If you live in Koregaon Park and go for morning jogs, run down Lane 8 at 6.30 am once. The lane next to Silk Route has been known for a while for Tuttu Benne and Forennte. But right beside them, you’ll see a shop with its shutter open and a team bustling in the shop. The shop opens to customers at 9 am. Mrs Lee is particular that only the freshest baked goodies are served at London Muffin, open a couple of weeks back only.
Mrs Lee and the staff, all from North East India, are courteous, welcome you in with a warmest of smiles and well, that gives you an indication of the heart and soul that’s been put into their products.
As you enter, one of the wall’s lined up with bagels (Yes, you read that right.) — plain, onion, black sesame or poppy seed variations, donuts and cream filled buns. The opposite wall’s stocked with cookies, pound cakes and muffins. The cashier’s standing behind the display fridge in which you can see a line up of cheesecakes. Beyond this is the kitchen where the magic happens, but is hidden behind a bamboo curtain.
As you try and converse with the staff, your eyes dart around. In a place like this, you want to pick up one of each. But it’s slightly expensive to do that. A Twist Donut costs a ridiculous Rs 45! That should give an indication of the rest of the prices. But how does one stop? We tried out a few things in the last couple of trips — custard cream filled bread, sausage bread, red bean filled bread, croquette, onion bagel, blueberry muffin and cheese cake. Every thing’s impeccably baked; fresh, soft and fluffy. The bagels go for Rs 50 per piece, muffins for Rs 70. Would’ve considered these prices fine if they had a seating area where one could sit down and order a cuppa.
One can place an order for a whole cheesecake, mocha cream cake or a tiramisu cake. They are upwards of Rs 1100.
Verdict: Such well-done freshly baked products, that they are evil. But slightly expensive.
Address: Next to Forennte, Lane 8, Koregaon Park, Pune
Phone: +91 973 027 6998