Straight from the hills

Bomberry prom­ises a taste of Ma­h­ablesh­war with its creamy fare. But does it de­liver?


THOSE of us who’ve walked the misty slopes of Ma­ha­balesh­war are aware that no trip to the hill sta­tion is com­plete with­out tuck­ing into a jar of straw­ber­ries dunked in cream. So, re­cently when the news­pa­per ven­dor slipped in a menu an­nounc­ing the launch of Bomberry, a Ma­ha­balesh­war-based cream par­lour a stone’s throw from the writer’s home, we couldn’t stay put.

Lo­cated on the ground floor of Hor­mzad Man­sion op­po­site Tardeo’s Bha­tia Hospi­tal, Bomberry: Fresh From The Val­ley of Ma­h­ablesh­war is hard to miss. The en­trance re­sem­bles the front of a truck with flick­er­ing head­lights. Once you step in, you’re in­su­lated from the din on the main road. The space is com­pact and can ac­com­mo­date 15 peo­ple. The time we were there, there were three oth­ers, who we as­sume are the own­ers (They re­quested our feed­back and sub­tly mon­i­tored our re­ac­tions to the food). Brightly lit with mono­chrome tints dom­i­nat­ing the decor, the space spells all things Ma­h­ablesh­war. Pas­tel-coloured boards high­light the fa­mous points of the hill town — Vi­enna lake, Ta­ble Land and Ele­phant's Head Point.

All cream­eries and shakes here are made out of lo­cally sourced pro­duce from the owner’s farm in Ma­ha­balesh­war.

The menu is divided into shakes,

smooth­ies, corn frit­ters, sand­wiches, berry cream­eries and sea­sonal mas­ta­nis (Pune’s fa­mous thick milk­shake churned with ice cream). We get straight to busi­ness with the sig­na­ture Straw­berry Cream

(R289), be­cause our first pref­er­ence, the Berry Cream (fresh mul­berry and straw­berry chunks, cream and mul­berry ice cream), is un­avail­able. Which makes us won­der how they plan to sus­tain the busi­ness con­sid­er­ing cer­tain berries are sea­sonal. “Straw­ber­ries are avail­able nine months of the year, but we are fig­ur­ing a way around mul­ber­ries,” says one of the own­ers, al­most on cue. A few days from now, we are as­sured of more op­tions like rasp­berry and goose­berry. Our dish ar­rives in 10 min­utes and looks promis­ing. The straw­ber­ries have been gen­er­ously thrown in, but there's an un­usual af­ter­taste that sinks in af­ter a few bites. This, we guess is what hap­pens to fruits kept in the deep freeze for long. The Healthy One smoothie with kale, berries and ba­nana (R270), is a glass of good­ness. A muddy red con­coc­tion, it’s light on the tummy, but can pinch your pocket. We also call for the Ital­ian Ched­dar Corn (R88) which is value for money. The spice in the sea­son­ing is cut by the cheese and makes for a great snack.

While we en­joyed our ex­pe­ri­ence, the prices seem steep. But, if you don’t mind the pinch on your pocket, this place could come close to pro­vid­ing a slice of Ma­h­ablesh­war on the streets of Mumbai.

The Healthy One smoothie with kale, berries and ba­nana, is a glass of good­ness. A muddy red con­coc­tion, it’s smooth and light on the tummy, but can pinch your pocket

The boards high­light Ma­h­ablesh­war’s fa­mous points; (right) The Straw­berry Cream

The en­trance; (in­set) Ched­dar Corn Bomberry didn’t know we were there. mid­day re­views anony­mously and pays for meals

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