FOOD2 - Half doughnut + half croissant = cronut!

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By SIBENDU DAS Shubhi Tandon, Pictures: B. Halder Sneha Dutta, Picture: Pabitra Das  
  • Published 29.06.13

You have had doughnut and you have had croissant. Now, how about a cronut?

The latest kid to hit the city’s snacks block and already a wild craze in New York, this delectable entry in the pastry circuit traces its origin to chef Ansel of the Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, New York.

Such was the craze over this croissant-doughnut hybrid when it was launched that people queued up in front of the bakery at 5am and the chef imposed a ceiling of not-more-than-two per person! Grapevine has it that chef Ansel is planning to patent his creation.

Chef Vikas of Flurys is all set to give Calcuttans the taste of the cronut, albeit in his signature style. So what do we get? A yummy soft yet crunchy cross between a doughnut, croissant and muffin!

It’s layered, it’s fried, it’s rich and is smothered in fondant, coated with breakfast sugar and filled with custard, chocolate or fruit curd.

“It is one of the most difficult pastries to create since it is a rich, leavened, laminated dough that is fried. The recipes have to be exact, the proving temperature has to be perfect and the frying oil can’t be too hot or too cold or else you have an inedible mass of leaky fried dough,” explained Vikas.

The cronuts will be available for sale at Flurys soon, and yes, you can have more than two!

the tea trove’s second serve

It may not quite be the Mad Hatter’s tea party, but a chai adda at the second outlet of The Tea Trove promises to be fun.

Step into the 44-seater cafe on the first floor of Nirman Terrace, 23 Lake Terrace (off Sarat Bose Road), and the funky B&W colour code strikes just the right note. From graffiti-style wall art to sofa upholstery — it’s all very F for funky!

Here, any time is teatime between 9am and 11pm. Their signature “teaspressos” are on the menu but there are two notable additions at this new outlet — Hunny Bunny (there’s no pumpkin *giggle* but you’ll find caramelised banana, steamed milk and milk foam) and Devil’s Advocate (caramelised banana, caramel sauce, cream and crushed ice).

The outlet also has an expanded food menu — which includes non-veg titbits. “While our first outlet (near Nepal Sweets) caters to customers from areas like AJC Bose Road, Camac Street and Elgin Road, this outlet is mainly meant for the Southern Avenue-Ballygunge crowd. The crowd this side looks for non-veg food, so we have included both egg and chicken (sandwiches) on the menu,” said owners Rishav and Shruti Kanoi.

And just like its first serve, the games are stacked up here too! The cafe continues its association with the NGO Anjali Mental Health Rights Organisation, so its signature colourful Anjali kettles still bring your bill in.

Mocha Moves from Cafe to Restaurant

Just before it turns three this July, Mocha at 209 AJC Bose Road, Karnani Estate (the lane parallel to The Conclave) has rebranded its personality — moving from cafe format to restaurant.

“We’re calling it Mocha, dropping the ‘coffees and conversations’ tagline. We wanted to move out of the cafe category into the dining section,” said owner Nikhil Chawla. With the change comes a modified menu complete with lunch and dinner. But fret not, the pop picks are still there, like the shakes (add two new options — Kinder Joy Shake and Bounty Chocolate Shake) and the Panini. “We moved on to make it a full circle of fast food, dining options as well as shakes and desserts,” said Nikhil.

Almost 40 dishes have been replaced on the menu and keeping in mind the city’s eclectic taste buds, a new ‘Dirty Chinese’ section has been introduced. With just four dishes, the compact menu includes Stir Fried Vegetables in Schezwan Sauce, Kung Pao Chicken, Chilli Garlic Noodles and Burnt Garlic Fried Rice.

The Entrees is also brand-new — spicing it up are Mexican eats like Nachos Grande and Crispy Chicken Enchiladas. And the Nasi Goreng, an Indonesian fried rice served with chicken satay, prawn crackers and fried egg. Mocha Barbeque packs in grilled grub — think tangy Grilled Lamb Chops and lemony Grilled Fish in Lemon Butter Sauce. For dessert, keeping the best-seller Chocolate Avalanche company is the all-new Banoffie Pie, a combo of banana and toffee pudding. Yummy!

“We have broadened the horizon to make Mocha more of a casual dining place. We have kept the prices competitive and since our portions are good, it doesn’t pinch the pocket too much,” added Shashank Arora, partner. Even the decor has been tweaked. The signature swings remain but some new chairs have been brought in, replacing the old colonial ones — the furniture is still up for sale. And hookah fans can continue to stay “hooked”. Open from 10.30am to midnight, a meal for two at Mocha would cost around Rs 600.

What: Four-course set lunch menu
Where: The Orient, City Centre New Town
When: 12.30pm to 3pm
On the menu: A different combination of soups, momos and main course each day of the week. From Hot and Sour to Tom Yum or Lemon Coriander, there is a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian soups to slurp on. The mains have Hakka-style Roasted Lamb, Chicken in Oyster Sauce, Steamed Fish Hong Kong Style — all of which can be complemented with Five Spice Hakka Noodles or Chilli Basil Fried Rice. The dessert counter features Classic Mango Pudding, Lemon Grass Creme Brulee and Baked Caramel Custard.
Pocket pinch: Rs 249-plus per person.