Before there were eateries solely dedicated to desserts, there was Love and Cheesecake faithfully churning out gorgeous, generous slices of cheesecake. The treats went far beyond the realm of ordinary comfort food. Chef and owner Amit Sharma had such a way with those pieces of heaven that we had to try his newly opened Poetry by Love and Cheesecake in Bandra.
The moment you enter, you are greeted by rows of desserts and baked treats. Climb the winding staircase and grab a seat at their floral cushioned chairs that recall those childhood tea parties. The area is decorated with framed, pastel-coloured ink blots (though thankfully they don’t evoke responses of the psychoanalytical kind.)
Back in college, a lecture on poetry usually began with the class reaching a universal understanding that a poem could speak volumes with as little or as many words as it chose. And that seems to be Chef Sharma’s philosophy with Poetry. The menu doesn’t boast of frills yet each dish is chocful of ingredients outstanding in their own right and marvellous when thrown together.
The Avocado Kale salad is a slow unravelling of the truth that healthy food can be delicious. I never thought I’d be stuffing my face with leaves but that’s what you do when greens are tossed together with almond slivers and aged Gouda and lightly kissed with a roasted garlic dressing.
We’re keen to try The New Yorker Bagel which sounds like it could give their NYC counterparts some stiff competition. But since they’re out of bagels, we settle for the multigrain bread. Not unlike a poem that’s short yet rich in meaning, the sandwich is simple but hits all the right notes and we probably have the smoked salmon and slathering of cream cheese to thank for that.
It seems blasphemous to visit Poetry without indulging our nostalgia for Love and Cheesecake’s desserts. We kick off with their Brownie Cheesecake for two reasons: because we’re greedy and because it sounds like two desserts rolled into one. Our avarice is rewarded with a nicely baked cheesecake sandwiched between a layer of brownie at the bottom and chocolate on top. Next is the easy-on-the-eye Angelou, a heart-shaped raspberry mousse that’s every bit as phenomenal as the poet it was named after.
Our bill arrives nestled within the pages of Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise. I’m tempted to take it and run but resist. Stuffing my face with cheesecake, I settle for a quick browse through its pages instead.
How to Get There:
Poetry by Love and Cheesecake
Where: Pali Darshan, Junction of 16th & 33rd road, Linking Road, Bandra West
Contact: +91 9819935135
Timings: All Days 8 AM to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹1,000 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)