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 facebook.com/kaosgourmet/ AT 40 Shakespeare Sarani, 6th Floor
Saloni Jhunjhunwalla (L) and Prachi Saraogi of Kaos Gourmet Photograph by SUBIR HALDER