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.