At The Baker’s Studio (Baga, Goa)
Are you one of those people who think breakfast dishes should be eaten only for breakfast, or are you like me and can happily eat breakfast stuff for lunch and dinner? Before I go further I must clarify that, when I say breakfast, I’m not talking about things like cereal, toast and the like. While I might make do with that stuff on the odd day when I’m pressed for time, I’m otherwise a person who likes to have a hearty breakfast and preferably one that is mostly savoury.
If there’s bread involved anywhere in the breakfast, then I’m a very happy person. In fact, a good friend who’s also a food blogger and I were recently discussing how we just love our carbs and where bread was concerned the whiter and unhealthier it got; the better we seemed to like it!
A while ago, I got a call asking if I would like to try out the breakfast/ brunch menu at the Baker’s Studio, a French bakery and café. As always, I mentioned I was a vegetarian and I was assured that there were a good number of vegetarian options on offer. I agreed mostly because I had already tried out some of their sweet and savoury pastries that they used to sell at their Panaji/ Panjim patisserie Delicieux. Unfortunately for us, that outlet has now moved to Ashvem.
The Baker’s Studio in Baga and their patisserie Delicieux at Ashwem, are both owned and run by Lucie Masson and Varun Sood. Lucie is French and their bakery and café is all about fresh baked artisan and pastry products. They’re also the people behind the restored heritage boutique hotel, Siolim House.
The Baker’s Studio, a breakfast café with a coffee bar, is located on the lane that leads to Tito’s in Baga, is a European style café that serves breakfast throughout the day. Their reasoning is that breakfast can be delicious, wholesome and fun; good coffee gets you through the day; freshly baked bread is comfort. So you can eat breakfast throughout the day, and make it a relaxed affair, taking your time over it.
Whether it’s something simple like rolls, a croissant or a piece of cake or some pastry with coffee, or a more substantial breakfast that you have in mind, they serve it all. You can also choose from a wide variety of sweet treats if you have a particularly sweet tooth. The café also serves a detailed brunch on weekends, and wines in the evenings. They source as much of their ingredients as they can locally and organically, and their breads are all made fresh every day in their own bakery. They also make a lot of the cheese they use, as well as their own vinaigrettes, mayonnaise, dressings and sauces.
Since I couldn’t take them up on the invite to their weekend brunch, Revati (the above mentioned friend and food blogger) and I decided to drop by on a weekday in the following week. Lucie met us there and told us a little about the idea behind setting up the place, the kind of dishes they served and we spent some time talking about food in general.
The Baker’s Studio has quite a few options for vegetarians, and I thought it would be a good idea to have Lucy suggest what I could order for a light brunch. I chose the Panini Caprese sandwich which is a grilled tomato, Mozzarella and pesto sandwich with hummus and a green salad with dressing on the side and of course, a hot cup of coffee. It proved quite filling, and I decided against dessert since I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth. I did buy a couple of pain du chocolate and Danish to take home though.
The food on the menu is priced quite affordably so if you’re hungry, and are looking for a casual breakfast or all day snacks in or around Baga, then the Baker’s Studio is worth a visit. They also make eggless desserts and cakes, and gluten-free breads on order.
Address: Tito's lane, Saunta Vaddo, Next to Star Magic Gift Shop, Baga, Goa (Open from 8am to 4am)
Please note: The information in this post was current at the time of writing it, and may have changed since.
Disclaimer: This review was done on an invitation from The Baker’s Studio. I have applied due judgment and done my best to remain objective and unbiased while writing this review. Please exercise your own discretion, with the understanding that this is my personal opinion.