L’Opéra brings to you Episode 2 of its Cook Book Series. Try making this Chocolate Mousse recipe at home accompanied by Pragati Mitta, Chef at L’Opéra: a twist on the classic French Chocolate Mousse, infused with L’Opéra Earl Grey Grace Tea and topped with a gelée made with the L’Opéra Orange & Cinnamon Preserve.

Orange and chocolate are a long-celebrated pairing, as the fresh, zesty tones of orange complement beautifully the rich, lush chocolate taste.

Watch the video and share the final results with us on Instagram so we can feature you.

Order your Preserve here and your Tea here and get them delivered at your doorstep the next day. Orders are hygienically fulfilled through L’Opéra’s in-house delivery service.

Happy cooking and bon appétit.

L’Opéra takes you to Paris, the capital of elegance, refinement and gourmet cuisine in a décor of Haussmanian architecture where each of your senses will be satisfied. Come along to visit or revisit the French capital.

Introducing L’Opéra cooking experience: try at home recipes accompanied by Pragati Mitta, Chef at L’Opéra who will demonstrate recipes using L’Opéra delicacies.

We start off with an egg salad breakfast sandwich, a simple recipe using a L’Opéra croissant and easy to find ingredients. This recipe takes no time to put together and is protein-packed and nutritious. The croissants make the salad more indulgent with their flaky texture and buttery flavour.

Watch the video and share the final results with us on Instagram so we can feature you. Order your croissant here and get it delivered at your doorstep the next day. Orders are hygienically fulfilled through L’Opéra’s in-house delivery service.

Happy cooking and bon appétit.

For the eight time since it began its operations in 2011, this year L’Opéra has been honoured with the Times Food and Nightlife Award in the Best Confectionery, Casual Dining category. The award was handed over at the ITC Maurya hotel in Chanakyapuri, on March 3rd 2020, by Maryam H. Reshii, curator of the Times Food Guide for Delhi. On the Times of India Food and Nightlife Awards page, she wrote of L’Opéra, “From the day it opened its doors almost a decade ago to today, L’Opéra the brand has retained its core, yet has expanded to many parts of the city, but has done so on its own terms and in places where its presence has lent value…. Whether you tarry awhile in one of the stores, with a little sweet indulgence or nibble a savoury pie, more than just eating or drinking, you carry away a little piece of the brand with you in your heart.”

Christine Samandari, Promoter and member of the founding family of L’Opéra, was at the award ceremony to accept the award. “This is a special honor for us to receive this recognition consistently over so many years,” she said, “as it indicates that our intention to achieve the highest level of perfection in our work is bearing fruit, not just once or twice, but systematically over time. We have worked hard to earn this level of trust from our customers and the society at large.”

Alisha Bedi, Head of Corporate Operations at L’Opéra, who was also present to receive the award, noted that “most L’Opéra customers visit the outlets again and again, and rely on its high standards of quality and excellence. It may not be obvious how difficult it is to sustainably and consistently reach these standards. Commitment to excellence is an ideal that’s easy to talk about but hard to achieve because the food that one eats at L’Opéra is only one part of the total symphony of experience, each note of which has to be in perfect harmony with every other.”

“Though L’Opéra is known for traditional French recipes, its stunning French ambience & décor are equally memorable,” said Manharan Singh, Chief Operating Officer at L’Opéra, who accepted the award together with his two colleagues. “Every L’Opéra outlet is neat, exquisite, and full of light — a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds, where customers can enjoy classic French pastries as well as delicious European cuisine. These venues provide for all different types of situations as well: whether one wants to be alone for a while and collect their thoughts over a pastry and tea,  have a quick lunch or even dine with a partner or small group of friends. Each outlet is like a true ‘Paris moment’ dropped into the heart of India.”

L’Opéra, Delhi’s finest award-winning French Pâtisserie-Boulangerie and Salon de Thé (Tea Room), officially launched its first ever Café-Restaurant in Delhi at Civil Lines on Saturday, 15th February 2020 with H. E. André Aranha Correa do Lago officiating as the Chief Guest. To celebrate the occasion, the Samandari family (the Founding family) organised a High Tea for over 120 guests that included Ambassadors and High Commissioners, personalities from the world of business, arts and fashion, respected members of the media and patrons.

Guests mingled and enjoyed bite-sized savouries and mini desserts along with juices and hot and cold beverages as served by smiling waiters with dashing traditional French uniforms. Soon all were surprised to hear genuine French opera as singers from The Neemrana Music Foundation serenaded the audience with powerful voices from the mezzanine floor, and our own Philippe Engel (who we believe is one of the best pianists in Delhi) provided accompaniment on the keyboard down below.

In his brief welcome speech, Laurent Samandari, Managing Director of L’Opéra (and initiator of the company) spoke about the progress L’Opéra has made over the years. “We had in the past the ‘Pâtisserie-Boulangerie’, more recently the concept of ‘Salon de Thé’ — a lot of you have also been enjoying yourselves in such outlets like at Basant Lok — and now this one is a new concept which is called ‘Café-Restaurant’. So that makes this place quite different from the others that we have, though the look, the atmosphere, and the products of the typical café in Paris haven’t changed. Now, as many of you know, L’Opéra has been expanding in Delhi, and with the upcoming opening of stores, that will bring us to 23 outlets in total, which is quite special.” Mr. Samandari also expressed his wish that the entire community of customers and friends of L’Opéra, from drivers and waiters to spouses and children, could find time and space to participate in the event together, and noted that all these were surely with us in our hearts.

Kazem Samandari, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder formally addressed the gathering and welcomed everyone. He started by saying, “usually sons follow in the footsteps of their fathers, but in our case it has been the other way around: the idea of L’Opéra came from Laurent, who just spoke before me, so in our case the parents, the mature generation is following the lead of their sons, which is the way things should have been in the first place, because they know how to innovate, and they are courageous.” Noting that over the last 14 months, L’Opéra has been opening on average one outlet every six weeks, he also highlighted the efforts of a number of L’Opéra teammates who have made outstanding contributions to the progress of the company.

Finally, the chief guest, Ambassador of Brazil to India, H. E. André Aranha Correa do Lago spoke to the gathering, saying, “I am super happy to be here because you have created some amazing places in Delhi that we all want to be in. The ambience is great, the service is amazing. You have added an incredible chapter in Delhi. The fact is, you [M.Samandari] are a bien-faiteur — you make this city even better. I [H.E. Ambassador André Aranha Correa do Lago] came here today just to tell you that we admire you, and we thank you.” 

After the official cutting of the ribbon to inaugurate the Café-Restaurant, guests once again enjoyed the festivities and shared their thoughts on the experience: 

“The expansion of L’Opéra proves that India is a big and growing market for world class products and excellence in both quality and services. It’s very encouraging.” —Ambassador Krishna Rajan 

“This expansion tells you about the change that Indians want, engaging with more diversity and international culture. It’s going to do very well. This part of the city is a uniquely traditional place, but now it’s exploding with new opportunities like this; it’s becoming a lifestyle.” 

—Dr. Poonam Batra

“We love the food so much, the moment we come here we forget about dieting. And today’s experience was awesome!” 

—Parull Mahaajan (Official Representative of British Herald) & Papa Assane (Consul to Embassy of Senegal) 

“It’s the most Parisian cafe I’ve ever seen in Delhi!” 

—Ananya, 8 years old

Located in the historic Exchange Building, right next to Civil Lines metro station and spanning two stories, the L’Opéra Civil Lines Café-Restaurant can host up to 65 seated guests indoors and an additional 8 outdoors. It offers a full-fledged menu with soups, posh toasts, large plates, salads, burgers, pasta, pizzas and desserts with a French touch as well as a variety of beverages. Some examples of the experience include the delicate crispness of a chocolate macaron, the colorful delight of the Roasted Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Tarte, the tarragon scent of the Grilled Chicken Ciabatta Posh Toast, the spicy thrill of the Pasta Arrabbiata, and the delicate creamy luxury of our signature “Opéra” layer cake and pastry. This Café-Restaurant suits a variety of groups and dining needs, such as collecting one’s thoughts over a pastry and tea, dining with a partner or small group of friends, or even meeting with a larger group in the private dining on the mezzanine floor. With colourful flowers displayed on fabulous Louis XVI-style marble tables, vibrant photography of France displayed on the walls, large glass façades facing the busy sidewalk and the soothing strains of French music playing in the background, the outlet instantly transports you back to Paris.

L’Opéra, India’s most popular & authentic French Pâtisserie, Boulangerie, Salon de Thé (Tea Room) and Café Restaurant was granted a special place at the India Art Fair this year as the only art exhibition to feature the culinary arts as well as the only place to enjoy a meal, snack or drink within the exhibition area next to paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other works of art.

The India Art Fair features special exhibitions and events from many of the most prominent artists of the country, as well as a number of select artists from around the world. It took place from January 30th to February 2nd, 2020. L’Opéra also participated in the 2019 Art Fair, but this year’s Art Café was even larger and more beautiful, with seating for up to 40 guests, colorful flowers displayed on fabulous Louis XVI-style marble tables, vibrant photography of Paris displayed on classical wall panels, and a 10-foot tall white model of the Eiffel Tower loaned to L’Opéra from the French Institute and facilitated by the French Embassy itself.

Designer Paul Mathieu from France, visiting Delhi in order to attend the Art Fair enjoyed a Sandwich and remarked on the authenticity of the L’Opéra installation and its Salon de Thé menu. He favorably compared them to the style he was used to back home, calling it “a ‘Paris moment’ just like cafés of France”.

L’Opéra Executive Chairman Kazem Samandari explained how the L’Opéra Art Café fits into the larger picture of the Art Fair, not merely as a place to enjoy a meal, treat or drink within the exhibition area, but as an art exhibition in its own right: “Culinary art, in the French view, is perceived not only as an experience for your tastebuds and palette, but a complex harmony of delights for eyes, ears and palette. This Art Café represents a total immersive experience: a holistic combination of the visual arts, in terms of the authentic French ambience, as well as a contribution to the sense of taste that only the culinary arts can offer.”

The L’Opéra culinary exhibition received an abundance of guests, and was often filled to overflowing throughout the day. Mr. Samandari himself enthusiastically engaged with customers during the India Art Fair. Also among the guests were a number of recognizable names, such as actress Sonam Kapoor, and Ambassadors from various countries, such as Brazil, South Korea, and Canada.