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Joining La Folie Patisserie in Kala Ghoda and Le15 Café, a short walk away off Colaba Causeway, Oh Dough makes up the trifecta of dessert shops in south Mumbai that are perfect for after-dinner treats. Sweetish House Mafia may have popularized American-style cookies using guerrilla social media marketing and a Tata Nano, selling cookies across the city, but the dainty Oh Dough is in the business of perfecting them. We stopped by during a rainy afternoon to sample co-owner and Le Cordon Bleu-trained Ritika Chawla’s signature creations.

The good stuff

The menu has two clear parts that celebrate that great partnership: cookies and ice cream. Like La Folie and Le15, there is a gleaming glass cabinet with a dozen-odd, palm-sized biscuit discs in flavours like Chocolate Chip, Hazelnut Praline, Oatmeal & Raisin, Coconut, Pistachio, Smores and more. While the shop doesn’t assemble ice-cream sandwiches using in-house cookies—they are just too crumbly for this exercise—they do a good job of serving the two together in paper cups.

We mixed-and-matched our own flavour combinations, with a little help from the friendly servers: Double Chocolate and Orange ( 135) cookie with Salted Caramel ice cream ( 140) and a Chipzel cookie ( 135) with Pistachio Black Truffle ice cream ( 160).

The Double Chocolate with orange-peel cookie was exceptionally good and felt light and airy despite the overload of dark chocolate chips. We almost squealed in delight each time we took a bite with the candied orange peel. The salted caramel ice cream tasted like an old-school caramel toffee but didn’t do much for our cookie.

The rich pistachio and black truffle did far better on the sweet-salty spectrum. But it was the Chipzel that won our hearts. The batter, bulked up with pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats and more, was on the doughy side but it was more than satisfying.

The not-so-good

The shop is quite small but there is seating for about 12 people. We were, however, disappointed with the way the desserts were served up in paper bags and coffee in paper cups. The slick black, white and red themed store deserves a lot better in terms of plating.

We also took home a Coconut ( 110) and a Pistachio ( 110) and were quite underwhelmed to discover that the desserts were too sweet and tasted like Indian sweets. The food colouring in the Red Velvet (a deep maroon) and the Pistachio (a fluorescent green) was also a cause for concern.

Talk plastic

Cookies are priced between 95 for a basic chocolate chip and 135 for a triple chocolate. Ice-cream flavours range from 140 for a scoop of salted caramel to 160 for black sesame. The store also does loaves of teacakes in flavours such as orange, lemon and banana for 350. Coffee, tea and shakes are priced from 90 for an espresso or green/masala/black tea to 200 for an affogato. Additional taxes apply.

Oh Dough, Hind Rajasthan Chambers, near Burma Burma, 6 Allana Marg, Fort (022-22631313). Open from 11.30am-11.30pm (closed on Mondays).

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