Three years after the terrorist attack,German Bakery reopens with over 40 new dishes but still manages to retain its charm.
A noticeable cacophony of foreigners taking in the air,with the locals and students chirping,is certainly amiss. Re-done with graffiti and orange-coloured garden umbrellas,the re-opened German Bakery is still located in the same place where the terrorist attack took place in February 2010,but in a strange way,one gets adjusted to the new look. Metal detectors,security guards and over enthusiastic patrons waiting for tables to be freed,is what the new Deutsche Backerei looks like.
At its heart though,the familiar counter from where a variety of breads were retailed,the open kitchen and the cane bamboo fencing are still around to remind patrons of the bakerys soul. While some are first timers,for the rest,especially foreigners,it is just the reopening hype which attracted them to the place. The seating space,however,is constrained with a capacity of 60. Vijay Shewale,the new owner,says that the look of the ground floor has a marked Greek cafe influence to it,with the potted palms,orange umbrellas,wooden tables and benches. There are plans for the first floor too. A fine dining section,perhaps. But right now the influx of customers thronging the new place is heavy. We have to get used to life coming back to normal after a three year hiatus, he says.
Priced a little on the higher side,the menu has 40 new items in addition to the old ones. The Rs 15-25 dishes,namely their teas,bun maska and omelettes have been replaced by burgers,specialty omelettes,pastas and pizzas,all in the price range of Rs 90-Rs 300. The menu boasts of German sausage-laden omelets and ice teas as well,to add a refreshing zing for the summers.
People don’t mind sharing tables and the camaraderie is instantly visible. We noticed customers exchanging a polite hello,breaking the ice and either reminiscing about the old place or admiring the new interiors. However,hardcore old-timers have an understandable bias against the new look. It says German Bakery,but perhaps it is only the soul of the place that still lives here. This new look is very nice,but it is not what GB used to be up until three years back, says Gautam Shah,a college student.