When Great Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, the German baker J. Hersch who was the owner of this bakery decided to lease out his bakery to a Colaba lady Sophia Liberata Fernandes in the 1920s who was previously running Connaught Bakery on Colaba Causeway. The Hearsch bakery is now being run by Melvin D’Sa (although the proprietorship remains with the Fernandes) whose father took over the bakery in the 1960s with the support of the Fernandes family.
J Hearsch bakery's ambience has a retro heritage look, the food is well managed and clean. The bakery starts at 7 am and it's very popular amongst the locals. The entire staff is fast, busy and well organized. There is a coupon system here, so you stand in a queue, pay for your meals and you will be given a coupon. Wait for your order and your coupon number will be called out by the staff. Most people enjoy eating these snacks on the rocky ground outside the bakery.
There are no seating arrangements so either you can take the support of your bikes or just use one of the stones to sit under the tree and finish your meal. Another interesting thing about this bakery is that there are absolutely no signboards around and you cannot easily locate this bakery from a moving vehicle because this bakery is inside a bungalow surrounded by walls. Honestly, the bakery doesn't even need signboards because it's very famous and any local will be very happy to guide you in the bakery's direction.
The bakery attracts youngsters, local bandmates and people of all age groups that's why the bakery is always busy. The staff is constantly preparing delicious fresh food in batches and placing them on the counter and even the neighbourhood cats are regular visitors here.
Though there are a whole variety of items you can try here but this is what I tried at Hearsch and are my all-time favourite:
1. Veg Burger
2. Veg Roll
3. Veg Puff
4. Veg Patties
5. Spring Roll
6. Chicken Chilli Croissant
4. Veg Schezwan Noodles
All the food items served here are of great quality, quantity and packaged with flavours.
Place: J. Hearsch
USP: Heritage Bakery
Price: Very Economical
Seating: Not Available
Wheelchair accessible entrance: Available but the rocky ground.
Staff: Busy and very focused.
Parking: Available for 2 wheelers
Overall Value for money 5*/5