour and are mild to taste.

Location: 126/2, Brigade Road, Bangalore, ph:25572091.

Fatima’s Bakery

Lots of tutti-frutti and slightly on the drier side, no rum flavour to speak of, I was not too impressed with Fatima’s plum cake.

Location: 1/2 Hosur Road, Bangalore, ph: 25510378.

Koshy’s

Very rich and extremely moist with rum soaked, aged raisins, Koshy’s plum cakes taste like they have been baked the old-fashioned way. The cakes are not too sweet and the strong rum flavouring packs quite a punch. Delicious! Kids, however, may find the taste too strong.

Location:

Koshy’s Bakery- 1, Wellington Street, Richmond Town, Bangalore, ph:22211516.

Tiny store near the restaurant – 39, St.Marks Road, Bangalore, ph:22213793 (ph no. of the restaurant)

Daily Bread

For the non-traditional version, try the plum cakes at Daily Bread. You can have the rum plum cake which is well, rummy, soft and crumbles in your mouth. The rich plum cake with extra fruits is very, very nutty (with plenty of almonds) and moist with a mild caramel flavour. The rum content is less than the Koshy’s plum cake but nevertheless this cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Location: Daily Bread, 43, 4th B Cross, 5th Block, Koramangala Industrial Area, Koramangala, Bangalore-95, ph: 2563-1302/1304.

Branches in Church Street, Indiranagar, Bangalore Central, Forum Mall (inside Fabmall), Koramangala (inside Big Bazaar), Banshankari (inside Big Bazaar) and Ulsoor.

Sweet Chariot

Distinctly different from the other bakeries, the Sweet Chariot plum cakes are sweet, with a strong rum taste, aged raisins, spices and a mild marzipan flavour. Very rich!

Location: 15/2, Residency Road, Bangalore, ph:41120556.

Various branches in Bangalore.

Nilgiris

On the drier side, with raisins, cashews mixed fruits and vegetables (it has chopped and glazed apples, carrots, mangoes and dates) and a mild rum flavour.

Location: Nilgiris Building, 171, Brigade Road, Bangalore, ph: 25588401

Nilgiris Supermarket locations: Airport Road, Frazer Town, Jayanagar, R.T. Nagar, Jalahalli, Malleshwaram, Kammanahalli, Bannerghatta Road.

My rankings for the plum cakes:

  1. Koshys
  2. Daily Bread & Sweet Chariot
  3. All Saints
  4. Nilgiris
  5. Fatimas

So go on, indulge in some plum cake and wine and have a Merry Christmas!