The food scene in Baroda has been developing gradually and a lot of cafes and restaurants have been popping up. As the audience for cuisines such as Thai, Arabian and African has increased, so have the places offering the same. Although the authenticity of the food that some of these places serve is questionable, most of them have stayed true to their respective cultural roots and consequently have brought the world on a platter. This revolution that seemed to be taking place in the culinary scene in Baroda, however had remained limited,mainly because there was no explicit improvement in the area of desserts. The number of places that provide authentic and varied desserts can be counted on the fingers of just one hand! But with the opening of a French patisserie named L’amour last week, it seems that the Baroda’s dessert scene is no longer stagnant.
L’amour is located in the bylanes of Ellora Park, inside the lane next to Mr. Toasties. It is a small, pretty-looking establishment, which is quite welcoming. The ambiance is completely in congruence with the cuisine that the patisserie caters to,which is French desserts. A good ambiance plays a great role in attracting customers initially so I’ll give L’amour extra points for that.Another thing I was impressed by was the variety of desserts that they have. Shikha Chhikniwala, who runs this place, has come up with quite a lot of desserts and has given them all innovative names. You might happen to find a Barbie dessert or a Hazel and Gretel which will immediately take you back to your childhood days. I walked into L’amour on its very first day and it managed to attract me to itself once again.
Here’s my take on the desserts I tried
1)Salted caramel pastry:
Salted caramel is my latest obsession and I like my desserts to be full of it. I ordered the pastry on my first visit. The pastry is topped with a generous amount of cream which is absolutely delicious. I found the proportion of salted caramel to be quite less but the cream saved the dessert.
2) Chocolate cupcakes:
So these guys were giving away complimentary cupcakes to all the visitors on the first day. These cupcakes were so delicious! In Baroda, we have a lot of places that serve Insta-worthy cupcakes but very few places serve cupcakes that one’s stomach can really appreciate. The cupcakes were creamy but not as dominated by the cream as the salted caramel pastry was, so people who aren’t fond of cream will also enjoy this dessert.
3) Hazel and Gretel:
I’ll give L’amour extra points for the innovative name itself. This dessert, as the name says, is dominated by hazelnut. It has different layers of hazelnut within it and it is perfect for those who hate extremely sweet desserts. It is also low on cream yet manages to woo one with the layers of hazelnut dacquoise.
4) Salted caramel macaroons:
I had the aforementioned salted caramel pastry on my first visit and since I wasn’t satisfied with it, I wrote a review stating how it could’ve been better has there been more of the said ingredient. The next time I went there, Shikha had prepared salted caramel macaroons with plenty of salted caramel. This was my favourite dessert at L’amour. I couldn’t get enough of it. L’amour is one of the 2 places in Baroda that offer salted caramel macaroons and it absolutely nailed them.
I wouldn’t say that all the items at L’amour were perfect, but it is one of the best places in Baroda at the moment. It has surely leveled up the dessert scene in Baroda. They make customized cakes as well as entremets that they serve on the counter. They also make new desserts daily; so don’t be surprised if you’re greeted by a fluffy cheesecake or a pumpkin spiced macaroon as you walk in. L’amour is a place where you can sample a macaroon or a cupcake or go wild with your choices and try a passion-fruit dessert(try it only if you like fruits in your desserts!) and have a relaxed time. From the looks of it, it seems like L’amour, with its fancy desserts and quaint interiors, is here to stay. Go there and try some of the best desserts Baroda has ever witnessed. Bonjour, Baroda!