The first night we went looking for Leo’s Boulangerie, we had to abandon mission, as it was past 10 pm and no one seemed to be at the other side of our call for directions. The second night, we decided to set out earlier, reaching around 8.30 pm. We took a few wrong turns, and made at least two phone calls to finally arrive, if a little ‘shiny’, for our taste test.
The staff is friendly, the vibe is warm and the walls a bright, sunflower-yellow at this tiny new bakery, run by one of the seven partners behind Colaba Causeway’s Leopold Café. The bright, fluorescent light means that you get a good look at the cheesecakes, brownies, and mousse cakes on display in showcases. The breads and cookies are displayed on the shelves facing the display counters.
Fans of sweet bread will like the jammy Danish Pastry
The menu lists over 25 types of cakes and pastries, 15 types of breads and an assortment of cookies, brownies, croissants and quiche. They also do rolls and a couple of vegetarian and non-vegetarian sandwiches that they can rustle up in “six minutes”. Not all the cakes and pastries mentioned on the menu are available on the same day, of course, but you can call in advance to check, or place your order.
Leo’s Boulangerie has no seating, so you will have to ask for your order to go unless, of course, you don’t mind standing and eating. We asked to have our order packed, and headed outside to sit on the steps of an abandoned building to divide our loot for the evening.
The Kahlua Mousse cake looks better than it tastes
Look at me!
The Kahlua Mousse Cake (Rs 70) was skillfully garnished, but not as skillfully made. The mousse was neither light as air, nor rich enough for us to overlook its texture. The Rum and Raisin Brownie(Rs 60) too was pretty to look at, but dry, and therefore a letdown. Vodka and green chillies is typically a genius combination, but the Vodka Green Chilli Mousse (Rs 75) didn’t work for us. The mousse, we suspect, was thickened with gelatine, which is insurance against the mousse collapsing, but it’s not the real deal, and even the eventual kick of the chilli couldn’t compensate for the chewy texture.
The Danish Pastry (Rs 50) with a sticky apricot glaze fared far better and is worth trying, if you’re a fan of sweet breads.
The filling of corn, mushrooms and paneer stirred into chilled mayonnaise and tightly wrapped inside a kathi roll made for an unusual, though far from unpleasant, snack in the form of the American Corn, Mushroom and Paneer Roll (Rs 60). It’s also good value for money.
While the staff is helpful, even friendly, we were disappointed that they had forgotten to include napkins, or plastic cutlery for us. They had also forgotten to pack the Cheesecake that we had paid for. Teething troubles? We hope so. Though, we fear, thoughtful staff is the least of Leo’s problems, and hope that things get better. Soon.
At: Leo’s Boulangerie, Henry Road, Colaba Causeway, off SBS Road.
Leo’s Boulangerie didn't know we were there.
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