Khodayar Bakery (aka Khodayar Kayani Bakery) is a small, boutique bakery that makes the most divine biscuits and tea-cakes. Cousins of the famous Kayani Bros. on East Street, we think that the baked goods at Khodayar Bakery are far superior in both quality and taste.
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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).
They also make jira toast, sweet rusk toast, sugarless ginger/wheat biscuits, butterscotch/chocolate chip walnut biscuits, plain cakes, fruitcakes, choco-chip walnut and rich plum cakes, wholewheat cupcakes, and hot cross buns (only at Easter time). Khodayar Bakery doesn’t keep a lot of stuff for sale other than what’s pre-ordered, and they don’t retail their biscuits or cakes elsewhere. You can place your order up to 2 days before (for large orders, we recommend 3-4 days prior) by texting/calling them.
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