Khodayar Bakery was started in 2001 by Danesh Khodayar at Sharbatwala Chowk in Camp (opposite Cafe Yezdan). Danesh had been trained in the bakery arts since the mid-80s, and was a partner at Kayani Bakery until the ’95, before he went to England to pursue a career in cricket.
After a couple of rough sporting-related injuries that kept him out of the game, he returned to Pune and decided to open his own bakery – thereby continuing the family legacy. His source of inspiration comes from his grandfather, who (he tells us) always said, “knowledge always has to be parted with”; a noble sentiment that Danesh embodies through his staff of expert bakers.
Khodayar Bakery recently shifted to a new location near Golibar Maidan – Minoo Manzil – which can be mapped on Google. Their inconspicuous shopfront barely hints at the quirky charm that lies within – displayed in the form of hand-written notices, posters, old wooden cupboards, a hand-painted menu board, an ad for a Parsi tiffin service, family photos, and a framed picture of Zarathustra (the Zoroastrian prophet).
We were allowed inside their bakery workshop, which is as well-organised and clean as can be expected. Everything on the menu is baked super fresh to-order, and you can certainly tell by the taste. Their oh-so-buttery biscuits just melt on your tongue – and we recommend you order their Shrewsbury (INR 360/kg), ‘maska-butter’ batasis (INR 320/kg), savoury cheese papri (INR 320/kg), khari biscuits (INR 280/kg), Brazil-nut biscuits (INR 440/kg), and mawa cakes (INR 20 for large, INR 10 for small).