Off late there are many home bakers popping up in the city. A few still operate it from home and a few have opened up small stores to display their art work. Velvet patisserie is one such place started by a passionate home baker. This is tucked in the by lanes in banjara hills.
This still is not a full fledged bakery to get cakes on the spot. You will have to place prior orders for cakes and special instructed , fondant work goodies. Although you can still find a few goodies on display without prior notice. They have choux pastry, cupcakes, french entremets and lot more on offer.
This is one of the best dessert places in terms of ambience. Probably the best. The interiors are so neatly done and maintaining them itself is a big task. But they seem to be mastering that as well. From the doors to mini artifacts, the fancy book stands to the pastry display everything is just amazing.
Every corner has a story to speak, beautifully laid tables and chairs and the art work on the side. You will just love the place as soon as you enter and spend some time.
Its just a dessert place with some coffee as well. So its all about the desserts.
We had the chocolate macaron and pistachio macaron first. The macaron was really good. I would have liked it to be slightly crisp on the outside. The centre was chewy with the rich ganache and pistachio cream sandwiched in between.
The tres leches was good as well . The vanilla sponge soaked in the mix of condensed milk , milk and cream. It was topped with some fresh mangoes.
The cupcakes were really moist with a smooth frosting on top. I just had the red velvet and the banana one and both were amazing. Also a few were custom made for an order.
We had their orange financier. I am not a big fan of orange and chocolate because its overpowering in most of the cases. This was not the same. This has changed my views on the combination. This was really well done. The rich chocolate mousse and the mild orange flavour had a big impact on me.
The classic opera on the other had had way too much chocolate ganache for my liking. The coffee flavour from the almond sponge was suppressed due to the thick ganache layer. Also the sponge had a few sugar crystals in it. A few changes and this is a winner all by itself.
The best of the day was the french connection. It had all the textures and components for a perfect dessert. The smooth creameaux , the crunch from the rice crisp disc and feuilletine crisps. The filling on the inside went really well with soft base.
The raspberry and caramel cheesecake also was was the best ( like both were equally good). The cheesecake was very smooth and moist. Like most of them have it dry. The toppings just add on to the base.
The frangipani tart needs more efforts or a change I would say. The almond base filled in didn’t really add on. It was pretty flat and dry. A few fresh fruits on top would add some moisture.
The choux as well was really good. Filled with a mild caramel and biscuit mousse.
The desserts are no wonder a big hit. I just feel If they can add a few savory products as well to their offerings it would be a great hang out place and not just a dessert place. That is a personal opinion though.
Pricing and location:
The prices are very reasonable. For the quality what they serve and the taste as well its a must visit. Where do we get such macrons at 60 and desserts at 100 now a days.
8-1-401/1, Lane beside Hyatt Place, Road no. 5, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
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