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Eat as you dream

Maison Des Gourmet with its exotic foods, is committed to make a chef of everyone



UNUSUAL There are plenty of cookies, biscuits, chocolates as well as tarts and brownies to bite into

Maison Des Gourmet is a cosy place on Lavelle Road. Look around and you will see that the place is divided into two sections.

One side is an organised supermarket with gourmet products from Europe and Australia and the other looks like a mini bakery that offers ready-to-eat stuff.

The place does not present a menu and what it offers is not much.

Take your time, see what appeals to your eye and sample a small portion before you actually decide on your pick. The other option is to take tips from the trained staff. We went with the latter.

“The place works more like a take away joint and a store, but there are some people who like to spend some timeand eat here so we have made provision for that,” says Simone Purohi, the store manager, pointing to the eat out corner.

While you bite into your chicken salad or the cold meat dipped in the virgin olive oil, it is nice to dreamily drift away to some faraway place with soft music in your ears and the bright afternoon sun shining warmly on your face. It also seems to be the best place to laze around and sip coffee and treat yourself to crunchy cookies while reading a book.

Food is bland but the strong flavours of the mustard sauce or the vinegar tickle your taste buds. If you are not a meat eater but love cheese, then Maison Des Gourmet is a cheese paradise. From cheddar and parmesan to gruyere or gorgonzola, it is a huge treat. “The place is created to make any committed cook become a chef. People can come here and decide on the combination that they want to have,” adds Simone.

A cappuccino, two portions of salad and two portions of dessert comes up to Rs. 600 and above.

Plain sandwiches with your choice of bread, cheese and dressing is priced between Rs. 150 and Rs. 600. “This depends on the customised demand. Some people have smaller chunks of meat or cheese and some large and so on,” adds Simone.

In case, you are inspired by what you ate, you would want to buy stuff off the shelf and try your cooking skills at home, then the store offers a wide range.

Spaghetti with squid ink (Rs. 414 for 500 gm.) or the spinach soaked spaghetti, pure sea salt (Rs. 233 for 10 gm.) are some of the specialties.

If all these are not tempting enough, then there are plenty of cookies, biscuits, chocolates from around the world along with tarts and brownies to bite into.

It’s an unusual place, slightly on the expensive side, but worth a visit.

Maison Des Gourmet can be contacted on 22131681.

SHILPA SEBASTIAN R.

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