Baker Street, Pondicherry Stories: Part-1 (French Patisserie)
Breakfast at Baker Street, Pondicherry
For the last few years, all my travel destinations were in the mountains. As much as I enjoy the chill and the coolness of these places, I have been yearning to go to a beach. My last trip to a beach was a brief one, when a friend took me Jumeirah Beach (Dubai, UAE) for precisely 10 minutes.
So when I decided to go to Pondicherry I decided to be discreet about it. I booked my ticket a month in advance and secretly wished Delhi winters to be nice to me (I have a tendency to catch cold fairly quickly).
Pondicherry, famously known as the French Riviera of the East is a beautiful little place. Widely appreciated for its diverse culture, people in Pondicherry co- exist in the most peaceful manner. They speak different languages (Tamil, English and French), have different cultures and cuisines and yet the merger is so amicable.
Although the French left the quarters many years ago their cultural influence is still to be seen and experienced. I walked around the French Quarters for a day to hop from one café to the other. It was one of my happiest days of the trip. The houses looked beautiful, the pebble streets and cafes were too fascinating to look at.
I had my Breakfast at Baker Street on the Bussy Street. A French delicacy concept store, a French and an English guy own this place. The Bakery has variety of confectionary and Boulangerie products. I ordered for Spinach Quiche, Vegetable Panini, Chicken and Olive Sandwich, Raisins escargot and Watermelon Juice.
After coming back from Pondicherry, I now know that how much French love their Quiches. The pastry for the quiche was soft and it melted in my mouth. The filling was luscious mix of cream, cheese and spinach. This is a must have.
Vegetable Panini, a beautiful mix of vegetable in Ciabatta bread was tasty and filling. At most places I have noticed that Pan deli is used for Paninis but it was great to see the right kind of bread being used.
Chicken and Olive Sandwich was creamiest sandwich I have had in Pondicherry. The generous filling of chicken and olives could easily fill your stomach as well as your heart.
Raisins Escargot, made with sweetened bread or Brioche dough. This could be called a cinnamon roll for French. The portion was good enough for two people and it was delectable.
The watermelon juice was tasty, fresh and energizing. The best thing about South India is their fresh fruit produce. You can never get enough of this.
Baker Street had variety of desserts such as Lemon and Fruit Tart, Tiramisu, Baba-au-Rhum, Éclairs, Mille Feuille and more. They serve Croissants, Danish and Brioche. You can buy colorful Macaroons and designer chocolates. On the weekend they serve Pasta and Crepes as well.
The place is priced moderately; my bill came upto Rs 717. The staff is well informed and speaks English and French. This place is a heaven for Bakery lovers.