When it comes to food, we all have one thing in common – the never-ending craving for delectable desserts. This new upscale eatery, that I like to call Mumbai’s new gourmet gem, is all that a dessert lover could ask for.
Meet Monèr, a wholesome bistro and dessert bar café that launched in the posh suburb of Bandra last month.
Monèr is a passion project of Chef Freny Fernandes, 25, who learnt her patisserie skills at the Culinary Institute of America. While in New York, she worked at multiple Michelin-star restaurants. And to her delight, she also ended up making desserts for Priyanka Chopra’s bridal shower at Tiffany’s Blue Box Café.
Her next stop, India. She came back to the maximum city two years ago with a plan to establish her own restaurant, focussed majorly on desserts. For the opening, Fernandes planned two seasonal menus for summer and autumn last year, each time hindered by the pandemic-led lockdowns.
As they say, third time’s the charm, her winter menu finally set the ball rolling for Monèr’s launch this new year.
Before Monèr renews its la carte for Summer, we decided to drop by this aesthetically-pleasing eatery to try the bestsellers from Freny’s winter menu!
Being a bistro and a dessert bar, Monèr, also serves a range of savoury dishes and mocktails. Fernandes also plans to include cocktails in the list soon. We started our evening with a small plate of Ricotta Gnudi served with creamy tomato butter – a mild yet a flavourful recipe. We then had pork belly, slow cooked for eight hours, glazed with sweet-tangy tamarind and apple slaw – personal favourite, because of the truly unique combination.
As for the mocktails, Fernandes recommended Lemoner, a punchy mint-cucumber drink and Berry Spritz, a refreshing mix of mixed berry coulis base dissolved with ginger ale.
Then came the round of desserts, we were eagerly waiting for. The three-course treat started with Fernandes gleefully bringing us Dawn in the Meadows, a delicately plated green apple and kaffir lime granita, kaffir lime zest touched up with dew-drops like white meringue and slim apple slices.
Next up was Phases of the Moon, an artsy plating of vanilla sable, a half-moon shaped biscuit base topped up with four chocolate ganache balls and an earl grey gelato in the center. A red raspberry coulis completed the dressing of the dessert.
The final dessert scored full marks on its presentation and surprised us with its well-balanced textures of soft, gooey and crunchy and perfectly blended taste notes of slightly berry-like sweet and slightly tangy. Called Jardin Du Rose, it was a rose and raspberry parfait sprinkled with pistachio air cake, tiny rosy caviar, edible flowers and homemade pistachio baklava.
Fernandes informed that desserts are served 7 pm onwards at the bistro. While its savoury menu runs throughout the day.
Address: Perry Cross Rd, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai- 400050