The City Story aims to enrich the experiences and interaction between people and cities.
Like the confusing “hot dog” (a dinner roll stuffed with curried mince), the traditional “mac snacks” of Bandra – the potato chop, pan roll, puff and “pattice” – usually consist of a spiced filling of meat or vegetables encased in some form of bread, crumbed potato, crepe or puff pastry.
There are those willing to debate this, but as far as we know, J Hearsch brought unprecedented innovation to this tradition in the early nineties with the invention of the “Chili Chicken Croissant”. Today, it is ubiquitous around the suburb, often accompanied by a spicy, red pariah of a dip they’ll call “Schezwan Sauce”.
J Hearsch is named after a German baker who sold his bakery to a young Goan woman in the 1920s shortly after WW1. Today it is run by the D’sa family. The old trees and ramshackle compound, very much a “quaint Bandra” throwback, are actually a great example of a very unfortunate present-day Bandra conundrum – a court “stay order”, a legal impasse over a property dispute.