17 Reviews / 16 Ratings
I have been a fan of this place since a long time, actually I have borrowed that love from my father and this is one excellent place serving delicious bread, mawa cakes which are my favorites any time, apple pie which is better than I have had anywhere and a full gamut of amazing cookies which I keep picking up for my family . Everything is reasonably priced too. And it is heaven for a true blue vegetarian like me!
This vintage Iranian style bakery serves handmade bread and bakery products. Delightful chai and heavily buttered brun maska. There are also some favorities like the banana pie, oatmeal-raisin cookies, ginger biscuits and the forever yumm mawa cakes.
The co-owner/ cashier told me that the name Yazdani originates from the town of Yazd, which is the capital of the Yazd Province in Iran, and a hub of Iranian culture.
Go there to enjoy a nice old worldly bakery feel alongwith piping hot chai and freshly baked bread.
Yes- dani !
Discovering new eating joints is great fun. But Yazdani is around from some 100 years !
After shopping and checking with some websites, landed there around 5.30 and the staff was already checking out the ladi pav and brun.
They run out of stuff pretty fast, town being a commercial area and have a mixed clientele comprising of stock brokers and lawyers etc.
Ordered the brun maska and it was heavenly, size of a quarter plate and with Amul butter , You need to have luck on you side to get it !
Mushroom pie is ok, regular tea not as per my taste.Apple pie heavily loaded on cinnamon is an acquired taste.
Took away the golden sponge cake it was awesome and reasonably priced .
Next time, will go for the cookies and sponge cake for sure. Sundays closed .
(They have limited stock so reach before 6 pm. )
Where time stands still
Drive down from Chembur on a Saturday morning (The Eastern Freeway now makes it much easier), park near Horniman Circle and meander into the side lanes of Fort to be greeted by the Pagoda roof like entrance of Yazdani. Say hi to the genial old owner, smile at the waiter in a bush shirt and order the brun maska and chai. Midway through the meal order one more brun and one more chai. That is a ritual for many years and one that will be hard to change. On the way back pick up some of their khari's and a little known secret, the pizza bread (all available very very cheap). No kheema, no eggs, this is a bakery not a restaurant but it will satiate both your hunger and taste buds. Hat tip: Bun is the soft bread while Brun has a tougher exterior with a soft interior. Liking for a particular type is an acquired taste. By the way, brun was invented so that old parsy ladies with less teeth would get the pleasure of biting into something substantial without appearing sissy.
Bombay's only veg Irani cafe
The little hole in the wall joint serves up delicious bun maska, mawa cakes and khari biscuits with chai. Their apple pie is a large, warm, enclosed puff with raisins and spice and molten apple. Not authentic, but so delicious... They also make an interesting mushroom puff, as well as delicious dark brown ginger biscuits, and oat and raisin drops that you can parcel for your evening chai. I love their multigrain loaf, as well as the foccacia bread, drizzled with olive and herb, the softest bread I've ever eaten. The food is very cheap (the biscuits and breads are a bit more pricey) and do carry change, since the Irani owner prefers if you do.
Apple Pie:melts in the mouth
So for someone like me who grew up reading Enid Blyton books where the kids were forever relishing their apple pie during tea time...I grew to crave it. But the 5-6 times that I tried an Apple pie at different bakeries across the length & breadth of india, including Bombay-I was utterly disappointed. Actually, disappointed would be a understatement.
I started hating the Apple pie & couldn't understand what the fuss was all about.
Till I decided to give the apple pie 1 last shot at Yazdani since they didnt have their golden sponge cake that day.
My god! I literally ate up my words about apple pie being repulsive. Infact, 2 people can share 1 apple pie. Its cut in 4 pieces and it is heavenly. What with raisins and a slight whiff of cinnamon. Who would have thought that mashed apples can taste so brilliant!
Heaven for bakery lovers
The Yazdani bakery is a must visit place for all the bakery lovers. The old crumbled look of the place with even older furniture gives a very unique aura to place. The food is simply great. On some lucky days, bruns are just out of the oven and coupled with tea, you get to treat yourself with something out of this world. Mawa cakes, veg puffs, mushroom puffs, khari, buns, breads, apple pies..... everything about this place is simply amazing. The old parsi owner of the place is also very sweet and commands great respect from all.
Best bread in town
The last of the old-fashioned bakeries! Dingy, rundown and busy, this place does a variety of loaf-breads including seven-grain, olive bread etc as well as "pau", and some exotic things like spicy hot apple pie (small individual-serving pies with cinammon, cloves, raisins... just perfect for a cold day). It's in a lane off Flora Fountain, worth the effort to find it and on occasion, just sit there to sample the tea with "brun-maska". My strongest recommendation is for the "multi-grain" bread, buy many loaves and stock them in your freezer. It is precious stuff.
if you just want to take a feel of an old traditional cafe without bothering yourself about the food,go to this place.Amazingly large bread loafs is what you will notice first and then probably the pictures of the german weightlifters on the wall.As many have already said brun maska with butter dropping down from the corners is a speciality.Have it with the chai and you will not look for heaven elsewhere.Want to buy something delicious for your family as a souvenir?? ginger cookies will be the answer.and if you are really lucky you will definitely find the cricket enthusiasts on the road beside Central bank.That will certainly make your day.
quaint and lovely
Just so quaint, chanced upon it while doing one of those town walks with a tourist friend.... had chai and brun maska... dint get charged for it coz my friend looks like abrahamovich the chelsea owner... wat fun and it was raining that day.... was already stuffed from lunch so just soaked up the ambience acted cute and left... will go back for the just mentioned apple pie...
Also try: Apple pie!
i'm surprised none of the other reviewers mentioned this :) there was an article in TOI about 4-5 (or more?) years ago by Vikram Doctor, talking about the wonderful apple pie at this place... naturally, i just HAD to try... it truly is amazing! its a little different from the traditional american apple pie available at most places: this one is smallish, it resembles a tart with pastry-dough on top too; and is stuffed with apples, raisins, cinnamon and sugar... its best to have them fresh out of the oven around 3 or 4pm (they taste best on the day they're baked)... i simply adore it :)
Of course, nothing beats sipping chai with either brun pav or regular pav (also warm out of the oven if you're lucky!) slathered with ridiculous quantities of butter :)
Chai n brun-maska over conversation
Between 1980 and 1985 when I was working in the Fort area I might have passed umpteen no of times by an old structure that barely catch your eyes. The oldness or dirtiness that I might have thougth then never made to peep in to what I found as a gem latere.In the early 2000 while attending a camp on a Sunday in South Mumbai that we were served some fabulous ginger biscuits, german bread which made me wow! A search on the same day led us to this place, a place which for 5 long years avoided to cast a peep. I was happy to have found a treasure trove in to it.
Since then I have visited this place many times on my visit to Mumbai downtown and have fisted on it's chai-bun maska,khari and have not forgotten to take back home patties, mawa cakes, shrubbery biscuits, apple pie, ginger biscuits. Basically all products are class-A.
Here you will also find that younger co-owners manning the cash drawer are ready to discuss anything with you. You see that in such a small set-up you are at a close distance to a man on a galla (cash counter) and as in the olden days you can strike a discussion with them....about anything...weather,politics,happenings, or even technical subject.
They are some smart chaps...my experience with them has taught me that they are modern bunch of people...enjoying life to the fullest... intermittently going for basketball game at nearby YWCA,Colaba or giving presentation about Ham Radio in some school or college or yet attending meeting with civic authorities about Disaster Management preparedness or actually rendering their communication & other services during natural calamities.. This bakery had supplied breads to them during 26/7 deluge.So when you go there engage them in some talk and you will have a memorable experience.
Warning- if you find an old Parsi/Irani bawa please avoid flexing your conservation much .....it seems that he is getting irritated by such traits of his younger generation.....
The bakery, for it's old structure, was felicitated by former Maharashtra governor SM Krishna the Urban Heritage & Citizens Award.
But don't get honky-donkey...for an exciting experience of having a chai and bun/brun maska over conversation do visit Yazdani Bakery.
ding dong - the clocks stopped
Nestled in a by-lane of the ever-so-busy Fort-Fountain area of Mumbai, Yazdani bakery deserves more than a fair share of history, purely for having managed to be unfazed by the progressive attitude of the city.
Unbridled in its retro-outlook complete with unkempt waiters in the quintessential vest and lungi, the care-free owner at the cash register, breads piled low and high around the interiors, it speaks volumes of an era bygone long long ago, when mumbai was bombay, when suzuki had not yet made an appearance, when the Indian flag was restricted from fluttering, and many such elemental moments.
Absolutely non-descript in its setting, it obviates all reservations once you settle down for the bare minimum cutting chai and brun maska (Rs. 12/-); a hot pervious bread when laden with the in-house butter which trickles through the pores of the soft inner layer of the bread and complete with the toasty outer layer of the brun is simply a superior generic of the classic toast-butter. I fall short of descriptive words to describe the brun-maska as it becomes the absolute must-have at Yazdani.
It doles out breads which include a self-proclaimed 'le state of the art' East German whole wheat multi grain bread (Rs. 40/- for a pre-cut loaf), olive baguette encrusted with olives (Rs. 20/-), sundried-tomato baguette encrusted with sundried tomatoes (Rs. 20/-), and the other bakery works - the toast, the ginger biscuits, the amul schrewsberry biscuits, fresh mushroom puffs (Rs. 12/-), fresh mawa puffs for those who care a damn about calories (Rs. 15/-) and so on and so forth.
What they have also retained apart from the old world costs is the old world hospitality, whereby, it becomes the prompt duty of the waiter to efficiently carry on with the serving task whilst multitasking the other bread-making activity.
I believe they use the wood-fire oven, for you can certainly mark that flavour departed from the oven and into the bread.
A definite laudable and successful attempt towards stopping the clockwork and making the mumbai man pause just enough to appreciate the era left behind.
Keeping it simple
Simple food has it's own charm and so does does this place. It's high ceiling and slooping roof add to the old world charm and the bun maska with irani chai combination just elate the experience to a whole new level. Go there when you have sometime to spend on your own. Haven't tried the cakes but have heard that they are delicious.
charming in its own way
This irani bakery is charming in its own way - a little rickety and worn down, but it all lends itself to the overall image. The irani chai and bun maska here are fabulous, so do not miss out on that. This is a great choice for a weekend afternoon with friends over some cake, other tempting snacks along with simple hot drinks. Although owners are pleasant, service is not there, but maybe that is to be expected.