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The Goan Carvalhos of American Express Bakery have been “kneading your needs”, as the signage says, for four generations. The bakery, a pre-Independence era warehouse in Byculla, thrums today with modern machinery and the innovativeness that comes from the current generation’s food tech education. But I imagine it smells exactly like it always has – of bread, slowly rising in the ovens, glazes turning golden, warm aromas, savoury and sweet.
While they have a beautiful old-world café in not-so-nice-anymore Byculla, their little store in Bandra has a new Nescafé machine and a bench with a view of Hill Road. Have a roast mutton sandwich, or a chicken puff or a bun. If you’re very lucky, the grand-dame Mrs. Lilia Carvalho will be behind the counter and may ask you how your day has been. You’ll feel better immediately.