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Tuesday , October 30 , 2012
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Enter the magical world of MRS MAGPIE

It’s not a place that you see and enter. It’s a place that you see, stop, stare, and then enter. Mrs Magpie, the newest kid on the cake-cafe block, opened doors at 570 Lake Terrace Road (near Lake Girls’ School, off Vivekananda Park). The 21-seater cafe, open from noon to 9pm, is the brainchild of Le Cordon Bleu London almunus Sohini Basu Behrens. Amidst cake domes, the window display of Mrs Magpie is a birdhouse-meets-dollhouse (picture above). Currently the residents are penguins, beetles, angry birds, pigs, elephants and roses!

This table (picture above) is the highlight of the cafe. Take a closer look and you will find little cupcakes enclosed in the glass top. Er, for decoration only. The decor story, scripted by Sohini herself, is curious and quirky. There are stained glass windows (inspired by her granny’s Bangali house), there are antique pieces (one of her lights sourced from Great Eastern Hotel is dated 1920) and there is a dokra door chime. Birds and butterfly motifs fly on the walls. Japanese cherry blossom wallpaper (it comes from her love of all things Japan and Anime) meets vintage meets micro dots and stripes (a “Sabyasachi hangover”, having worked for the designer for almost a decade). “It’s playful, it’s for grown-up kids. It’s not sickeningly sweet — it’s got that slight cheeky wink,” says Sohini. We like.

Cupcakes are Sohini’s forte. Mini cupcakes are her focus (in picture). Priced at Rs 35, they come in six flavours — Marshmallow ’’ Chocolate, Candilicious, Double Strawberry, Sweet ’’ Salty Chocolate, Lemon Surprise and Peanut Butter ’’ Banana.

Celebration cakes can be ordered from the album three days in advance. You can also make a special one-off after a consultation; Sohini recommends a month’s notice! “Nothing thrilled me more than putting together a wedding cake for my brother in 2010. That is when I chose creative baking, where I can satisfy my love for both design and baking,” says Sohini, whose father Arnab Basu is a partner at Monginis.

In the savoury section is a sandwich platter and bites like Chicken Ratatouille Tart, Chicken and Cheddar Puff, and Broccoli Mushroom ’’ Pepper Tart.

Mrs Magpie serves coffee and tea and their afternoon Tea for Two (priced at Rs 400) is recommended. Served with four cupcakes, four scones and six sandwiches, it’s a date you and your bestie won’t forget in a rush.

Shradha Agarwal

Pictures by Rashbehari Das