Once you reach MG Road East Street Old Town, Pune, you won’t need any directions to locate the Kayani Bakery; the smell of early morning freshly baked breads and cakes will guide you to this old British era building housing this legendary Irani establishment. Legend has it that if you visit this place 15 minutes after opening time (7:30 am), chances are you won’t find some of the most famous delicacies on offer here. I dismissed this as a myth and reached the bakery at 7:45 am on a Saturday morning. Well, needless to say, now I believe in the legend.
Kayani Bakery was started by Khodayar, Hormazdiar and Noshir Kayani in 1955. They had emigrated from Iran before 1947, along with a group of people, many of whom settled in Pune and began the business of bakeries. The first thing that caught my eyes after reaching the place was the crowd coming out; each carrying huge bags brimming with bakery products. I went out and double checked if I was at the right place or had mistakenly entered a grocery store. I was at the right place. I entered the dimly lit bakery and immediately, I am sent almost a century back. Dark wood paneled doors welcome you as bright rays of the early morning sun dance through the tall windows. The owner of the bakery sits right at the back on a wooden chair, manually writing bills and filling them up in their records. Chefs bustle about in the kitchen and batch after batch of hot freshly baked breads and cakes keep rolling out. The service outside was prompt, so it is always better to be prepared with your order.
After consulting a few regulars there, I found out that the must order products there were the famous Shrewsbury, Tangy Orange and Blueberry Brazilian nut Cookies, and the Rum, Chocolate-Walnut and Mawa Cakes. Given the 15 minutes delay in my arrival, I managed to buy only the Chocolate-Walnut and the Mawa Cakes. These surprisingly affordable cakes were worth every bit of praise they have received over the years.
Of course, if you are looking for a glamorous and fancy bakery experience, this is not the place to go to. Visit this place if you want a change from your hectic daily computer infected busy lives. Soak yourself in the simple, charming, and laid back atmosphere here. Enjoy the routine of chatting up with the old parsi couples who visit this place religiously. Maybe look around the locality and explore the magical early morning old Pune town. And while you are lazily exploring the surroundings, the legend continues.