The fact that one can still walk into Wenger's and find their favourite muffins and shami kebabs in place is a marker of the bakery’s unbeaten fame for consistency and quality. Since Delhi is the country's capital, several pre-independence eateries are still in operation today, and the star of the world of confectionaries has to be this bakery.
The aroma of freshly baked pies, tarts, muffins, and cakes fills the air and lingers for anyone passing by the A block of Connaught Place. Today, this central hub of the city is brimming with several newer confectionaries and bakeries, but the old-world charm of Wenger's continues to draw patrons from different parts of Delhi and overseas visitors too. Since its inception in 1926, there has never been a day or time when this bakery did not have a large crowd of customers.
Oh, yes, you read that right. The legacy of Wenger's can be traced back to the pre-independence era, when a Swiss couple with the surname Wenger laid the foundation of one of the most iconic bakeries in town. Having been one of the oldest confectionaries in the capital, the British architecture of Sir Robert Tor Russell still finds resonance in the current structure.
To keep up with the latest trends and competition in the market, Mr. Tandon believes that the introduction of "products like red velvet pastry, baguette pizzas, macrons, sourdough bread, jalapeño pepper and cheese bread, four-grain bread, ciabatta, etc." has helped them stay relevant despite new players. This also reminded us of a plush dining space that opened up a few years ago adjacent to the bakery, called Wenger's Deli. The idea behind this new setup was to provide the patrons with a diverse experience away from the hustle-bustle of people thronging in and out of the shop. What’s different at the deli, you ask? "Salads, paninis, pasta, smoothies, and shakes are available at Wenger's Deli," says Mr. Tandon, which adds to the already extensive menu at Wenger's and gives you another reason to stop by and please your hearts, minds, bellies, and souls with their delightful food.