Roti Jala! That was the first word that came to my mind when R started squeezing the crepe batter out of the bottle, and, taking care not to burn them or make them too dark, he carefully flipped and slid the pancake out of the pan and onto a plate. He then stuffed them with some dark chocolate stuffing, and drizzled some chocolate syrup on top. “Its my piece de resistance,” he grinned as he pushed the plate my way.
This Valentine, Bon Appetit cafe has a series of crepes to fulfil and exceed your expectations. Whether suffering from broken heart or an empty stomach, you need to taste the twelve kinds of savoury crepes and three kinds of sweet crepes. And yes, while I admit consuming each and every one of them, I also have to admit – it wasn’t easy. But, dear readers, the things I do for you!
So there’s a crepe for virtually everyone – if you like straight flavours, which are simple but successfully put together, try the corn and cheese crepe with the tangy tomato sauce, or its non-vegetarian version with chicken in it. I found the tang of the tomatoes giving the sweet corn niblets a delicate little flavourful nudge, and the soft crepe carrying the creamy goodness of the filling perfectly.
However, if you are, like many others, a fan of traditional North Indian flavours, then the Achari Chicken/Paneer Crepe with Kadai Sauce is right up your alley. Although this wasn’t my favourite thing in the list, both D and RK declared this to be their pick from the menu.
I was rather more intrigued by the Egg and Jalapeño Salsa Crepe with Cheese Sauce. If you love eggs as much as I do, think of this as one of those fixes you would need in your life, because this is sheer bliss for those who love eating their eggs with tomato sauce. The cheese sauce gives it the much-needed salty, creamy hit that cuts through the acid of the salsa. There is a Spicy Paneer Arabbiatta version of this as well, but it could not hold a candle to the egg version in my case. I was also a fan of the Cheese and Bell Pepper Crepe with Creamy Pepper Sauce, which had a non-vegetarian counterpart with Salami in it. The pepper sauce was spot on, and the spicy, peppery filling made me want to dig in with my fork and finish every last bit.
For me, the highlights of the menu were the crepes with pesto cream sauce – the Basil just shone through and the filling inside was the perfect accompaniment. If you are a fan of mustard, then you should ideally order the Barbecue Mushroom/Fish Crepe with the Mustard Cream Sauce – I have to admit, I found the Barbecue Mushroom version to be the clear winner here – creamy, spicy mushroom stuffed inside the crepe and topped with a light mustard sauce which had a very definite bite to it.
When it comes to dessert, R always surprises me, and this time, it came in the form of a Salted Caramel and Coffee Crepe which had chopped cake soaked in espresso as stuffing. While I loved this, I have to admit, out of the three crepe desserts, I found that my favourite was the Strawberries and Cream Crepe, which had a filling that distinctly reminded me of the popular dessert, Tutti-Fruity.
In case crepes are not your thing, don’t worry! Bon Appetit is serving four types of brownies – Salted Caramel, Mixed Nuts, Nutella and Rum Soaked Fruits. I tasted these and more during Bon Appetit’s Christmas promotions, and nearly went into a sugar-induced coma. The Salted Caramel, as well as the Nutella, would be my pick, and if you are still not happy, ask them to make a Brownie Mish Mash, where the brownie would be served as part of a Sundae, with Salted Caramel and Chocolate Sauce, and a good deal of Ice Cream. The Valentine’s Menu will be on at Bon Appetit Cafe (both Salt Lake and Hazra outlets) till the 14th of February (Valentine’s Day), so get there before it ends! The items are all priced between 75/- and 125/- INR.
Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee was invited to a tasting session at Bon Appetit.