Yazdani Bakery, Fort, Mumbai [One Brun Maska, Five People]
|Yazdani Bakery, Fort, Mumbai|
[This is Part II. Read Part I here]
I left Britannia and Co with a belly stuffed with food, I stepped out and wandered around the Ballard Estate. The area is posh to say the very least. Once meant for British officials the places now houses the best of the offices. An area so clean, green, and noise free that I could not even feel that I was still in Mumbai.
I could not way have another meal. So, I walked to the Yazdani Bakery. Even before I reached the place, I could smell that I was near. Yes, you can smell the buttery aroma from the start of the lane that houses the pagoda type building which was once a Japanese Bank and since 1953, the Yazdani Bakery. They proudly display the plaque of Urban Heritage Award for the 20th-century building given by the Indian Heritage Society Mumbai in 2007.
|Urban Heritage Award for Early 20th Century Building. It was a Japanese Bank before it became Yazdani Bakery in 1953|
I reached when the place was bustling with people. With the Christmas time around, it was even more crowded. I could not even take pictures. Oh and yes, I must say that they do not have any concept of the menu. Few of their offering and their rates are written randomly on the walls. But, it does not matter. The place is frequented by patrons who come daily after a long day in the office. I reached around 5 PM. I wanted a cake - mava, carrot, maybe even apple pie...anything. All sold out. I could not even talk with the owners as they were very busy dealing with the rush of the crowd. My friend went the very next day around 11 AM and got the cakes. She even got to talk with the owners and is mesmerized by the 'Chubby Uncle.'
|Vintage Posters: Fresh Apple Pie, Shrewsbury Biscuit|
The waiters told me to wait for the cakes but after few minutes offered me to try Bun Muska (Bun with butter) or Brun Maska (Crusted bun with a soft spongy center with Butter) as they were fresh out of the oven. I ordered Brun Maska because I have never had s brun before. I do not drink tea so, didn't ordered that. But, without tea, eating a Brun Maska is tough. I took the smallest piece and offered the rest to those sharing the table with me. (It has a small sitting area so, you have to share tables.) The Brun instantly got divided amount four other people. A man who got up before me decided to even paid for it (I could not stop him as he told me so after he had paid). One Brun Maska, eaten by five people who shared the same table, paid by someone who didn't even ordered it in the first place. You don't expect things like this is a big city.
|Brun Maska at Yazdani Bakery: Round crusted bun with a soft sponge-like center, slit in the middle and slathered with Amul Butter|
With a belly full of fabulous food and a heart full of more exceptional memories, I left Fort.
Later, I got stuck in traffic for 2.5 hours to reach Andheri which tells us why most people do not like to go there ( I should have taken the train but stupidity got the better of me and I booked an Uber). Bur, I will go because there is still so much to explore there. Suggestions are welcome.