Restaurant review – The French Loaf, New Town, Kolkata 

Located just a km away from my apartment, I had been thinking of visiting this outlet for quite a while. Last week when my husband brought their brown bread and apple pie back home, the taste was good enough for me to plan the visit at the earliest.That is how we ended up being there last evening.

This is a small joint sandwiched between Reliance Fresh and Vijaya Bank ATM,quite near to the New Town Bus stand. The place can barely accommodate fifteen people at one go. Yet they have managed to keep a tiny seating arrangement within premises even though take away is the preferred mode here.

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The French Loaf Entrance

Ambiance – The place has a decent ambiance. The pastries are displayed at the inside counter while the snacks items are located just near the entrance. Since the items are clearly visible from the outside,one can actually make a choice before ordering the items inside. The fact that despite the space constraint, they have managed to squeeze in two tables for eating inside their joint really goes in their favor. I was pleasantly surprised to see two families with toddlers enjoying pastries,sandwiches and burgers at the tables. Lighting and ac were working fine.

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The snacks counter

Food – They have a range of pastries and evening snacks. While one could spot occasional pineapple, butterscotch or Irish pastries, the range of chocolate pastries, brownies and mousse is delectable. In snack items, they have the puffs to croissants to sandwiches to burgers. However, they store limited quantities of each item and most of the items sell out very fast. They also have fresh white and brown breads along with bread sticks and few other dry snack items. There are shelves displaying chocolates and it was difficult to restrain my two year old from pouncing on them. They also have birthday cakes made on order. While I had tasted the apple pie before, yesterday we decided on butterscotch pastry along with chicken puff and chicken croissant. All the items were fresh and tasted good but the pastry definitely won hands down in popularity within the family.

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The pastry counter
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Chocolates and dry snacks

Service – One has to place the order at the innermost counter. The items are packed within minutes. Payment can be made by cash or card and the whole process is really fast. The promptness in service is the reason that the place never gets overcrowded. The staffs,three of them are polite and courteous.

Packaging – The pastries were packed in French Loaf boxes while the snacks were put in brown covers. It was neatly done and could be carried as it is. But there is also the option of  taking it in a carry bag for three rupees extra.

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Packaging

Price – The pricing is a little on the higher side but considering the location and quality maintained, it would be only logical to justify the pricing. The bill for three items that we ordered came to one hundred and forty three rupees.

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Chicken Puff and Chicken croissant

Rating across various parameters would be –

Ambiance – 4

Food – 4.5

Service – 4.5

Packaging – 4.5

Price – 4

Overall – 4.3

The snacks are good here but the pastries from this outlet are definitely worth trying repeatedly.

Link to the review on TripAdvisor is

https://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowUserReviews-g304558-d10295977-r540365864-The_French_Loaf-Kolkata_Calcutta_Kolkata_District_West_Bengal.html#REVIEWS

The French Loaf Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Author: Sonia Chatterjee

Who am I? Ex-Banker turned Blogger/Writer/Solopreneur. Any qualifications? A Post graduate degree in Chemistry followed by Post Graduate Diploma in Management. I am still trying to figure out how and when I can connect all these dots to what I do presently. Have I done any real work? If two years in Market Research and six years in Banking (three different Banks though) as Branch Head can be considered as real work. Where do I live? After a nomadic sixteen years in Delhi, Bangalore & Mysore, I am back to where it all started from - Kolkata. My favorite things - Food, travel, books and my two and half year old toddler son What is this blog about ? Sonia's musings is an attempt to channelize emotions through words and pictures hoping they touch a chord with my visitors.

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