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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

From melt-in-the-mouth cupcakes and pastries, to perfectly crafted bread and tea cakes, Pearl Mathias tells you what you need to know about The Sassy Teaspoon

Those of you who know one of the head chefs at Sassy Spoon, Rachel Goenka, are already aware of her penchant for baking. Her love for spinning the spatula gave rise to The Sassy Teaspoon — the most recent addition to The Sassy Spoon family — and it’s safe to say that we’re already big fans! Set on a prominent Juhu road, this bakery opened its doors to every sweet-tooth out there in May this year.

When you walk in, you quickly catch on to its youthful, yet old-world vibe. The space is small, but the interiors are extremely pretty — with a calm pink and fresh mint green that’s reminiscent of the restaurant in Bandra. We were told that this is mostly a take-away joint, but even so, the crowds that come in make it tedious to choose your indulgence peacefully. The patisserie serves a variety of cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pound cakes and croissants. They also serve coffee and beverages in fancy china cups and some delicious ice-cream.

We tried the Cookie and Cream Ice-Cream (Rs 100), and just couldn’t put it down. It was my go-to flavour at Gelato, which they stopped producing eventually; and it thrilled me to know that I now have someplace to grab a scoop. We continued with the 7 Textured Chocolate (Rs 200), which was absolutely heavenly. Although I could differentiate between only four textures on the cake, the varied flavours fit the name anyway. The light and creamy Blueberry Cheesecake (Rs 200) was equally delightful. The Belgian Black Forest (Rs 150) was a little too heavy on the chocolate, but for ardent cocoa fans, this is pure bliss. I personally recommend the Mango Tiramisu (Rs 200), which is so creamy that it almost melts in the mouth, and the dash of juicy mango complemented the flavour brilliantly. We were told that their Butterscotch Cupcakes (Rs 80 each) were best-sellers, and very rightly so, since there weren’t any on the shelf when we got there. Another best-seller is their loaf cake, picked up by mothers who want to add a healthy, but sweet snack to their children’s tiffin boxes. The flavours include Banana Bread (Rs 300) and Coconut Tea Cake (Rs 300), which are must-picks.

They also have small bottles of Apple & Cinnamon as well as Strawberry Jam (both at Rs 150), and I almost picked one up to take home. As a bakery, it’s no surprise that they also have a variety of breads on offer. The Potato & Coriander and the Sour Dough are among the hot picks for me. No patisserie is complete without a few snacks to balance out the sweetness, and The Sassy Teaspoon serves a Corn Paneer Roll (Rs 100) for vegetarians and a Kheema Pav with Yellow Cheddar (Rs 140) for meat lovers, among other things. Fans of Sassy Spoon will love this new extension, and we’re waiting for an outlet in town as well. Juhu could be out of the way for some, even if the desserts on offer are tempting enough to trudge over for. However, if you’re in the area, passing through or close by, you will not miss this cute little bakery-café. And, if you do, walk back and give it a try — you won’t be let down!

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