A French Treat – Marie Antoinette

Looking for a casual work space to put your thoughts and ideas together or a quaint little environment to meet up with a bunch of close friends in Bandra? Then THIS is the place to visit!

As you walk through the doors of Marie Antoinette, the first uniquely French patisserie in Mumbai, you know you’re in for a pleasant yet tasteful French experience!

in conversation with John
I had the pleasure of meeting the man who believed he could present us Mumbaikars with a real taste of authentic French treats. John, who is originally from France decided to come to India and make it happen and well, what can I say, I think he’s done pretty well for himself.
With broken English and a heavy accent from their end, it was indeed an exceptional interaction and the blend between our distinctively unique cultures made it worthwhile! 🙂
Marie Antoinette
Ever wondered why the name – Marie Antoinette?
I asked John the reason behind this and we went back in time and discussed the importance of Marie Antoinette in the history of France. I’m sure every one of us is widely aware of the infamous words spoken – “Let them eat cake” which is the traditional translation of the French phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”, supposedly spoken by “the great princess” upon learning that the peasants had no bread to eat. Since brioche was made from dough enriched with butter and eggs, and those ingredients were even more scarce and more costly than dough, making brioche was absolutely out of the question for the peasants. The quote supposedly reflected the princess’s obliviousness as to the condition of the people.
The quotation, as attributed to Marie Antoinette (though historians have proved otherwise) was claimed to have been uttered during one of the famines that occurred in France during the reign of her husband, Louis XVI. Upon being alerted that the people were suffering due to widespread bread shortages, the Queen is said to have replied, “Then let them eat brioche.” Although this anecdote was never cited by opponents of the monarchy at the time of the French Revolution, it did acquire great symbolic importance in subsequent histories when pro-revolutionary historians sought to demonstrate the obliviousness and selfishness of the French upper-classes during those times.

After having traveled back in time, I returned to experience the sweet reality I was in for. We went on to discuss what was on the menu. From a delectable variety of macarons & the classic creme brulee to the perfectly baked quiches on display; a gorgeous chandelier that adorned the high ceiling; I noticed everything about the place was truly French by nature.

It was an absolute delight to my taste buds as I tried the Banana Chocolate, Peach, Coffee and Salted Caramel flavoured macarons which were just a few of the many unique flavours of macarons on the menu. Alongside, I also tried something known as ‘financier’ which basically tasted like the french version of mawa cake that we can relate with. Made from almond powder and looks like a gold bar, the financier is available in plain, banana or chocolate and is served warm. (PS: I checked out the chocolate version and man was I in heaven or what?!)

baked quiche
vanilla macarons
nutella crumble macarons
salted caramel macarons
french cake – financier 
some more macarons…
need I say more? 🙂

An alliance of their expertise and traditional culinary skills, Marie Antoinette specializes in macarons and I have to say, it has been one the best macarons that I have tried in the city so far. I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet, discuss and get enlightened by John about the brand and its offerings.

Check it out whenever you’re in Bandra next and experience your own version of a sweet lil’ French dream!

Address: White Rose Building, Sherley Rajan Road, Near Rizvi College, Bandra West – 400050
PS: Here’s a sneak peek into the delivery menu (click to enlarge) that will be introduced soon; for your reference and convenience; this of course when you intend to bring home the French experience! 😉

Photographs Courtesy: Sharang Patil and Abhishek Golecha

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