Location: 1 Mg Road, Bangalore
Cuisine: Ice creams, Cafe
Ambience and Interiors: What’s the first thing that comes to mind (other than their delicious ice creams of course) when you think of Häagen-Dazs? I’ll put the words in your mouth and say the gold and maroon colours. The plush golden couches, the tables and chairs and the maroon lampshades with the softly glowing golden lighting form a very inviting picture that persuades you to step in for an ice cream even on a rainy day. They have a menu on display at the entrance in case you want to flip through and decide if you want to pass on dessert for another day but I assure you of this, one peak into their menu, a glance at the interiors and you’ll find yourself making your way in even if you’re not an ardent ice cream fan. The cafe could have been over a little more space, especially width wise but I’m not holding that against them.
Since this really is their main forte, I’m glad they’ve skipped out on the quick bites you usually find in ice cream cafes in India as it tends to be on the poorer side and well, kind of spoils the delectable dessert experience you came to savour.
Rain or no rain, I’m not one to pass on the ice cream so we picked out a ‘Chocolate Fantasy’ and a Cafe Latte, sat back and watched the world walk by in the drizzle outside.
The Chocolate Fantasy was delightfully presented. On the side I had sweet sugary raspberries in chocolate sauce, whipped cream and even a small slab of dark chocolate with Häagen-Dazs scripted on it. And then 3 scoops of chocolatey heaven in separate square bowls, each with a difference. One scoop drenched in chocolate sauce which wasn’t too sweet or heavy, one in crispy powdered nuts and crumbs and another covered with rich chocolate chips. Divine, I tell you.
The Cafe Latte is served in a tall glass (with a handle) and not the traditional coffee mugs that you find in coffee shops. And something about it just made it a tad better than the usual lattes. For the more adventurous, you may want to try out a steaming mug of latte with a scoop of their vanilla ice cream resting in the middle.
Service: When there’s a a very warm hostess waiting at the entrance to guide you in, you know they are doing something right. The servers were quick and friendly and the dessert and latte were served to us without delay.
Overall Verdict: A premium ice cream brand from New York setting up shop is definitely something that’ll please the Bangaloreans. The menu is large and you can create your own ice cream as well. For the not so die hard ice cream, there are some coffee sips as well. The prices are on the higher side as one would expect and will set you back Rs.1000 easily(for two). But don’t let that bother an occasional weekend splurge for it is worth it.