Fort is a seemingly endless labyrinth of old buildings, quiet lanes and dildo salesmen. None of those things, however, are nearly as fun as secret brownie shops. Luckily, Fort has one of those too. Sleight Of Hand operates behind a tiny counter inside a nondescript antique furniture store opposite the Cathedral & John Connon School for Rich Kids from Peddar Road.
This place is slightly hard to find, but if you’re familiar with the area and are adept at using Google maps, it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Once you do find it, you walk into something that seems too fancy to be the right place. This is how you know you’re there. Amidst the jade statuettes and old wooden cabinets is a tiny counter, behind which are some of the best brownies we’ve tasted.
Their varieties of brownies are almost endless, from chocolate to nuts, and even fruit filled flavours. If you’re a vegetarian and don’t eat egg, they have eggless brownies too, although if you’re a vegetarian you should just stop eating altogether; what’s the point. The DarkSide (Rs. 120) and Hazelnut (Rs. 120) were our favourites. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try their fruit flavours too, like the Lemon Curd (Rs. 105) or the Rum & Raisin (Rs. 120).
Although they’re slightly more expensive than they should be, the brownies here are great. They can stand their own against any other of the greats, like Theobroma or Country Of Origin. They even passed our proprietary brownie test, wherein we cram as many brownies we can down our throats while blasting ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me‘ by Def Leppard and pass out from a sugar-induced coma (no one has failed the test so far).
Don’t forget to yell at a JB Petit student on your way out about how back in our day, brownies only cost 50 paise.