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Sweet temptation

At Marmalade Bistro on Khader Nawaz Khan Road, one can pick and choose some scrumptious sweets and savouries.


MARMALADE BAKERY & Bistro, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai-6 is the address on the bill. There is also an interesting "Make a difference" among the details. It is like one of those enigmatic, open-to-interpretation lines used to great advantage since the time of the Oracle of Delphi. Marmalade (phone: 52139712) is an exclusive, stand-alone bakery in a very fashionable neighbourhood. Housed in an old building with a driveway and a front garden, it has undeniable charm. Done up in simple tones and non-fussy tables and chairs, simplicity is the buzzword inside.

It took one two visits with a gap of one month in between to check out the range of tempting offerings. During the first visit, one drooled over the glistening Danishes and chocolate glazed pastries.

As for the savouries, a bite into veg pizza bun (Rs.18) and chicken hot dog bun (Rs.30) proved that one's instincts were right. With the barely-there toppings, they are sad.

The mini quiches, leek and onion pie (Rs.20) and its non-veg twin with chicken (Rs.30) are better buys. The chicken sausage puff (Rs.25) too is quite tasty. Now, for the best part — the sweet treats. If you go into raptures while biting into a creamy, soft, layered concoctions, Marmalade is the place to be. But there is a proviso — a full purse. You can find ecstasy in slices of tiramisu (Rs.50), sacher torte (Rs.35) or citron cheesecake (Rs.40). The Italian tiramisu is undoubtedly the pick of the lot. The syrup soaked layers of the torte and its nutty icing are a strong temptation. The cheesecake resembles a mousse cake closely, yet the lemony tang is a winner.

The second visit was all about the snacks that were introduced later.

Mediterranean sandwich (Rs.60) had an interesting combination of tahini (sesame spread), broken falafel, onion, capsicum and tomato. The figures on the right side of the menu are more impressive than the items themselves.

Chicken frank hotdog is Rs.70, while a tuna sandwich costs Rs.75. You have to pay dearly even for the salads. A veg salad with cabbage-capsicum-tomato mix with limejuice and cumin dressing is Rs.60. Yet the quality never goes past the indifferent and average mark.

Looking at the price range one wonders how the word `bistro' crept into the name. Bistro normally refers to a small and inexpensive restaurant and Marmalade is anything but that.

MARIEN MATHEW

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