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Restaurant review: The Donut Bakery


Restaurant review: The Donut Bakery
Salmoli Mukerji, TNN Mar 30, 2013, I'll admit it. Anything sweet is a weakness in this city. However health conscious it pretends to be, there is a gush of new and newer dessert-joints and bakery at every nook and corner.

This time we are talking American doughnuts. Deep fried, powdered, glazed and dipped in chocolate! We head to the franchise of the American Donut Baker at a corner of our very own food zone, Park Street, for a colourful break.

It is heartwarming to see much buzz around the bright yellow and tangerine outlet. The entire space, split into mezzanine and ground floor, throws in a sporty mood with a cosy space that combines homegrown warmth with industrial chic-—moulded seating, dartboard, ludo, wall graffiti and more. I am told that it is such non-descript, chaotic pattern in design that attracts the young crowd. So much for sublime taste. I am most excited about the trays of colour infused donut rings in the refrigerated display..

Food
The menu is minimal, simple and has definitely been designed for sharing an assortment. Divided into hot and cold beverages and sandwiches, apart from the variety of innovations in doughnuts, the menu definitely encourages snacking. Combo deals on doughnuts and the "Do Wiches" seem to be the order of the day. Our luck pronounced 'buy one, get one free' on the donuts! Our pick of the early evening is a Litchi Krush ( 45), a classic Espresso ( 30) along with Cheese and Tomato Sandwich ( 55), Egg and Chicken Croissant Sandwich ( 75) and a Chicken Kolhapuri Sandwich ( 75). And a whole line up of 100% eggless, fresh golden rings or filled in doughnuts with different flavours of their own. From Honey Dipped Twist ( 35), Chocolate Bavarian ( 40), Chocolate Swirl ( 35), Nutty Mango ( 35) to Simply Cinnamon ( 35), Classic Choco ( 40) and Chocolate Fudge ( 35).

Plus & minus
The chilled Litchi Krush makes for a smooth beginning. The warm, freshly made Egg and Chicken Sandwiched in a home-made croissant with an extra slap of cheese is a winner. The brown bread cream cheese and tomato sandwich is simple and wholesome. The Chicken Kolhapuri triangles stuffed in milk bread, are not overly spicy but enough to give an Indian kick. Frankly, I am not a big one to flip for doughnuts, not here, not even in their native land. But the assortment we order, comes in fancy, soft, fluffy browns, glazed with sugary smithereens, lashings of chocolate covering the creamy inside, divinity of honey glazed twisty shapes, fruity jelly puddle in the centre with zigzagging cream net... elegant in appearance and some deliriously good, more than I had originally envisaged.

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