Gaylord Churchgate review: amazing bakery and Indian food

Mumbaigloss was invited to wine and dine at Gaylord by FBAI last Friday, the most iconic of restaurants in South Mumbai. It was established in 1956. Yes, it is same as the ice-cream brand that we used to relish in 80s and 90s. And the restaurants, both in Delhi and Mumbai have existed for more than half a century now.  With its vintage appeal, it still charms its visitors and thrives on its excellent bakery products and Indian dine-in options. The evening at Gaylord was anything but uninspiring as we met AN Malhotra, the 87 year old (one of the founders), who started this chain and introduced India to the best of the ice-creams and fine dining. Gaylords is famous for its North Indian, Mughlai and Continental cuisine. The ambience is very vintage with old style wooden furniture, chandeliers, steel serving plates, etc. There is ample of seating but parking is a problem on the busy Churchgate road.  

Gaylords churchgate bakery

On a bright Mumbai winter weekend, you will find many expats in the outside seating area, ordering for their beers early in the day and enjoying a lazy holiday. Gaylord’s, Bake Shop adjacent to the beautiful garden cafeteria, with wooden trellis, old-world wrought iron chairs and onyx table tops gives it a very European bistro feel. The bakery serves a wide range of different international breads and a host of exotic cakes and desserts, chocolates, muffins, cupcakes, doughnuts, fresh cream confections, macaroons, health breads, custom made cakes, etc. Customers can take away baked items or can enjoy their order at the adjacent garden patio with Gaylord’s special Kona coffee. We got a taste of these amazing bakery goodies as they gifted each one of us with a hamper at the end of our dinner. Look at these beauties.

bakery, breads, gaylords mumbai

I am completely awed by the bakery at Gaylord. I am being told that Gaylord was the first restaurant in India to have introduced the concept of open bakery. In the early days, the shelf area in the bakery was much smaller. Customers used to come down to the bakery to get a glimpse of fresh goodies being baked live. The smell of butter and fresh loaf used to pull them here. I saw this beautiful fondant cake in the shape of a dressing table at the bakery. So beautiful! Every fashionistas dreamcake, I believe, with makeup beautifully perched on it.

beautiful cake, fondant cake, Gaylords bakery mumbai

Noel D’Souza, Gaylord’s General Manager since 1987 gave us many other personal anecdotes about the restaurant to liven up our evening. As gossip goes well with food, finally our menu card for the evening arrived. It looked something like this.

Gaylords churchgate

We started with appetizers and loved the Bharwan Aaloo and Lahori Fish Tikka. Baby potatoes scooped out and filled with herbs and cottage cheese were an instant hit even with non-vegetarians like us. Chicken Kebabs were subtle but Kesari Paneer felt dry and didn’t go too well with the bloggers. Next arrived the French Onion soup. It looked very good but didn’t taste anything close to what I had in Paris. May be a different version of it! But this was just the beginning. By the time the dinner ended I was completely stuffed. I didn’t try everything on the menu. But the ones that I loved was the Lasooni Palak (Garlic Spinach gravy) with Truffle nan. None of the bloggers on my table touched any other bread than the truffle nan. It was the favourite that evening. I guess! Kheema Nalli Gosht was the regular Indian masala gravy with chunks of mutton and minced meat. Roast Chicken Bacon was not that soft as expected but was definitely appealing. Pompheret Meuniere was ok. Being a Bengali, I have tasted better batter fish fries in other places. Lastly, we all noshed on the desserts. Poached peach with raspberry sauce, caramel custard and chocolate mousse. I tried poached peach for the first time and can safely say I don’t mind trying one more. Chocolate mousse was ok. Caramel custard was creamy and delicious. 

dessert, gaylords mumbai

I can’t comment on the price as I didn’t get to see the original menu card. But if you want to do a vintage foodwalk around Churchgate area, then Gaylords should be on your list. Ambience and Indian food will not disappoint you here for sure. 

Will I go there again? Yes, to try out their Lamb Stroganoff, Chicken a La Keiv and Vegetable Irish Stew. I heard these are very popular. 

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