Dessert Safari: 29 Sweet Spots To Hit In Bandra (and Khar)
It wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that about half of Bandra West and Khar’s food landscape is made up of dessert places. There’s every kind of confectioner in the neighbouring suburbs, from old-school bakeries and high-end patisseries to mithai shops and ice cream stores, apart from all the cafes and restaurants that also target the sweet of tooth with pastry-laden counters. Over the last week we suffered a sugar overdose while picking our top desserts in the city’s sweetest neighbourhoods.
American Express Bakery
This Bandra icon serves delicious tea time cakes, biscuits and muffins in addition to consistently good breads and savouries. Their heftily portioned and coffee soaked Hungarian coffee cake (Rs45) is among our top picks.
Villa Sushma, 87 Hill Road, opposite The Sassy Spoon, near Holy Family Hospital, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2642 2857. Open daily, from 9am to 8.30pm.
They’ve got 32 flavours and then some variations like ice cream cakes, shakes and sticks. The best-sellers include a cotton candy flavour that we’d advise you to avoid in favour of their many chocolate options, our favourite of which is the Mississippi Mud (Rs74 for a small scoop), a decadent scoop of dark chocolate fudge.
13, Pearl Heaven CHS, Chapel Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 6570 2800. Also at Shop No.2, Bhale Rao Apartment, Union Park, Khar Tel: 93235 05426; and New Kamal building, Linking Road, opposite National College, Bandra (West). Tel: 99872 20033. Open daily, noon to 12.30pm. For other locations, see here.
For a company that makes hundreds of kilos of sweets a day, Brijwasi’s stuff is consistently good. The ghee-laden motichur ladoo (Rs500 per kilo) and kala jamun (Rs20 per piece), a darker, stiffer cousin of the gulab jamun stand out.
248 Linking Road, opposite National College, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 6507 5927. Open daily, from 9am to 9pm. Also at: Shop 3, ALJ Residency, Pali Naka junction, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2600 0686. Open daily, from 10.30am to 7.30pm. For more locations, see here or order from Scootsy.
The chain’s palm-sized brownies are made sinful by blending brownie batter with popular chocolates such as 5 Star (Rs45), Lindt (Rs80), Ferrero Rocher (Rs70) and Toblerone (Rs70).
Gangagiri Co-Operative Housing Society, Carter Road, Khar. Tel: 98202 91196. Open daily, from 9am to 1pm. For other locations, see here.
Two generations of college students have got their sugar fix from the cheesecakes, mousses, cupcakes, pastries, tarts, cookies and donuts sold at this suburb institution, the mosaic-tiled Pali Hill flagship of which has multiple levels that remind of us a sumptuous wedding cake. We prefer their homestyle preparations, such as their generously sliced and perfectly-crumbed and moist rich chocolate cake (Rs100), over the fancier items such as the cheesecakes.
Mac Ronells, next to Learners Academy School, Pali Hill, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2643 0728. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.30am to 10.30pm; Monday, closed. Also at: ONGC Complex, Bandra Reclamation, near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2642 3512 / 2642 3513. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.30am to 10.30pm; Monday, closed. And at: Union Park, near Bai Avabai Framji Petit Girls High School, Pali Hill, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2648 1686. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.30am to 10pm; Monday, closed.
Chocolateria San Churro
San Churro’s sweet offerings are a notch above the average coffee shop’s fare. Nurse their luscious couverture hot chocolate (Rs190) as you would a glass of fine whisky and indulge in their platter of freshly crisped churros (Rs195 for small, Rs350 for medium and Rs695 for large) that are best paired with the accompanying dark chocolate sauce.
11, Silver Pearl, Waterfield Road, Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2640 0044. Open daily, from 11am to 1am. See here for more locations.
Country of Origin
The patisserie makes some of the best brownies in the city. COO offers six varieties and the best is surprisingly an eggless option: the luxurious double chocolate brownie (Rs60).
Pearl Haven Cooperative Housing Society, 86A Chapel Road, diagonally opposite Mount Carmel Church, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 6532 5222. Open daily, from 11am to 11pm. For more locations, see here.
Deliciae’s Belgian chocolate pastry (Rs160) is the sort of rich, pricey dessert worth indulging in on a day you find you’ve either topped the university, landed your dream job or discovered you’re next in line to be laid off and the only thing that will keep you from collapsing in despair is a mountain of chocolate.
Out of the Blue, Le Sutra Hotel, 14 Union Park, Khar (West). Tel: 022 2600 3002. Open daily, from 9.30am to 1am. For more locations, see here.
Dunkin Donuts & More
The American chain has a needlessly large variety of doughnuts, including sacrilegious mithai flavoured ones, when there are only three that are really worth having: the chocolate frosted, cinammon flavoured and glazed doughnuts (Rs64 each), in descending order of superiority.
Bharat Bhuvan, opposite Only Parathas, Linking Road, Khar (West) Tel: 022 2600 6999. Open daily, from 8am to 1am. For more locations, see here.
The premium American ice cream is served in a posh, well-lit parlour that’s bigger than several Bandra restaurants. The seating facilitates the consumption of their sculptured ice cream desserts such as the Eiffel Towel and Brooklyn Bridge and less elaborate but just as indulgent options like the sundaes, banana split and Belgian waffle. We usually opt for the relatively modest but no less satisfying scoop of caramel biscuit and cream ice cream (Rs207 for a single scoop), which is the frozen equivalent of the luscious cinnamon-laced Speculoos spread. For us, it’s tied with the yuzu citrus and cream flavour (Rs207 for a single scoop), which is thankfully more tart than sweet.
G 1, Sagar Fortune, Waterfield Road, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 3015 0819 or order from Scootsy. Open daily, from 11am to 1am. See here for more locations.
While kids lineup for their cold stone assembled ice cream-based desserts such as the Chocolate Assassin (chocolate ice cream with Dairy Milk, 5 Star and dark chocolate fudge), Angel Apple Pie (French vanilla ice cream with waffle chips, apple jam and roasted almonds) and Mint Cookie Monster (mint ice cream with Oreo cookies and dark chocolate fudge), we go straight for a scoop, sometimes two, of their Belgian dark chocolate ice cream (Rs113 for a single scoop), which is worth chucking up a diet for.
Gagangiri Co-operative Housing Society, off Carter Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 98331 06268 or order from Scootsy. Open daily, from 11.30am to 1am. See here for more locations.
The menu’s got shakes, smoothies, slushes, ice teas, waffles, pancakes and a page of pies, cheesecake and pastries but if you want to make a meal out of your dessert, get one of their sundaes. You can make your own from their selection of fresh-tasting ice creams – we’re fans of the dulce de leche and cookies and cream – or order one of their six options. Our pick is the Deli Banana Project (Rs692), essentially a sundae twist on a banoffee, made with vanilla and coffee ice cream, salted peanuts and candied pecans. Settle in one of their booths, order a glass to share and you’ll feel like you’re in an old-school Archie comic until the bill comes and you to have pay present-day prices.
8, Fatima Villa, 29th Road, Pali Naka, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 3015 1843. Open daily, from 9am to 11.45pm (last order). For other locations, see here.
The Bandra institution does brisk business selling Sindhi chaat and mithais. Their bestsellers include the ghee-lavished sev barfi (Rs740 per kilo) and rich, fresh and milky malai barfi (Rs680 per kilo).
Ground Floor, Home Land Apartments, opposite Bandra Medical Stores, 55 Hill Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 3003 8083. Open daily, from 8.30am to 10pm.
The international chain is one of only two serious contenders in the city’s doughnut wars and also the finest purveyor of the globally-loved classic glazed doughnut (Rs65).
Shop No 1 & 2, Carlton Court, Manuel Gonsalves Road, near Lemon Leaf, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2644 6053 or order from Scootsy. Open daily, from 9am to 12.30am. See here for more locations.
La Folie Lab
Call on the Lab when you went to impress a date or mark an occasion with fancy French pastries that are constructed and plated like precious pieces of art. Their lemon meringue (Rs220) and homey pecan pie (Rs240) stand out from their new selection of sweet treats.
Shop No.1, Libra Tower, 70 Hill Road, opposite Saint Peter’s Church, Bandra (West). Tel: 91679 37019. Open Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 11pm and Saturday and Sunday, from 8.30am to midnight. See here for more locations.
Our sugar addiction is regularly fuelled by the French patisserie’s bite-sized and pop-coloured treats such as macarons, cupcakes, choux pastries and tartlets. The lavender macaron (Rs65), red velvet cupcake (Rs55) and chocolate choux pastry (Rs55) make up our weekly order.
Siffin Apartments, Ground Floor, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Road, Khar. Open daily, from 10am to 11pm. See here for more locations.
This modest-looking under-the-radar cafe serves a playful menu of crepes, dessert sandwiches and waffles. The red velvet crepe (Rs137) is an attractively plated dessert of a deep red and fluffy crepe with a surprise filling of a dark chocolate brownie.
Shop 2, Ground Floor, Pankaj CHS Ltd, near the Ambedkar Statue, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Road, Khar. Tel: 982155 8085. Open daily, from 11.30am to 10pm.
Love & Cheesecake
Getting your hands on really good cheesecake involves the effort of placing an order with a home baker and collecting it. What you see in pastry shops is usually a gelatinous facsimile of the real thing. That said if you find yourself in Bandra with an urgent craving for the dessert, get Love & Cheesecake’s cold lemon cheesecake (Rs120), which has a citrus glaze reminiscent of old-school lemon tarts.
Shop No.10, Gagangiri Co-operative Housing Society, off Carter Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 98199 35135. Open daily, from 11am to 11.30pm. For more locations, see here.
Minus 301 Degrees F
We don’t care much for the spectacle and pomp involved in the making of liquid nitrogen ice creams, but we do love their exceptionally creamy guava chilli flavour (Rs90 for a cup) that’s almost as good as the street-side summer treat of fresh slices of guava sprinkled with masala. The thick scoops are lightly dusted with a blend of salt and red chilli powder that recalls the childhood snack.
Ground Floor, Kenilworth Shopping Arcade, same building as KFC, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 98208 54485. Open daily, from 3pm to 1am.
Natural Ice Creams
This three-decade-old chain has survived despite the surge in newfangled concept ice cream stores on the merit of its seasonal fruit and nut flavoured treats. The sitaphal, tender coconut, mango and roasted almond flavours (Rs50 per cup or cone) are delicious and surprisingly consistent across outlets.
6, Classic Corner Building, near Holy Family Hospital, Hill Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 6697 2848. Open daily, from 10am to midnight. See here for more locations.
Punjab Sweet House
The mithai shop is equally frequented for its chaat, but if you’re looking for more than a snack or sweetmeat on the run, head to their first-floor restaurant, Lashkara, which is a bit of a Bandra secret. From their ‘Kuch meetha ho jaye’ section, which offers gajar ka halwa and moong dal halwa, we recommend the rabdi jalebi (Rs210), in which the creaminess of the rabdi balances the syrup of the jalebi.
Shop 3 & 7, Dheeraj Arcade, Pali Naka, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 3015 1727. Open daily, from 11am to 4pm and from 7pm to 11.30pm.
Serve their rainbow range of kulfis (available on a stick, shape of a disc or in a matka) at a party and they’re very likely to become the talking point of the soiree. The classic flavours such as malai and pista (Rs55 for a stick, Rs70 for a slice and Rs65 for matka) are just as pleasing as the seasonal fruit and nut flavours such as fig, mango, roasted almond, sitaphal and guava.
Shop No.6, Gagangiri Co-operative Housing Society, off Carter Road, Khar. Tel: 96194 34981. Open daily, from 11am to 11.30pm. See here for more locations.
Calcuttans might sneeringly claim that Bengali sweets in Mumbai have nothing on Balaram Mullick or K. C. Das. Pay no attention to them. Sweet Bengal’s kheer kodom (Rs22 per piece), a kheer-wrapped, dense rasgulla, and mishti doi (Rs35 for 100 grams), curd sweetened with jaggery, can stand up to the best the motherland has to offer.
Shop No 5, Ground Floor, Shivdarshan Building, 33rd Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2646 0621. Open daily, from 10.30am to 9.30pm. Also at: Plot 757, Ramee Guestline Hotel, opposite the Post Office, S. V. Road, Khar. Tel: 022 3246 7901. Open daily, from 10am to 10pm. For more locations, see here.
Sweetish House Mafia
Bandra was one of Sweetish House Mafia’s most frequent stops when it operated out of a Tata Nano so it’s appropriate that the suburb has got the largest outpost of the cookie chain, where you can pair your biscuit with a glass of milk. Fans of Snickers should order the Peanutella (Rs100) milkshake, which is pretty much a liquid version of the peanut-packed chocolate. Of their seven cookies, we find ourselves often craving their signature item, the beautifully gooey but not oversweet Nutella with sea salt (Rs135).
14/A, Silver Sand building, near HDFC Bank and HSBC Bank, Pali Naka, Bandra (West). Tel: 88794 43646. Open daily, from 11am to midnight. For other locations, see here.
Take a quick trip to Paris via the French creperie chain’s Nutella and banana crepe (Rs260), which comes packed with bananas and oozes Nutella, or travel to the city of love through their tart and sugary Crepe Suzette (Rs100). Alternatively, pick from their selection of ably-executed seasonal desserts of the day such as the strawberry triamisu or chocolate macaron. Their Callebaut-enriched, silken dark hot chocolate (Rs180) will also do the trick.
Gaspar Enclave, opposite Gold’s Gym, St. John Street, Pali Hill, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2641 1431. Open daily, from 9am to 11pm. See here for more locations.
The Sassy Spoon
No offence to chef Irfan Pabaney, but if you haven’t tried one of owner and pastry chef Rachel Goenka’s desserts you haven’t really eaten here. The caramel peanut tart (Rs350) is a warm caldera of caramel that slowly flows out once you break the levee of pastry. It comes with peanut brittle, which is really fancy chikki, and a luscious caramel ice cream. Also worth getting is the dark chocolate and basil fondant (Rs350), a knoll of chocolate that conceals a basil-flavoured filling. It’s a winning combination once you get over the coolant-coloured basil ooze.
Classic Corner Building, next to Holy Family Hospital, Hill Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 6105 4556. Open daily, from noon to 10.45pm. For other locations, see here.
Its location right off Linking Road makes it a great meeting spot, and conversations here aren’t complete without an order of their chocolate chip brownie (Rs60) and a takeaway of their chocolate dense loaf (Rs200), which we’ve found also makes for a fail-proof last-minute dinner-party gift.
Ground Floor, Link Square Mall, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 91673 85251 / 99209 96542. Open daily, from 9am to midnight. See here for other locations.
Yogurtbay, which opened in 2011, was one of the first local frozen yogurt chains to swirl into the city. It continues to churn out densely creamy dessert in a number of flavours. The blueberry cheesecake (Rs110 for a small serving), a popular favourite, is also our top pick, followed by red velvet (Rs130 for a small serving).
Shop No.11, Gagangiri Co-operative Housing Society, off Carter Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 18001 208845. Open daily, from 11am to midnight. For more locations, see here.
6th Street Yogurt
The fro-yo fever that gripped the city in 2012 has subsided but this chain remains a rage with loyal customers such as us. We stock tubs of their tart original flavoured and strawberry fro-yo (Rs62 per cup and Rs250 per tub) that we keep near for whenever we’re struck with the midnight munchies.
Rachael Building, near St Andrew’s Church, St Paul Road, off Hill Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 6555 5805. Open daily, from noon to midnight. See here fore more locations.