27 times the indulgence at this new-age bakery by Masque team

Helmed by Aditi Dugar, TwentySeven Bakehouse, a new bakery from the Masque team, is exactly what they say they are — a cute blue window into no-bullshit baking.
Like alfajores? Find them at twenty seven bakehouse.
Like Alfajores? Find them at Twenty Seven Bakehouse.

How many good things can come out of an old cotton mill in Mumbai? For the founders of Masque and now Twenty Seven Bakehouse, the opportunities are seemingly endless. 

Helmed by Aditi Dugar and Chef Rachelle Andrade, Twenty Seven Bakehouse is the answer to all your pastry and bread cravings. It’s a little kitchen delivering big surprises, with an aesthetic blue window and a two-person seating arrangement. No-bullshit baking seems to be on everyone’s mind here, evident in the concise but beautifully curated menu of croissants, pastries, bread, and more.

As someone on Team Lives-To-Eat, the number of rules that pop up around consuming food and beverages can get a bit tedious. While it’s certainly acceptable to have an optimum temperature and time, sometimes you just want your food to be easy and delicious. And that’s precisely what Twenty Seven Bakehouse gets right.  

Chef rachelle andrade and aditi duggar of masque.
Chef Rachelle Andrade and Aditi Dugar of Masque.

Before getting right into it, I must confess my undying love for croissants. Think of every cliche croissant meme/reel/joke, and they’ve got nothing on me. So you can imagine the sheer joy that coursed through my veins as I bit through one of Chef Rachelle’s insanely flaky and buttery croissants. It’s one of those blissful moments you can’t begin to articulate, and don’t even need backstage details of to enjoy. It’s a ‘chonky boi’ too, so one is definitely plenty.

Another highlight on the menu is the monthly changing Croissant Cube. A signature item, this month’s cube is stuffed silly with the most heavenly tiramisu cream you’ll ever have. Sweet tooth or not, this is one dessert you simply won’t be able to resist. It’s also great to share with a friend or two, but odds are you might not want to! 

As someone who isn’t too big on chocolate, finding a good slice of cake can be a bit of an adventure sport. So when I saw Moist Carrot Cake and Gluten Free Sticky Toffee Date slices, you know I went for it. And let me tell you, it delivered. The carrot cake is sweet without being synthetic, and allows the hero flavours to come through. Combined with the Malta cream cheese frosting, it’s an excellent bite. 

The Sticky Toffee Date slice comes with a sesame walnut crunch on top for some texture. With the salt sweet and umami all coming together, this is a dessert you’re going to have irrespective of dietary restrictions. 

That being said, there’s no getting away from the heavenly line-up that is the savoury section. Twenty Seven Bakehouse might have outdone themselves on this front, a seemingly impossible task given the outstanding confections. 

Roast tomato & neighbour's pesto pie.
Roast Tomato & Neighbour’s Pesto Pie.

It’s hard to pick a favourite when everything’s so inviting, each dish its own little experience. When the Roasted Tomato and Grilled Veg Tart came to the table, we were so sure this fresh, slightly acidic, and well-balanced dish would come out on top. Until the Roasted Tomato And Neighbour’s Pesto Tart showed up. Who knew tangy tomatoes and the earthy flavours of an excellent pesto would change our minds so quickly? There’s something about all of this combined with a danish pastry holding a gentle sweetness that takes it to the next level. 

Even before we were done talking though, came the Sweet Chilli and Cheese Swirls. Made with Emmental and glazed with a bird’s eye chilli, the bakehouse has captured the perfect juxtaposition of sweet and spicy. It’s delightful in every bite, never boring, and will definitely have you reaching out for more.

Bakehouse tapenade and cream cheese twists.
Bakehouse Tapenade and Cream Cheese Twists.

The Bakehouse Tapenade and Cream Cheese Twists, we’re told, sell faster than hotcakes. One bite into it, and we’re not surprised. The tapenade contrasts the light cream cheese beautifully. Do we really need to say anything further about the texture of the bread and pastries anymore?

But my favourite by a slight margin might just be the Goan Chorizo and Potato Tart. The salty, vinegar-like taste attributed to the chorizo is offset quite well by the potato and the tart itself. Without overshadowing the star of the show, of course. It also broke the heavy monotony of the dishes, like a sharp shooting star across a pastry-filled sky. 

I’m definitely going back for more.

Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Max: 5 stars)

Food: 9.5/10

Drinks: 8/10

Service: 9/10

Interiors/Décor: 8/10

Vibe: 8/10

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