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Updated about 8hrs ago

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The red brick walls of Old Court House Street rake up nostalgia and history. The colossus, Great Eastern Hotel, has finally reopened its doors after years of contemplation, speculation and renovation. My first visit to the property, was a walk through of the emergence of the new - restoring bits of old and merging it with the contemporary demands of a five star property. However, my take home memories were the old iron girders, hanging birdcages, replica of a Queen Victoria trophy, the narrow cast iron spiral staircase leading to the huge splash of a ground floor bakery. Simply titled, The Bakery, it justifies a return visit.

Decor:

Th street entrance gives a different perspective to the space. The cavernous setting makes for quite a sight, stretching far, as the eye can see. The semi-industrial look with brick walls, exposed ceiling copper pipes, iron pillars, casual seating, stone-top tables, chalkboard announcements are anchored by the modern refrigerated show window and a see through kitchen. The renovation added the final touches of wooden flooring and a huge glass façade overlooking the sleepy lane in the evening. However, the highlight of the bakery comes with the remnants of the walk in industrial oven, intact with monograms, now posed as a PDR. Framed sepia wall posters tell tale-tell stories of the property since 1840s.

Food:

The all day menu promises early morning breakfast of Eggs Benedict with smoked Salmon or Honey Roast Ham (Rs.375) and Baker’s Basket (Rs.150), an afternoon of salads and sandwiches and to close with Choco Hazelnut Crepe with Ice Cream (Rs.325) at dinner. We order the bakery items off the shelf: Dim Puff (Rs.35), Chicken Madras Curry Puff (Rs.50), Mutton Curry Puff (Rs.70), Butter Croissant (Rs.50), Strawberry Danish (Rs.50) before we add the Arugula Citrus Salad (Rs.325) Quiche Lorraine (Rs.175), Pesto Chicken Confit (Rs.325), Croque Monsieur (Rs.475) and a Chocolate Waffles with Vanilla ice cream (Rs.325).

Plus&Minus:

The puffs, flaky on the outside: boiled egg, south Indian style diced chicken with curry leaves and minced mutton fillings; lack imagination and need more attention. rnThe butter Croissant requires substance and freshness before it hits the table, but the Danish on its own gives a rich, fluffy feel sans the gimmick of a strawberry wedge.rnThe freshness of the Arugula leaves doused in Balsamic dressing perked up with oranges, cherry tomatoes, a sprinkling of goat cheese comes as a fresh breather.rnThe Croque Monsieur sandwich turns out to be a frill-less ham sandwich. The chicken confit on toast is a culinary mash-up, but the Quiche Lorraine lifts up the mood with its browned surface adding bacon to each bite. The waffles do not taste as good as it looks and demand skilled handling.

Updated about 8hrs ago

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This New Year we make no new resolutions. Just stick to last year’s ones. We will hunt out every food space worth its ingredients – however small, big or inconspicuous it may be. Our latest discovery takes us to the Park Street college district, hidden behind the hip and happening crowd making space for some Bangkok street style food. Chilli Wok, is the latest addition to the block, a group that includes an age old dosa canteen, a roll and noodles shack, a brand new café, patisserie and an authentic Japanese speck.

Décor

Imaginative, this one actually is the sister concern of the Japanese joint just round the corner. Tiny, but not cramped it sits pretty with Thai paraphernalia. Red faux leather box seats, silk drapes and paintings on the wall and much exposed colourful, Thai weekend market Chatuchak table ware. The kitchen cuts into the restaurant space, with an etched glass enclosure, with whiffs of aromatic pleasure at some instances, but others filled with overpowering spicy aromatic bouts.

Food

The gold framed menu is enough to whet our appetite, split into soups, salads, starters, mains, curries and staples. An impressive array, without overdoing things, to give the right essence of Bangkok street life begins with Mix Berry Iced Tea (Rs.75), Blue Flower Juice (Rs.120) et al. We go to the serious stuff: Spicy Chicken Sausages (Rs.350), Chicken Rice Paper Wraps (Rs.300), Tofu Satay (Rs.300), Prawn Glass Noodle Salad (Rs.350), Bangkok Style Fish (Rs.350), Morning Glory Stir Fry (Rs.300), Tuna and Egg Fired Rice (Rs.300) and Veg Singaporean Laksa (Rs.350), except that the Paper wraps are not available yet.

Plus & Minus

The spicy sausages is a fun dish to start with, specially because of the cilli lemon grass sauce on the side. The Tofu Satay is soft, smooth and smeared with red paste, but the smokiness does not come through taste-wise, but makes up with the sweet basil and sweet chilli sauces. The freshness of the glass noodle salad is intoxicating, when it first hits our palate and then we pick our way through the bounty of veggies and bursts of firm prawns in it. The Singaporean Laksa comes in a platter for self making pleasure of flat noodles and a thick and sweet peanut sauce with broccoli, carrots and enough veggies; bean sprouts, chilli flakes and crushed peanuts on the side for garnish. The tender greens, morning glory stir fry is an excellent choice, an example of simplicity blended with flavors, however will prefer it a wicked bit garlicky, the next time around. It makes a winning combo with the subtle tuna and egg fried rice as staple. We end with scoops of real rose petals murmuring in our mouths from the Rose Ice Cream (Rs.100).

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