Auroville’s popular Bread & Chocolate is now in Chennai. Yes, you read it right. By the time you read this blog post, the place has already become the “new hangout”, the “let’s also go there & share pictures” kinda place…Drive down Cenotaph road, and take the left just ahead of the flyover, and voila, you will see Bread & Chocolate on your right, just after the Lanson showroom. The place looks familiar? Well, it used to be Bharat Bistro..
On the ground floor is the display showcasing the various bottled items, and freshly baked goodies in-store, but to enjoy inhouse dining, you gotta make your way up those stairs and find yourself a table. The place has limited seating and gets full quite fast, so, cross your fingers when climbing those stairs. Luckily the day I met my friend, we found a table, and by the time I left, It had been 4+hours. Phew~
We spent a good half hour catching up before realizing we hadn’t ordered anything [ it was lunch time]. Asked for a menu, and proceeded to head over to the counter to place our order – Pain au chocolat, a Spanish Latte [which was delicious, coffee with caramel sauce], 2 sourdough sandwiches- Pumpkin patch [pumpkin+ Spinach filling served with kimchi like side], other was the Spicy mushroom [with mushroom, harissa, & cheddar cheese, served with salsa & tahini]. The sandwiches are huge, and we spent a good hour+ devouring them, dissecting the flavours, and sharing personal stories.
It was one of those days when I was having a mad workday, and kept getting calls. We ordered a 2nd Spanish latte, and I opted for an Americano to keep me going. Infact, I had planned to wind up at B&C and moving elsewhere to continue working, but the craziness got to a point where I stayed put [ telling friend to get on her with her day and leave me to the drama..lol] and proceeded to pull out my laptop and take calls right there. I snapped out of work mode only when a staff member came by to announce they were going to close and was time for the last order. I was full, and just about ready to call it a day.
Overall, I would say it is a good place if you love croissants, danish, and tarts. The portions sizes are huge, and the coffee [Subko brand] was quite good.. A friend had been there for breakfast and did mention they did not have much for children, which is something to keep in your mind if you have tiny ones.
We spent about Rs1500 bucks in total..
25/11, Cenotaph Road, 2nd Lane, Alwarpet,
Chennai [Directions given above]
Disclaimer: The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit