Look around – monsoons have hit the city and the world has suddenly become more romantic. Very few of life’s pleasures top the simple joy of sipping on hot tea and indulging in some sinful chocolate to get a feel of this weather.
For all those who are busy with their lives, looking for life to become perfect – stop. Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take a moment – pause, look around – enjoy a dessert and make it perfect… and when you decide to do that, we’d like to help! Having wiped the frosting off our faces, here’s our take on dessert havens around the city!
Text: Anahita Ahuja
The Matter of Batter
What makes your desserts different?
We concentrate on building original recipes where personal attention is given to each and every product that is sold. Our desserts stand out because we constantly innovate and recreate to bring in flavours and foods from around the globe. But mostly, it’s our concepts and designs that make us different.
How do you look into:
Freshness – freshness is key to our brand’s reputation. This is definitely our main focus. To ensure our products are consumed at their freshest.
Price – Price comes in second to quality. We are providing a high quality product and are priced accordingly.
Appearance: I believe that 40% of the effort must go into the visual appeal of any product. I follow a standard procedure that when a customer walks in he/she should be pleasantly confused looking at the display, that way I know all my products are desirable.
Calories: Often, calories are the least of my worries. It is nature’s law of food that good things are bad for you and bad things are good for you. I don’t want to mess with that. Desserts are a treat, a sweet cheat. This may sound harsh but there’s no such thing as a healthy dessert. I guess that’s why it’s a sinful temptation!
Taste: Taste comes with freshness, even the simplest thing will taste good if it’s fresh. Apart from this, taste of the product forms the basis of survival and growth in this industry. We strive to offer unusual, different and a vast variety of flavours and tastes through our constant creativity and experimentation.
What is your specialty?
Our specialty is definitely our themed cakes, the Cupcakes and Nutella Munchkins
Owned by: Ria Girri
Price for two: Starting at Rs. 150
The Matter of Batter,
Road No. 11, Banjara Hills,
Delta Seacon Building (Lane next to Sarvy).
We went around the city, to find out from some known faces around, about their favourite desserts.
Here’s what their idea of a perfect sinful, cheat sounds like…
Hebah Patel, actress:
I absolutely enjoy sweets, because of which am quite choosy, too. After having tried out a lot of things from a lot of places, I would say the Chocolate Eclair from Conçu, the chocolate brownies and the Classic Chocolate Cake from Labonel are to die for.
Sanjay Kumar, actor and ex-merchant:
I have a sweet tooth and am an addict for cocoa, so anything chocolaty and I am all yours. Labonel Classic Chocolate Cake is my Kryptonite – there is nothing very fancy about this cake but it almost feels like it was tailor made to my taste. It is not too much of an over-dose of chocolate but the right hints of it around your taste buds. If I had to pick between the last Classic Chocolate Cake or The last alive women on earth – I would hands down pick this cake because evolution may give rise again to women but this, I don’t think is possible!
Kirat Singh, businessman:
My favourite dessert in the city would be the sizzling brownie from Ruci and idoni. It is a chocolate brownie with a scoop of ice-cream on top served with a generous pouring of melted chocolate on the ice-cream. It is served on hot sizzler plates to be eaten directly in its sizzling hot form – defines pure divinity!
Labonel: Think of desserts in the city and this is one of the first names that comes to your mind. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt” – is the perfect line to describe a Labonel lover.
Known for: chocolate brownies, cupcakes and cakes.
Price for two: Rs 1000
Guilt Trip: For all those who think cupcakes are desserts for people who hate to share. Whether you are looking for a tarty flavor or a citrus-y kick, a shot of chocolate or the red velvet trick, you’ll find your fix for cupcakes here.
Known for: Cupcakes, cheesecakes and waffles
Price for two: Rs. 800
You walk in and find yourself in a world of freshly baked breads, waffles and savouries. It’s the delicate smell of the place that will immediately win you over. Drop in for a mouth-watering breakfast or to indulge in some divine waffles.
Known for: waffles and pancakes
Price for two: Rs. 700