Know your city: From a godown to a bakery. This is the journey of Albert Bakery, a 120-year-old bakery in Bengaluru
What was once a godown in Kamaraj Road which provided bread, crackers, rolls and rusks in 1902, is now a major cultural landmark in central Bengaluru. Even after 120 years, Christmas hot cross buns or mutton brains during Ramadan at Albert Bakery still thrill the taste buds of dessert and snack lovers in Bangalore.
Mohammad Sabir, who is Albert Bakery’s managing director and fourth-generation businessman, believes that “keeping it simple and affordable” is the key factor in the bakery becoming a culinary landmark known for its desserts. lip smacking.
“It was my grandfather Mohammad Suleman who started godown in 1902. However, in 1921 we moved to Frazer Town and converted godown into a bakery. We realized that bread and rolls are part of people’s daily livelihood and that is mainly the reason why we wanted to open a bakery,” said Sabir.
“Since the bakery was opened during British rule, my grandfather felt that keeping a western name would be more appropriate and popular and that’s why it was called ‘Albert’. However, it is not associated with the name of any of the British officers or officers.
His father Nawab Jan added a culinary touch by introducing a range of desserts and snacks along with new fillings and flavors. The famous khova naan – a soft and crispy filo pastry – was first introduced here at Albert Bakery and it is now available in many varieties like mutton khova, coconut khova and sweet khova.
The bakery is also famous for its other snacks like sheep brain puff, vegetable sandwich, egg pudding, chicken mayonnaise bread, mutton tandoori roll, chicken swiss roll, chicken shami kabab , banana muffin and chocolate pastries, among others.
In what appears to be an unusual practice, the bakery has followed the tradition of opening its doors to customers from 3 p.m. daily. “The mornings are closed for customers, but open for our bakers who prepare the fresh desserts of the day. We only allow our customers from 3 p.m. when everything is ready to be served fresh,” says Sabir, who also exports khova naan varieties to Saudi Arabia.
Albert Bakery is also the go-to store for people at Christmas. From hot rolls to plum cakes and roasted cookies to marzipan cakes, Sabir calls it a celebration of desserts at Christmas.
Sabir, a graduate in hotel management, says that with changing times come new decisions. “We didn’t open any points of sale for 120 years because we wanted to keep the originality. However, in the next few days, we plan to expand and plan to open a new branch of Albert Bakery in Bangalore soon which holds some surprises in its culinary spread. We won’t disclose our plans until later,” adds Sabir.