When I was young, in my hometown Manipur, there was a bakery near our house. Every morning, the bakery would infuse the day’s air with the fragrance of fresh bread. Children loitered around it waiting for the small shop to open after its day’s produce was baked and ready for sale.
Even before the shop would open, the fragrance from its ovens invited the young and old in the vicinity to come and taste the day’s produce. Such was the charm of the place that just by thinking about it, one would get hungry. Fond memories, indeed. Memories can be tasty too.
Since then, adulthood has come with its own share of processed food and the charm of a bakery had eroded. And maybe I would not have changed my mundane feelings if I had not visited Theos. It certainly didn’t recreate the childhood memory, but it was successful in restoring my awe for a good bakery.
Theos has many outlets now, the one I visited was Noida sector 104. Here is why Theos is special.
Why this bakery?
Theos Food Private Limited was founded on 8 November 2013. Vikram Narula, Gaurav Wadhwa and Karan Narula are the Directors of Theos Food Private Limited.
It’s a complete set-up of bakery and some mind-boggling chocolates. The menu is a mix of Italian, French and Lebanese baked foods. It has an array of in-house products in terms of juices, bread, cookies, etc. Also, they have some of the most wanted cakes and crispy macrons.
Here is where all Theos is present in Noida: DLF Mall of India sector 18, Sector 50, Sector 41 and Sector 110.
Gaurav Wadhwa credits the efficient supply chain, the training the staff is given, the unique combination of Patisserie and Cafe Lounge, and the products for the success of Theos.
Presently, Theos has a footfall of around 30,000 on an average from all over Delhi-NCR coming to its different outlets.
If you are off to snack or to have a full-fledged meal, this place has a menu to serve your requirement. If you love chocolate drinks, try its Hazelnut Hot Chocolate drink. It’s heavenly.
The menu also has some blissful soups like the French onion soup. This is a culinary classic made with caramelised onion, flavoursome stock and thyme finished with the white wine served piping hot topped with the gratinated cheese Melba toast. If you are asking for something hot, this is the fire of culinary hell.
There are lots of salad varieties on the menu. I wanted something lighter than the usual salad so I went with Tabbouleh salad. This is from Lebanon and is made from Lebanese herb and bulgur salad in a tangy lemon dressing served along with fresh pita bread, hummus bin zatar and tahini.
For the rest of the meal, I chose Pesto Gnocchi which is handcrafted dumplings of potato pasta lightly sauteed in garlic olive oil served in basil pesto sauce topped with grated parmesan. Alongside this, I had spinach and ricotta Ravioli which is home-made sheets of pasta stuffed with light spinach garlic and cheese stuffing tossed in the sauce of your choice.
Lastly, I tasted Theos’ famous Lasagne Jardiniere, which is layers of fresh lasagne sheets with grilled garden fresh vegetables topped with tomato concasse, bechamel, cheese and baked in the oven. The bread, the cheese and the veggies really smelled delicious and needless to say, food is delectable. Throughout the meal, the dishes had a consistent flavour and freshness about them.
Don’t forget to munch on the notorious macrons of Theos. Colourful and flavoursome.