Over 15 years ago, the only place to get a good meaty burger was at this little hole-in-the-wall in Bandra. The initial knowledge that the place shared a wall with a hospital gave me the creeps but one step into Hearsch Bakery and the aromas ensured that any lingering doubts I had wafted right out of my over-imaginative mind.
The options were simple: chicken, mutton or vegetarian. The seating arrangement provided even less options—you had to sit out on the baker’s patio, on any piece of rock, brick or grassy patch you could find.
After that arrived the McDonalds of the world a little way away from the bakery, which all but ruined burgers for me. There were no real hamburgers (the city has a real beef with beef!), the fish fillet one shrunk in sizes by the minute, and seriously a potato or paneer filling just doesn’t cut it for me.
I continued to trek to Hearsch for my burger fix. But then, a few years ago, the bakery found a new neighbour (on its other side). One that makes you feel like you’re sitting in yet another patio—a fancier one, perhaps at an European B&B on a summer afternoon—waiting for a burger to be served.
The Sassy Spoon’s menu features over eight burgers on its ‘day’s specials’— perhaps the longest list among its kind—which means there’s a new one to try every single day.
During my many visits, the kidney bean and the cheese and green peppers burgers caught my sight. Though on my last visit, it was an intriguing raw mango and grilled chicken burger that helped me let go of Hearsch Bakery’s exoticism and allow The Sassy Spoon to take its place.
How to Get There:
Where: The Sassy Spoon, Classic Corner Building, Next to Holy Family Hospital, Hill Road, Bandra West.
Contact: 022 61054556
Timings: Monday to Saturday 12 Noon to 10:45 PM | Sunday 9 am to 10:45 pm
Cost for 2: ₹1,800 for two people