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Friday, December 30, 2011

Newly opened Miss U Donuts in Bandra offers a range of donuts with fruity twists and extremely friendly service. Rhea Dhanbhoora tells you whether it’s worth a visit

I’m a big fan of donuts, so when I heard that there was a new donut outlet in the city, I was understandably excited. Miss U Donuts and Coffee is a Malaysian chain of donuts that promises delicious donuts with a fruity twist.

The newly opened outlet in Bandra is small, so don’t go there in a large group and expect to find seating space. But, we’re used to small donut shops in the city, so that didn’t deter us from stepping inside to have a look. White walls plastered with doodles and bright yellow chairs greet you as the welcoming staff make you feel right at home.

I’m not sure why the tagline says ‘The Ultimate Love Zone’ and I wasn’t fond of the pink holders encasing the light bulbs above my head, but the pastry case full of attractively iced donuts held my attention long enough for me to forget about the slightly questionable decor.

I was quite excited to try a donut and coffee combination and was disappointed to hear that the coffees have not started yet. The coffee at donut shops can be watery and not up to the mark, but I’m going to have to wait and see if Miss U Donuts throws up some surprises there.

Amongst the donuts, there are several varieties to choose from — chocolate filled varieties, lemon iced ones, fruit topped, fruit filled and lots more. I opted for my favourite flavours — peach, chocolate and lemon.

The chocolate filled donut, called Dono Avalanche (`45) was good. I liked the dark chocolate filling and the milk chocolate topping was not too sweet and as gooey as I liked it. The lemon donut, called Sensual Spell (`60) really disappointed me. I like my lemon donut topping to taste of lemon icing and although this was not exceptionally bad, it tasted a little too synthetic for my liking. Also, I’m not sure why it cost so much more than the rest. The La’peach (`45), a peach flavoured donut, disappointed me a bit as well, but only because the peach topping was the only hint of peach in an otherwise run-off-the-mill chocolate donut.
The donuts themselves were a bit disappointing. The dough was not light and fluffy and stuck to my palate, which means I couldn’t wolf down all three and started feeling heavy and a bit too full after the first few bites from each one. Without the toppings, there’s not much flavour to the donut itself.

Miss U Donuts has exceptional service and a cheerful, bright atmosphere but it’s quite forgettable and there isn’t much about it to miss. If you’re in the area, pay it a visit and stick to flavours you enjoy. While I’ll be heading back to try out the coffee, I’ll stick to my favourite donut shops for my sweet cravings.

Where Shop no 5, Ground Floor, Shiv Darshan Building, 33rd Road, Opposite Marc Cain, Bandra (W)
Contact 9323878557
Prices start at `40

The Dono Avalanche (left) was gooey and delicious while La’peach (middle) lacked an essential peachy flavour and Sensual Spell (right) had a disappointingly artificial taste to the icing

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