June 1, 2013 by thejalebichronicles
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Location: Shirly Rajan Road, opposite Rizvi College, Bandra
Cuisine: French Pastries
Price Range: Rs 200 per person, with beverages
Tucked away on a lane off Carter Road, Marie Antoinette surprises you with its delectable dishes and French interiors at reasonable prices. Walking into a patisserie with a Queen’s name on the door, you’re never quite sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the shelf of beautifully patterned books and had to resist the desire to grab one and begin reading it right away. My companion and I were seated at a lovely table with my personal favourite- wrought iron chairs. The waiter was friendly, polite and willingly answered all questions we had. We finally settled on macarons in coffee, mango, lemon and chocolate-banana flavours (The mango macaron was free since it was my friend’s first visit). I asked for a banana financier but due to its unavailability, I had to settle for the classic and strawberry. Our tea time snack was accompanied by a lime juice since we found the other beverages a tad too expensive.
The Macarons (Rs. 45 each)
Although I am relatively new to this macaron craze that seems to be sweeping our city, my friend seemed to be a connoisseur of these meringue based confections. They are smaller and smoother than the ones at Le 15 Patisserie, also located in Bandra. The coffee flavoured macaron lacked any taste of coffee whatsoever and was disappointing. The mango macaron was delicious and we could taste actual pieces of mango while the lemon macaron was excessively sweet and avoidable. Our saving grace was the chocolate-banana macaron which I instantly fell in love with; a perfect blend of banana and chocolates which did not taste very artificial and which ultimately won me over.
Traditionally, financiers are tiny and moist French cakes made with almond flour and brown butter. The classic(Rs.35) and strawberry(Rs. 50) financiers were delicious; We tasted the promised moistness with just the right amount of flavouring .However, I felt that the value for money was lost due to the limited quantity and size we were served.
Business Advice A La Francaise
We had the opportunity to speak to one half of the ownership of Marie Antoinette. Severine Bresson and her partner, Marc co-own the patisserie and are both French natives. Marc was in Agra when we visited but young and pretty Severine was only too happy to talk to us and gave us an idea of what the past 5 months have been like for the both of them. She insists that patience is the key to running a business in Bandra.
When asked why she named her patisserie after the infamous Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI of France, she replied that the French either hate or love her, and this polemic relationship fascinated her. Also, macarons were made during Antoinette’s lifetime and the Reine loved eating the delicious pastry.
All in all, Marie Antoinette is a pleasant place to have a snack and have a delicious tete-a-tete. Visit them for their friendly staff, their financiers and mango and banana-chocolate macarons. You won’t be disappointed!
– Abisha Fernandes