Mumbai Food: 5 places to hit for yummy egg-free desserts
If you've always fretted about the dearth of yummy egg-free desserts, here's something to look forward to. Shraddha Uchil handpicks five options across the city that hit the sweet spot
For the love of chocolate
Celebrity chef Ranveer Brar's latest offering, TAG, is being hailed for its delicious vegetarian offerings. Among these finds is the White Sesame and Chocolate Pave with 70 per cent dark chocolate mousse and Nutella dust (Rs 300). "The recipe is inspired by my love for Nutella and brownies. The challenge, however, was to create an eggless version that would be moist. To enhance the nuttiness, we used sesame," says Brar about his creation.
AT: Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel.
CALL: 24972424 (only by reservation)
Have your (eggless) cake
Mansi Shah lived in the US for a few years, where she faced great difficulty finding desserts that were vegetarian. "The few options that were available lacked taste and texture. So I started baking my own cakes to celebrate any special occasion in the family," says Shah. After returning to India, she started The Cake Salon, which creates completely egg-free desserts, specialising in sugar flowers and fondant cakes. Shah doesn't have a standalone store, but takes orders for customised cakes and other desserts.
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The dainty shortcakes at Deliciae - Bandra's newest standalone patisserie - are all eggless. They come in a range of flavours such as Apple Cinnamon, Strawberry, Peach and Kiwi, and Banana Nutella, among others. Try the Strawberry Shortcake (Rs 180), which is a beautiful marriage of flavours and textures. It stays solid in your hand but gently crumbles and melts in your mouth. The strawberries provide a lovely contrast to the cream. "There is a huge demand for eggless desserts, and we wanted the shortcake to be one of the highlights of the store, as they are light, great in taste, and something others are not doing," says owner Bunty Mahajan. She adds that her son, who adores shortcakes, was the one who insisted they be included in the menu.
AT: Khar Danda Road, opposite Curio Cottage, Khar (W).
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Piece of pie.
If you want to go the healthy way with your desserts, try the Chickpeas Walnut Banana Pie (Rs 150) at Garde Manger Cafe. The pie uses ingredients such as dates, walnuts, honey, chickpeas and multigrain flour. You could also try the Greek Yoghurt Apple Crumble (Rs 180). "We wanted to start a cafe that serves healthy vegetarian food because a lot of people are now conscious about their diets. Moreover, my family is vegetarian," says owner Parvinder Singh.
AT: 3, Paranjay Scheme Marg No 1, Paranjape Nagar, Vile Parle (e).
Pot of gold
The Flower Pot Surprise (Rs 387 plus taxes) at Jamjar Diner is exactly what it claims to be. An innocent-looking pot holding an orchid stem will arrive at your table. However, stick your spoon into the Oreo "soil" and you'll find that it hides a happy mix of gooey brownie, marshmallow, and ice cream. The best part? It's all vegetarian. Don't expect to be able to polish off this mini bucket-sized treat all by yourself.
AT: Plot No. 7A & B, Aram Nagar ll, Jai Prakash Road, Versova, Andheri (W).
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