Don’t be surprised if you see a group of students huddled together in front of a cold vitrine at Gat’Oh, pointing at a Paris Brest while rolling their ‘r’s rather enthusiastically.
Down the street from Alliance Francaise de Bombay is new French patisserie Gat’Oh, where you can stop by to pick up tarts and pastries, Madeleines and tea cakes.
Holding the lead whisk here is Shanaya Dastur, a trained Le Cordon Bleu (London) and Ferrandi Paris chef, who ensures that the pastries are ready for their Instagram close-ups at all times. Gat’Oh currently has room only for pick ups though, so don’t spend too much time composing your photos.
At Gat’Oh, vegetarians can pick from one of three eggless treats – a pecan tart, a single-origin chocolate tart and a baked cheesecake. We sample a lovely, nutty pecan, whose tart shell holds together without crumbling at first bite.
Next, seek out the wonderfully layered Opera Cake, which is cold, nutty and spiked with enough coffee to provide Alliance students with both, sustenance and endurance. The salted caramel éclair is our favourite - no cloying sweetness here – and the breezy French cheesecake filled with strawberry compote will muddle together memories of France and Mahabaleshwar in your head. We love that even after devouring a single portion of each, we feel light and unencumbered.
For your next trip, note that there is also a Paris Brest, Lemon Tart, Chocolate Symphonie, Banana Cake on offer, and Dastur promises to add seasonal specials and grow the menu organically. And if you visit during tea time, ask for the canelés, made with Old Monk, their charred, caramelized crusts hide soft, custard fillings.
C'est si bon (bon)!
Getting there: Dalamal Chambers, shop G-2, Vitthaldas Thackersey Marg, Marine Lines, open noon-8pm, Dessert for two costs approx Rs 1,000.
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Aatish Nath is a freelance food and travel writer based in Mumbai. He can be found on Instagram at @aatishn
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