A slice of history

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A slice of history

Fraser Town is home to many eateries with a history. One such place that has a rich culinary heritage is the evergreen ‘Albert Bakery’. Nestled on Mosque Road, the bakery has been an important slice of the history of the City and many Bengalureans have fond memories of it. Open from 3 pm to 9 pm, it is the ideal place for freshly baked delights.

Completing 113 years in the City, Albert Bakery is one of the oldest bakeries in town. Mohammad Sabir Faizan, the son of the bakery’s proprietor Nawab Jan, says, “There’s a misconception that this bakery was left behind by a Britisher. It was actually my grandfather who started it from scratch on Kamaraj Road and later in 1921, we moved to Mosque Road. It has been passed down for three generations and the journey has been great so far.”

Known to offer an array of goodies, Sabir says that they had only about three or four items, such as rusk, bread cakes, bread and salt butter biscuit, on the menu when they first started. But now, they are also popular for their ‘mutton minced samosa’, ‘Malia cutlet’, ‘Kalmi kebab’ and puffs. Even though they open only by 3 pm, the bakers come early in the morning to make a fresh batch of sweets and savouries for the day. Sabir adds, “We don’t use anything from the previous day. We make everything fresh and that’s also one of the reasons why people like to come back to us.”

They are also famous for adding new items to their menu during festive season. Even though traditional plum cakes are made with rum, ‘Albert Bakery’ makes them without alcohol and these are popular among many in the City. Their ‘Hot cross buns’ for Good Friday, and ‘Mutton brain puff’ and ‘Egg pudding’ are some of the other crowd-pullers.

When asked about the unique name of the eatery, he says, “There was a lot of racism during the British Rule. We didn’t want to be discriminated against just because we are a Muslim family, so we thought we’d avoid any unwanted controversy and named it ‘Albert Bakery’.”

But religion has never stopped any Bengalurean from enjoying the great food served by this bakery and the place has surely stood the test of time.

     People of all age groups return to savour the delicious goodies offered by the bakery. “I’ve often heard my father say how they used to buy bread for just 25 paise! The value may make us laugh now but it shows how hard one had to work those days to earn a livelihood. We’ve seen people struggle to rise and still bring their kids and grandkids to the bakery. They keep coming back for the ‘Coconut naan’, ‘Cocktail samosa’, ‘Butter biscuits’, ‘Coconut cherry cookies’ and the ‘Mutton kheema naan’,” Sabir says.

Some of their other daily specials are ‘Chocolate lava cake’, ‘Chicken Swiss and mayo rolls’, ‘Chocolate croissants’, doughnuts and pizzas. “We’ve been following the same recipe from the beginning and are also proud to say that we don’t use any artificial ingredients to enhance the flavour. It has been worked for us all these decades and we hope to continue doing the same,” he says.

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