-By Rashmi Uday Singh
In six short years, the Messman family has left a sweet mark in the minds of Colaba residents. Their decadent brownies (Millionaire is luscious with caramel and chocolate), sinful chocolates (made with Belgian Callebaut Chocolate), fudge, various cakes and bakes, and home-style confectionery goods all are worth checking out. Try the dense Chocolate Loaf Cake and your taste buds will thank you. Breakfast and European snacky fare available too. Bandra's cheery glass-walled, wooden floored bi-level cafe is a contrast from the tiny but charming, basic-but-always-bustling Colaba branch that has four tables. Affordably priced and tasty fare includes Parsi Akuri, Eggs Benedict, dips (Fruit Cream Cheese Spread, Red Pesto Dip and Pate). Bandra's slick, new avatar comes with an expanded menu - a winding list of desserts, puddings, macaroons, tea cakes, meringues, mousses and even twenty new sandwiches. The trade off? Service can be a bit slow. Chocoholics zoom in on the Chocolate Overload Brownie, Opium (Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream, light and intense in turn) and the Frangelico Chocolate Hazelnut Cake. Go for the New York-style Baked Cheesecake with biscuity crust and Goloka Farm Cream Cheese. Nibble on their signature Chip Butty, crisp salted chips and the Antipasto Platter (Crostini, Hummus, Lavash and more). Home-brewed Nilgiri Coffee (various other options as well), tea and Hot Chocolate choices too. The good ingredients, quality, consistency and value (desserts range from Rs40-75) will have you nodding that this is indeed Theobroma - "the food of the Gods".
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