There’s a reason why we share such an affinity for French desserts. Just look at the popularity of the pastel-hued macaron and you’ll know what we are talking about. But, beyond the repertoire of the classic crème brulee, tarts, crepes, and macarons, it’s now the eclair that’s been getting a fair bit of attention.
This delicate composition of a light-as-air choux pastry, piped with a filling of pastry cream and artfully decorated with toppings or a simple tempered glaze, has made the eclair one of the most versatile desserts, lending itself well to different flavour combinations. Not only do these creations make for a pretty sight, but are equally delectable on the palate.
And patisseries and dessert stores have taken note, revamping the traditional eclairs from our childhood into contemporary creations. We round-up six of the top places to sample this confection, so here you go — the best eclairs in Mumbai.
This dedicated space in Khar is the brainchild of Sandhya Seshadri, who bakes immaculate-looking éclairs in an assortment of flavours. We suggest getting the lavender or dark chocolate — among their popular picks. There’s also coconut with chocolate, craquelin with hazelnut, and caramel pecan, among others. There’s currently a range of monsoon specials you can choose from, including the ginger chocolate, masala chai biscuit éclair, or, the peaches and cream éclair. Seshadri also does an eggless version, which is essentially an éclair tart, in different flavours.
Where: L’Eclair Studio, Khar (West)
Contact: +91 9867586336
If you’re a fan of Chef Sanjana Patel’s innovative flavour combinations, you’ll love the eclairs here as well. Currently available at Foodhall Linking Road, you can choose from flavours like tiramisu, rocher, mango spice, salted caramel, and a seasonal favourite – sakura, paying homage to the Japanese cherry blossom. Keep a lookout for their seasonal variations each month. They also do delicate choux buns topped with a flavoured whipped cream.
Where: La Folie kiosk, Foodhall Linking Road, Santacruz (W)
Contact: +91 96999 93350
For something a little old-school, we suggest going to La Patisserie, Taj Hotels’ signature cake shop and delicatessen. The chocolate éclair here is a classic and is sure to bring back childhood memories of vanilla pastry cream sandwiched between light choux pastry and topped with a chocolate icing.
Where: La Patisserie, Taj Mahal Palace
Contact: +91 22 6665 3274
Besides the ever-popular macarons that Le15 is known for, Chef Pooja Dhingra has recently added on eclairs to her patisserie menu. Our pick? The coconut éclair, which is essentially your childhood candy, bounty, in a dessert. Coffee, hazelnut, raspberry cheesecake, and Belgian chocolate make up the rest of the offerings.
Where: All Le15 stores in Mumbai
Contact: +91 22 6513 3211
This chain of dessert stores is well-known for its range of sweet treats drawing inspiration from around the world. Quite under the radar, if you ask us, are their two varieties of éclairs that are also generously sized. The dark chocolate and whisky éclair is a boozy combination of chocolate and whisky- soaked cream. And the mascaporne creme éclair comes highly recommended as well.
Where: All Country of Origin stores in Mumbai
Contact: 022 2364 2221
If you are in the mood for something eclectic, then head on over to Artisan, the all-day French bistro at Sofitel Mumbai BKC. The Parisian-style space has an extensive offering of desserts, but the eclairs are just as decadent, in variations like the yuzu lime and milk Chantilly, rose and raspberry, blueberry namelaka, hazelnut crunch, and a dark coffee almond eclair. You won’t be disappointed.
Where: Artisan, Sofitel Mumbai BKC
Contact: +91 22 6117 5000