The magic is probably in the lavender door. Or is it lilac? But seriously, there is something about that door because to make a trip to Café of Joy in Whitefield is a Herculean task for anyone who doesn’t live inside 30 minutes. But within seconds of walking through that door, you’ll be ready to forgive every erring driver you cursed on the way and every delayed traffic signal.
Or is it the aroma of freshly baked bread? Maybe it’s combined magic.
I am not addicted to bread, unlike some of my friends. For a long time I didn’t know what a Roggenmisch Brot was. Honestly, I still don’t. But Joy Basu of Café of Joy does — that and plenty of other delicious creations. So, quite evidently, for bread lovers, the café could be paradise of a perfect kind.
What I did at this little café with white chairs, though, is try the dishes you can eat with bread. And no, there is no pav bhaji.
There was the beef goulash that I am not going to forget easily. On a slightly cold morning it will warm your soul. Not over-seasoned one bit, this stew had meat that was tender and a broth that didn’t taste like curry. Yes, I’ve eaten that as well! And then there was the fish pie, possibly a bit strong for those who say they ‘like’ fish but can’t stand the smell of it, but it’s a good meal by itself.
And of course, the French Toast I have been raving about lately. Joy makes it with a big brioche bun and not the usual challah. Served with a bit of fruit compote on the side, the beauty of this creation lies in its imperfections. It doesn’t look like the perfect dish but surely tastes like one. The egg doesn’t dominate the overall flavour, the bread is moist and the dusted sugar on top adds just the right amount of sweetness.
For those who like pork, the Chill Pork Stuffed Croissant is a good bet. The café makes slightly larger croissants for this sandwich, with generous portions of chilli pork stuffed into it. It’s spiced correctly (not too hot or bland) and is served with a fried egg on top or on the side, as per your choice. And there’s a selection of desserts as well — the fruit trifle being an instant favourite. It comes in a large glass, isn’t excessively sweet and you don’t want to share it. They change the hot menu every few days, which is actually pretty cool because there’s always the possibility of a nice surprise.
And yes, the ham and cheese sandwich is a must-try because you can’t really refuse melted cheese now, can you?
There’s German Schrippen (white individual hard crust rolls), a bunch of breakfast cakes, scones, Zimt Schnecken (Cinnamon Swirls), Baguette, Bavarian Farmer’s Loaf, Ciabatta, Focaccia, Polenta walnut loaf, Roggenmisch Brot (German rye flour mixed bread), Sourdough... Okay, we could go on really!
Where: 8, Siddhapura Main Road, Whitefield
Recommended: French toast; hot chocolate; Sacher Torte; Bavarian potato salad; Bratwurst with skillet potatoes; Ham and cheese swirls; Cheesecakes; Quiche with bacon and sundried tomatoes; Wilted spinach with warm bacon vinaigrette salad
How much: Rs 9,00 (for two)
Hours: 10am to 8pm (Monday-Saturday). The café is closed on Sundays.
Credit cards: Accepted
Parking: Parking on the street