L’Opera Salon de Thé is a classy French bakery and is ran by a half French family. “Salon de Thé” stands for Tea Room in French. The décor is picture perfect classical French and transfers you straight to the beautiful city of Paris. Situated in the basement of the Nehru Place metro station, Delhi, right inside the Epicuria Mall, the outlet also boasts a Paris like garden view. The families love for food is so evident that they decided to open Bakery in Delhi few years back and ever since there has been no looking back. The group now has almost 9 outlets in Delhi and this one if the most recent and special one as it lets you indulge in French cuisine in a décor that where you can spend hours sipping tea or coffee along with your favorite assorted pastries.
The French connection of the owners is evident everywhere. The drapes to the chairs to the tables to the ambiance in whole. The L’Opera has a modern centralized kitchen in Noida where the use of hands is just minimalistic. The reason of this sophistication is the fact that bread is created at a particular temperature not a degree more nor a degree less. The breads are then transferred in special containers to outlets all over the city. To make every item perfect some of the ingredients are even exported from France especially the cheese. Some of the French items are really light not in terms of filling but in terms of the ingredients use. The use of greasy oil is a no-no here.
The menu is exotic and some of the items are created first time in India. This outlet also has a special meal menu that comprises of 8 classical French dishes straight to Delhi. We tried the Vegetable Vol au Vent which is a combination of a puff pastry with the creamy Béchamel sauce. On the other side, is a fresh vegetable salad accompanying the Tapenade, a fine mixture of Olives and garlic. The strong Tapenade went really well with the rest of the dish. The texture of the Tapenade was so smooth that it tasted creamy as well. The Béchamel Sauce with the Puff was a delight to the taste buds. If you haven’t tried French cuisine before this one would be a perfect start. The combination of different item was remarkable on the plate.
As Salon de Thé translates to Tea Room, the outlet has a huge selection of Tea including flavored tea, first pluck tea and so on. Also tried their Café Latte which comes with a Sugar Brioche. The experience of sipping a cup of tea/coffee in a Paris like ambiance is just out of the world. L’Opera also has a range of exotic Mediterranean fruit juices.
We then tried the Truffon, a 4-layered pastry. Each layer has a distinctive taste and the taste of light Hazelnut with chocolate was incredible. The pastry was finished with white chocolate along with caramel and topped with a Golden nut. The Truffon is a treat in itself. A must try!
The next item that we tried was none other than Macaron, tiny colorful sweet confectionary. Macaron in France has a category of its own in between biscuit and pastry. The range of Macaron at L’Opera is extensive including Vanilla, Passion Fruit, Pistachio, Raspberry and even Rose. One is never enough when you’re eating Macaron. Temperature plays a key role when you’re eating Macaron. The taste was fabulous. My personal favorite would be Rose and Raspberry and I am sure even a dozen wouldn’t be enough. Incredible is just a misnomer! Wow….
L’Opera has a range of Pastries, Tapas, Canapes, Sandwiches, Tarts, Tea Cakes, and Quiches. There is no better place to try French cuisine than at L’Opera Salon de Thé.
The staff at L’Opera are specially trained in treating customers and making sure they feel homely. The passion of the staff members is clearly seen in their service which was flawless.
Food/Taste – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Value for Money – 8/10
Ambiance – 9/10
Quantity – 8/10
Quality – 9/10
Overall Rating – 4.3/5
A classy French café with exotic dishes …..