Review: L’Opera, Patisserie – Boulangerie
Select City Walk Mall, Saket, New Delhi
As the name itself suggests this bakery is one of Delhi’s best take on a French Patisserie. Starting with their flagship store in Khan Market today they have about seven outlets in Delhi and Gurgaon already and their recent addition to the list is a ritzy outlet in Delhi shopping haven The Select City Walk, that can’t go unnoticed.
The day before as I went out for some shopping therapy with a friend we decided to sit for some good coffee and snacks before parting our ways. Right near the exit is this little bakery with a pompous display of bright colorful macrons, this along with some lingering memories of an earlier visit to their Khan Market outlet pulled me to the other side of the une fenetre’ (a window) . After all what could be better than a French boulangerie (it’s a French term for a bakery) to grab some coffee with fresh baguettes or tarts.
The aroma and ambiance are quite inviting, the sitting arrangement though is little cramped with two small ledge-chaired high tables and one linear arrangement at a corner. We were lucky as there were only some take away customers as we walked in so we ordered coffee, a cappuccino and a latte, occupied one of the high tables and then went scanning through the pompous display of sweet temptations to order a small bite.
We placed our first orders in a Chicken Quiche and a Thin Onion tart to go with the coffee. The illy cappuccino that was served was average and so was my friend’s latte, nothing remarkable about the coffee. The quiche was definitely a winner with a moist and smooth filling and yet a perfect crispy crumbly crust. The onion tart was good too, though I guess re-heating made the pastry crust loose a lot of its crunch, but that’s perhaps an unavoidable shortfall for their stocks are all transported form a kitchen located far away from the store. The coffee and tart/quiche left me quite full but leaving a bakery without trying a dessert would be simply sacrilegious so I decided to take away an apple Rosemary Tart and a Chocolate Trio. I loved the rosemary flavour in the tart that quite stood out for me. The chocolate trio was a heaven for all chocolate lovers without a doubt, though I’d have loved a darker intensity in atleast one of the trio layers. That’s all we had, 2 coffees, a quiche, a savory & a sweet tart and the chocolate trio, and paid Rs.750, definitely quite expensive.
To add from an earlier experience at the cafe, i had their macrons which I found a tad too sweet for my palette but trust that’s a welcome adaptation to suit the common Indian preference perhaps. Their pastries were definitely delicious and good enough to keep one craving for more. The breads and baguettes are definitely one of the freshest and tastiest you can find in a city that’s not in France.
All in all, besides the steep price, nothing is negative about the little café. The service was good enough with a smiling attendant who willingly helped me choose my order. It’s by far the best place to buy breads and pastries or even a light bite after a tiring walk across the mall or to sit and make light conversation over a decent cup of coffee with the fresh aroma of bread keeping you enchanted.