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Kaos Gourmet

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Had it not been for a half done restau­rant tak­ing too long to be set up, Prachi Saraogi and Saloni Jhun­jhun­walla’s gourmet bak­ery, Kaos, would not have seen the light of day. Jhun­jhun­walla, 32, and Saraogi, 30, had started out with a dream of open­ing a restau­rant. While the com­mer­cial kitchen of The Salt House was still be­ing set up in 2015, they came up with the idea for Kaos. At that time, no one in the city was mak­ing crumbly gooey cook­ies of the kind the own­ers had binged on while study­ing in the UK (Jhun­jhun­walla) and USA (Saraogi) re­spec­tively. “Kolkata had short­bread or nankhatai cook­ies but not the crumbly rich cook­ies that were a meal in it­self,” says Saraogi.

One of the first cook­ies they sold—the dou­ble choco­late chip—con­tin­ues to be a huge hit even to­day be­cause of the use of three types of choco­late in it. Other items on the menu in­clude brown­ies, cake-pops, cakes, grissi­nis, lavash, gra­nola, bagels, dips and more. Their flavoured gra­nolas (now served in the restau­rant’s dessert menu with the par­fait and mango pud­ding) packed in clear glass milk bot­tles are per­fect for those who want to gift some­thing dif­fer­ent from the same old sweets and savouries. De­pend­ing on when you plan on send­ing out the ham­pers, they can cus­tomise the trays with dishes “with a longer shelf life”.

“No mat­ter how much we plan in ad­vance, we al­ways get last minute or­ders and we are up to our noses in cook­ies and choco­late this sea­son,” says Jhun­jhun­walla.

PRICE Rs 100 for cook­ies and Rs 600 on­wards for ham­pers DE­TAILS face­­gourmet/ AT 40 Shake­speare Sarani, 6th Floor

Saloni Jhun­jhun­walla (L) and Prachi Saraogi of Kaos Gourmet Pho­to­graph by SUBIR HALDER

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