VB Bakery is a nearly 60 year old Bangalore institution, churning out various breads and baked goods daily, packing in crowds of almost unimaginable size by 6pm each evening.
Their claim-to-fame was their "Congress" kadale kayi - a bun stuffed with dry-roasted peanuts flavored with turmeric, pepper and rasam powder. But choices here were legion: biscuits, puff pastries, sponge cakes with cream topping. One thing I realised was that their sponge cakes were pretty Indian-ized: dense & hyper-sweet! That was how I found the squarish honeycake, topped with a little squiggle of cream (which did nothing to temper the sweetness, of course), and the globe-shaped, icing-covered apple cake.
The triangular puff pastries filled with piped-in pink sugar-cream icing was another retro-nightmare concoction which I quite guiltily enjoyed.
The service staff of VB Bakery comprised almost entirely of grumpy old men who looked for any opportunity to throw tantrums and make their customers feel like they should be grateful and honored that they should be served at all. But I do so love historic eateries, bakeries and what-have-you - and VV Bakery harked back from a kinder, gentler time when Bangalore was a sleepy, pensioners' town, long before the stately Vidhana Soudha was built, and before the infernal auto-rickshaws menaced pedestrians crossing the streets. Come here for a taste of living culinary history.
Old Market Road (Off Sajjan Rao Circle)
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