Cafe Gluttony delivers a sinful dessert experience
All good things come in tiny packages and Café Gluttony may very well be a good example of that. The cozy little café located in the Hotel Alankar premises in Ram Nagar is the newest dessert bar in town and from the looks of the crowd it is pulling — it is here to stay. Café Gluttony, aptly named when one looks at the spread on display, mainly specialises in pastries while also serving burgers, sandwiches and coffee. “For me, food is all about invoking our senses and letting go of our inhibitions to simply indulge. Being a big glutton myself, I couldn’t think of a better name,” shares Aarudhra Giri, who owns the café.
Off the beaten track
What sets the café apart from the others in town are their sinful selection of pastries like the Tres Leches cake, mud pie, mini eclairs, the classic cheesecake, gulab jamun parfaits and an assortment of chocolate cakes and tarts that aren’t readily available in the city. “We did not want to go with the usual blackforests and pineapple cakes. So we decided to explore the English pastry route,” says the 28-year-old baker who has a degree from the Institute of Culinary Education, Manhattan.
Apart from the pastries, Café Gluttony’s signature savoury dishes like the lamb burgers, Thai red curry chicken and Cajun chicken and Aioli sandwich are crowd pullers. When we sampled the juicy burgers with the in-house mayonnaise and caramelised onions, we know that the products used in the cooking are as fresh as they come. “All our produce is locally sourced – the vanilla and chocolate are from Pollachi, our coffee is sourced from our own estates, and we procure our grains for our multi-grain bread from the local farmers,” says Giri.
Let them eat cake
The burgers were followed by the pesto paneer sandwich, which has the softest melt-in-the-mouth paneer as its base with the creamy pesto sauce adding a punch to it. One should not miss the bowl of piping hot honey chilli baby corn which has the right amount of spice that is balanced with the sweetness of honey. We quickly move on to the most exciting part of the menu, the dessert section, and we are pleasantly surprised with the Tres Leches cake, which is served in a bowl with three kinds of milk. Before we can get over the moistness of the cake, we dig into the classic cheesecake, which is a signature pastry at the café that is served with strawberry or blueberry sauce as per request.
All the dishes from breads to pastries are made from scratch and cakes are also customised according to client’s wishes. “Nowadays, people request for sugar-free cakes. So we switch refined sugar with coconut blossom sugar. I love to tweak my recipes to suit the Indian palette,” says Aarudhra.
While the tiny café can comfortably seat 20 members with five tables, Aarudhra has plans of expansion in the near future. “The response has been overwhelming, so expansion is in the cards. If all goes well, I would eventually like to branch out to Chennai as well.”
Approximately 500 for two.
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