Amidst the narrow by lanes of Fort lies Bake House Café which is a casualty dining place that serves Italian and Continental cuisine, with some luscious desserts and amazing coffees. Since, it opens at 8 AM, they have a separate breakfast menu which you should definitely check out. Their menu is well curated with specific dishes for veg, non-veg and also they have jain options as well.
The entrance itself reminds me of the colonial era, and so does the interiors . The space is divided between two levels, the ground level where it is mostly packed and the upper level where there are comfortable sofas. The walls of this café are adorned with some vintage frames which compliments the vibe of the place. Upon taking the stairs to the upper level, one can mesmerise at the exquisite red and white glimmering chandelier which is the highlight of the ambience. One can even enjoy some mellifluous jazz covers playing in the background while enjoying the delicious meals; making it a good date place. Overall, the exquisite colonial ambience of this café has its own charm to it.
The staff here is warm, friendly and ever smiling. Zuber and Surendra were courteous in their approach and assisted us in recommending various dishes. The place attracts a lot of footfalls but despite of that the service was prompt.
1) Berry Blend Smoothie: This was the first beverage we tried at the café and upon taking the first sip, we were assured of the quality that Bake House Café serves to its patrons. It was a delectable affair wherein the thickness and consistency was well maintained. The sweetness was balanced making it a lip-smacking drink to start your meal with. I’d definitely recommend it.
2) Cookie and Vanilla Shake: This beverage was the highlight of the evening. The blend of cookie and vanilla was perfectly balanced giving a heavenly taste. The thickness is the key to every shake along with the balanced sweetness; this drink checks all the right boxes. It’s a perfect beverage to sip along with the scrumptious starters served at the café.
1) Mezze Platter: The Mezze Platter has long been popular in countries like Turkey, Israel, Greece, Lebanon and across other Middle Eastern region from where it traveled to other countries. It’s an assortment of the scrumptious homemade hummus, baba ganoush (made with mashed cooked eggplant mixed with tahini, olive oil, and topped with some pomegranate), olive topenade, the soft pita bread and the crisp lavash. Here, the main component is the hummus, which was extremely toothsome and the combination of baba ganoush with the pita was delectable. Props to the chef for the presentation. The platter is quite filling so can be shared between two people, and interestingly ‘mezze’ itself means ‘sharing’ in Arabic.
Rating : 5/5
2) Mac N Cheese Pizza: The presentation of the pizza which was generously loaded with cheese and macaroni appeared heavy at the first glance but upon having it turned out to be extremely light.The bread used for the crust and the quality of cheese made the difference for this scrumptious pizza. It’s hands down one of the best Macaroni N Cheese Pizzas I’ve had. It’s irresistibly creamy, smooth & cheesy. Must try!
Rating : 5/5
Cottage Cheese Steak with Lemon Paprika: The Cottage Cheese Steak was soft on the bite and well grilled. The flavourous sauce complimented both the steak and the steamy butter rice with herbs, giving a tangy and a hint of spicy taste. The vegetables in the platter were well sautéed except for two beans pieces which I found to be a bit raw but can be ignored. Overall, It’s a perfect main course for the vegetarians coming at the café.
Salter Caramel Chocolate Tart: The presentation of the dish itself is appetising and totally Instagram worthy. The tart was topped with roasted marshmallows with an accompaniment of vanilla scoop and whipped cream on the side. The dessert is absolutely luscious, creamy and unique; it’s not everyday you get to see a variety of desserts from chocolate to blueberry on the menu. The texture of the tart was smooth and the combination of vanilla with it is pleasing to the palate. It’s the right kind of balance between sweetness and a piquant taste. Highly recommended.
In conclusion, Bake House Café is a gem of a place in its vicinity serving some scrummy dishes/beverages, having great service and exquisite colonial ambience.