The Goth Bagel
If you’ve heard of Instagram, you know all about the rainbow food trend. Psychedelic bagels, cupcakes and the like have been a food trend to reckon with. Originally created by baker Scot Rossillo from The Bagel Store in Brooklyn, NYC, the rainbow bagel, served with funfetti cream cheese, was all kinds of awesome. The multicoloured trend then made its way to everything from makeup to hair colour and the world couldn’t stop smiling. While all’s still well with neon and rainbows, I believe black is and will be the new black. And reflecting the colour of my heart, Black Tap Soho has delivered the limited-edition Black Goth Bagel. Of course, this limited-edition bagel is only available at Black Tap in New York City. However, like most food trends, this one is also likely to make its way to India in a big way, or so my Goth heart hopes.
All is Not Lost in India
Black burgers have been quite popular in Japan for a couple of years now and are even sold at the local Burger King. Their Kuro Pearl’s buns are made of squid ink black sauce and bamboo charcoal, while the thicker Kuro Diamond has other vegetable fillings in it. It didn’t take too long for the black burger to make its way to India, albeit in a small way. Nestled in the expat-dominated neighbourhood of Khan Market, the first outlet of South African food chain Barcelos opened at the end of 2015. Barcelos India offers a selection of gothic black burgers to satiate even the darkest hearts. Like Burger King’s Black Kuro burgers, these are darkened with bamboo charcoal as well as blue, yellow, and red food colourings that give it its distinctive Barcelos identity. With variants like the vegetarian Peri Peri Black Beauty and non-vegetarian Peri Peri Black Magic and Black Mutton Burger, this joint has something black for everyone.
The black burger food trend is yet to fully catch on in India and I hope more of these raven beauties will find their way here. Rainbow-coloured buns be damned, these elegant burgers are a class apart. Let there be dark.
How to Get There:
Oberoi Mall, Goregaon East | Churchgate | Infiniti Mall, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri West | High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel | Marol | Phoenix Market City, Kurla | Korum Mall, Khopat, Thane West | Infiniti Mall, Malad West | Dadar West | CBD-Belapur | Linking Road, Bandra West | Viviana Mall, Majiwada, Thane West | Chembur
Phoenix Market City Mall, Whitefield | Koramangala 7th Block | Kammanahalli | Indiranagar | Commercial Street | Jayanagar | Mantri Square, Malleshwaram | New BEL Road
Where: Khan Market | Hauz Khas Village | Sector 29, Gurgaon
Contact: Khan Market- 011 43505270 | Hauz Khas Village – 011 41556599 | Sector 29, Gurgaon – +91 9821348277
Timings: Khan Market, Sector 29, Gurgaon Mon-Thu 11 AM to 11 PM & Fri-Sun 11 AM to 12 Midnight | Hauz Khas Village Mon-Sun 11 AM to 1 AM
Cost for 2: ₹1,200 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)