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Well Bread: Mumbai’s Best Breads and Where to Find Them

10 Jun , 2016  

There are a few things as pleasing in its simplicity as a freshly baked loaf of bread. From its fragrance to its taste, good bread can turn the drabbest meals around, create a morning person out of a grump, and make or break a sandwich. So if you’re looking for a bakery to buy your daily bread from, or want something special for a party or treat, here’s where you need to be headed:

 

Yazdani Bakery, Fort
Mumbai’s legendary Yazdani Bakery is the perfect place to stop by for bun-maska-chai, a chat, and the aroma of freshly baked goodies throughout the day. But what we love most about it is their delicious selection of breads. While their brun is crusty and delicious and their laadi pav soft and irresistible, there is plenty more on offer at this Irani bakery. Try their six grain bread, cheese and garlic buns, whole wheat bread, and the olive rosemary bread among others.

Photo credit Anindya Banerjee

Photo credit Anindya Banerjee

 

The American Express Bakery, Bandra and Byculla
Another institution known for its infallible baked goods, American Express Bakery has been feeding the city’s hungry denizens for over a century now. Stop by for a mutton sandwich or the best quiches in town, and leave with your bag full of breads – from their soft as sin dinner rolls to their weekly offerings (Wednesdays and Saturdays see their shelves stocked with sun-dried tomato and basil bread, a favourite among regulars).

(Photo credit: Kalyan Karmakar)

(Photo credit: Kalyan Karmakar)

 

City Bakery, Worli
Another golden oldie, City Bakery is thronged with customers from the time they open (5am!) till they shut shop at 11pm, and for good reason. Their crusty brun and soft pavs (available in a range of sizes) are delicious, as is their multigrain loaf, croissants and brown poli.

(Photo credit: uppercrustindia.com)

(Photo credit: uppercrustindia.com)

 

The Baker’s Dozen, multiple outlets
For all your everyday and artisanal bread needs, TBD is the place to go. Try the four-grain bread, focaccia, sinful brioche and various sourdough options (including the berry-studded pain au levain). They’re also one of the few places in the city that bakes a mean Challah (traditional Jewish bread).Fine Dine Love

 

Theobroma, multiple outlets
Among Theobroma’s lovely fresh baked breads is the Parsi chutney bread – a sweetish bread with swirls of Parsi-style green chutney in it. This one’s good enough to eat on its own, though adding a little melted cheese or fresh slices of cucumber and tomatoes doesn’t hurt either!

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The Rustic Fig and Walnut miche

 

Bonne Bakery (previously Pain Du Jour), Andheri
It’s only the very best ingredients for home baker Neha Mahendra’s breads, including homemade butter, whey water, fresh yeast, organic honey, and artisanal cheeses. There’s a host of traditional international breads like baguettes and ciabatta to try here, but we say go for the innovative options including blue cheese and walnut, bacon and honey mustard, brie and paprika, and spiced Moroccan breads.

Walnut Bread

Walnut Bread

 

Bread Studio, Vile Parle
Krishni Shroff’s Bread Studio is another bakery that places emphasis on ingredients as she works with Indian millets such as ragi and bajra to bake many of her breads. Try any and all, but don’t miss the incredibly textured, soft potato bread that’s more potato than flour, and flavoured with garlic and parsley.

Potato bread

Potato bread

 

The Rolling Pin, Lower Parel
With an exhaustive list of freshly baked breads and bagels for sale, The Rolling Pin is every carb-lover’s paradise. This bakery gets bonus points for variety and for being vegetarian and Jain friendly.

Garlic bread with hot cheese

Garlic bread with hot cheese

 

Le Pain Quotidien, multiple outlets
What better place to break bread than at the community tables at any one of LPQ’s charming outlets? If you’re feeling particularly unsociable, however, pick up a load of their rye bread or a baguette and enjoy it in solitary comfort.Fine Dine Love

 

Gaylord, Churchgate
The bakery at this old Mumbai restaurant churns out delicious and affordable snacks to countless patrons, while regulars in the area swear by the fresh breads sold here. Don’t miss the multigrain bread rolls.

(Photo credit: Vidita Kamat)

(Photo credit: Vidita Kamat)

 

Special mentions
The Busa bread from Willingdon Sports Club (members have to call in advance to book it), the house bread at JW Marriott, Sahar’s Romano’s (filled with cheese, olives, and mashed potatoes!), the buttery multi-grain feuillante at The Leela, Sahar (which looks like a puff pastry when baked), The Bombay Canteen’s Tingmo (steamed Tibetan bread slathered with red chilli and garlic masala), bagels at The Bagel Shop, croissants at Suzette, and the complimentary bread baskets at Indigo Deli and Smoke House Deli.

Croissant at Suzette - (Photo credit: The Bombay Glutton)

Croissant at Suzette – (Photo credit: The Bombay Glutton)

 

Have we forgotten any of your favourite breads in the city? Let us know in the comments below!


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Freyan Patel is a Mumbai-based freelance writer who nourishes her fixation with good grammar by writing high school-level English textbooks by day and fretting over typos in tweets by night. She also indulges her unhealthy obsession with food by eating, dreaming of, and occasionally writing about it in her free time. She likes funny people, reality TV, words that are fun to say, pina coladas (but isn't too keen on getting caught in the rain), and anyone who gets her references to corny retro songs.

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