It isn’t just the stand-alone dessert bars that win our votes. We’ll happily stop by Toast & Tonic for the zesty lemon sugar with hemp cake and make a meal of the delicious salted caramel and butterscotch cake. A partiality towards Yauatcha’s Raspberry Delice cannot be faulted, and the same goes for the seasonal pannacottas at Fava.
But wait, that’s not the sweet end to our story. Or yours. May we take a moment to go back (again) to our good old favourites: the milk bars, the ice cream parlours and cake shops that defined our sweet tooth?
Lakeview Milk Bar
This iconic ice cream bar has been a permanent fixture on MG Road since 1942, not melting away during the road widening or the intrusion of the metro work. Over the years the tradition of the Sunday evening family outings to Lakeview has been passed on to the next generation, as has the city’s love for the sizzling brownie sundae. At the MG Road outlet, you’ll see uniformed servers armed with menus, directing cars to the parking lot and efficiently coming back with massive orders for the entire vehicle. Lakeview was also the first to start serving seasonal fruit and apricot with fresh cream, and while their ice creams are their most popular fixture, you’ll also love their no fuss butterscotch and pineapple sponge cake that forms the base of the specials.
Corner House, Multiple Locations
The first Corner House sat quietly, tucked away from the bustle of Residency Road. This is where Bangalore, as a city, submitted to the Death by Chocolate, with a fudgy base, crowded with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, cherries and nuts. Another favourite is the classic thick shakes, the kind that comes with a pipe for a straw. Now Corner House has spread its joy across sixteen outlets in nearly every part of the city, making sure the quality remains the same.
Sweet Chariot, Residency Road
Most birthday cakes in the early 2000s were baked with love at Sweet Chariot. The array of sweets ranged from eclairs to potent rum tarts and of course, the airy Black Forest with just a minimal amount of cream adorning it. And if you ever tire of that, which we doubt, there’s always seasonal treats like pineapple and mango to make summer more delightful.
This story was contributed by the team at brownpaperbag.in, a culture and lifestyle portal in Mumbai, Delhi & Bangalore.