The Movenpick Hotel and Spa in Bangalore (Mathikere) has a new offering, which is totally unique to India - The Swiss Bakery + Cafe. The Swiss are famous for their breads such as Zoft and Burebrot (farmer's bread) and their pastries are of course, legendary. The bakery and cafe represents this to a large extent, combined with some very Indian touches like Kathi roll and the very Bangalorean tea accompaniment, the puff.
The ambience is cozy and casual and the fact that it opens to the portico means people can walk in to buy a bread or step in for a quick coffee and cake, without going through the main hotel entrance via security and lobby. Large French windows replete with awning and comfortable furniture, huge vintage glass jars on display with cookies, meringues and chocolate bars give it a classic European cafe look.
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There's a glass section displaying the savoury eats like rolls, quiches, bagel sandwiches etc. and the other side displaying all manner of beautiful pastries, Danishes and other sweets. There's a decent selection of coffees (INR125+), teas (INR95+) and also the quintessentially South Indian Bournvita and Horlicks. The prices are quite down to earth and not at all 'five-starry' and the manager tells us that you'll find their prices of coffees and eats at par with any Indian coffee chain.
If you live around North Bangalore, it's the perfect place to pick up a freshly baked loaf of bread on your way home, or drop by with friends for a coffee or relax by yourself with a book.
Some of the must-try items:
- Fresh breads - Six cereal bread, Multigrain bread, Pumpernickel bread
- Veg Kathi Roll - Perfectly flavoured and seasoned filling inside a soft roti served with chutney
- Cinnamon Apple Danish - Subtly sweet, beautifully glazed and melt in mouth
- Banana Walnut Bread - rich with aromas of toasted walnuts and not too sweet
- Carrot Cake - While I don't care must for the icing, the cake itself is moist and filled choc-a-bloc with seasonal carrots
- Sugarfree Panna Cotta - For those who don't eat sugar and eggs, this is a good choice with seasonal fruit
You can ask the chef or the manager for special bread and pastry of the day. And yes, they do take birthday and other special occasion cake orders.
A five-star ambience, good choice of eats and attentive service at a reasonable price are the positives of the Swiss Bakery and Cafe and if you live in the vicinity, it's worth giving it a try when your next coffee & cake craving hits.
Swiss Bakery + Café
Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore
115 Gokula Extension, HMT Road (near BEL Circle) | 560054 Bangalore | India
+91 80 4300 1000
Open all 7 days
Time: 11 am – 7 pm (will be extended to later hours soon)
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