Ten-Second Takeaway

More than a century old, American Express Bakery on Hill Road has now undergone a makeover and we decided to visit to see it in its brand new avatar.

What Is It?

Started in 1908 by the Carvalho family, the bakery is a famous landmark for Bandra residents and otherwise. Part of the holy trinity of bakeries {Hearsch, A1 and American Express} on the Sassy Spoon crossing, it hasn’t undergone a major change since its inception.

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This is the first time that the bakery decided to go all out and now sports colourful murals on the outside that are bound to catch your attention, even from a distance. Conceptualised and executed by Bubbles Design, the idea was to give the bakery a modern look while retaining the old world charm. The seating space will increase with stools coming in.

The prices for the regular menu remain the same with a prawn pattice and cheese croissant available at INR 40, mutton pattice at INR 35 and garlic bread available at INR 28. For those of you who miss the old-worldly charm of the place, there’s not much to worry about. There’s just a change of setting {which gives you ample space to move around} and there are fairy lights. The menu has some new items though. There’s a whole wheat sandwich with meat loaf, egg and kale, caramelised onion lavash, peral millet and garlic roast chicken crostini to be hogged on. They’re also putting out an elaborate Christmas menu that has plum pudding, guava cheese and fruit mince pies, chocolate hazelnut babka (INR 70) and kidney pie {INR 80}, stollen bread with marzipan and dundee cake.

So We’re Saying…

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American Express will always be that go-to spot for quick snack or a cute date. Renovated or not, the food still remains the same so we’re not really picking sides here.

Photos: Nupur Prasad/LBB