Would it be incense-sitive to say that we prefer the new tenants at what used to be Yoga House? You might think so, but only until you get a whiff of the new Provenance that has opened up in the space, filled with the smell of buttery croissants instead of cloying agarbattis – they’re flown in from France but baked in house.
The result is petite, flaky rolls filled with gratifyingly dark chocolate, perfect to munch on with a bracing cold brew or while browsing the bakery / coffee shop / gift shop. Warning: If you’re anything like us, you’re going home with a big dent in your wallet.
Bandra is Provenance’s second home, and a vast improvement over the original, rather soulless, Palladium space. Filled with sunlight and lined in black and white photos by bpb favourite Rid Burman, this spot has concrete floors, plenty of seating, a restored antique piano that guests are encouraged to play and even a chocolate vault.
Said vault contains treasures from all over the world, including a wide range of products by Royce from Japan, of which Provenance is a sister brand. We also picked a gin and tonic chocolate bar by Coco in Scotland (apparently a bestseller); Belgian dark chocolate by Dolphin; and our weight’s worth of Maxim’s candy, including boxes of colourful nougat, chocolate-dipped hazelnuts and milk chocolate lace crepes that we couldn’t stop eating until all eighteen pieces were gone.
Couple this with a tall slice of dark chocolate and raspberry cake from the bakery counter (and a rather watery hot chocolate that we’d rather not dwell on), and you’re looking at a colossal sugar high that we’ll be paying for all week. But dear reader, it was worth it.
Provenance also offers more responsible gifting options, including a nice collection of teas, cool coffee-making equipment in unusual colours, and crockery from Clayman, amongst others. Stationary lovers, check out yummy gift paper, New Yorker post cards and international publications like Kinfolk, Business of Fashion and a luscious little book on Ladurée macaroons.
Despite all the sugar we had consumed, we couldn’t help taking it home with us.
Getting there: 53 Chimbai Road, Bandra (W), call 9136002899, Rs 795 for a box of Maxime Les Crepes Dentelle.
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