Heaven’s Bistro Bakery in North Austin specializes with gluten-free, halal goods

Heaven's Bistro Bakery i
Heaven's Bistro Bakery in North Austin uses internationally-sourced ingedients in its wide assortment of French pastries. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Heaven's Bistro Bakery in North Austin uses internationally-sourced ingedients in its wide assortment of French pastries. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
Heaven's Bistro Bakery serves dozens of sweet and savory pastries daily. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
Ghufrana Mahrukh opened Heaven's Bistro Bakery in summer 2019. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Before Ghufrana Mahrukh, owner and head baker at Heaven’s Bistro Bakery, opened her eatery, the pastry chef said she was having a hard time finding a bakery that satisfied her standards in the North Austin area.

“In your own place you can do anything. This is my place, and I’m doing whatever my heart desires,” Mahrukh said.


In the summer of 2019, Mahrukh and her husband opened their own shop. Heaven’s Bistro Bakery, located off West Parmer Lane, sells classic French pastries and baked goods.

“I’m doing things exactly the same way they’re doing it in Paris—using the same recipes,” Mahrukh said.

The baker has gone so far as to source high-quality ingredients from around the world, including gelatin from Germany and purees from France.



The French patisserie uses those ingredients to craft sweet and savory baked goods. Heaven’s Bistro Bakery’s top seller is Mahrukh’s tiramisu, the baker said, which is sold alongside sweet pastries such as mousse domes, almondines and rochers. Seasonal cheesecakes and Swiss rolls are frequently rotated into the bakery’s display cases.

Mahrukh also offers a full display of savory croissants, sold beside the classic French almond croissant—another one of the patisserie’s more popular items. The bakery further makes several gluten-free options, and Mahrukh has made her entire menu halal.

“We are making pastries that nobody else is making,” Mahrukh said.

Heaven’s Bistro Bakery also takes custom cake orders from customers, and the bakery can prepare baked goods for and cater weddings, birthdays and other events.

Under current pandemic conditions, the bakery is closed for dine-in service, though customers can still come in to peruse the bakery’s display cases and order takeout. When health conditions become safer, Mahrukh said she hopes to build a patio on her building’s rooftop. The baker and her husband own the Heaven’s Bistro Bakery building, which offers a rooftop view that overlooks the rolling hills of Northwest Austin.

“It’s a really beautiful way to look at Austin,” Mahrukh said.

Down the road, Mahrukh believes Heaven’s Bistro Bakery will be able to expand to other corners of Austin. For now, Mahrukh said the bakery is committed to serving its loyal customer base. For a business that was less than a year old when the coronavirus pandemic shut down dining rooms, Mahrukh said, her patisserie is now thriving.

“We are very thankful to God that we are not seeing too much of an effect on our bakery,” she said.

Heaven’s Bistro Bakery

2205 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 100, Austin

512-351-8044

www.heavensbistrobakery.com


Hours: Tue.-Sun. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.

By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


MOST RECENT

Austin ISD reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases the week of Jan. 4, but that number has decreased for two consecutive weeks, according to the district. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD sees 70% drop in on-campus students over past 2 weeks after district asks families to stay home

The district saw a 11,839-student decline in on-campus learning as AISD families opted for online learning from Jan. 12-22.

City officials are facing growing pressure to address the growing visibility of homelessness in Austin. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sanctioned homeless camp proposal gains attention from Austin leaders as pressure mounts

Mayor Steve Adler said the urgent need for shelter space and housing could overrule initial objections to sanctioned homeless encampments.

See how COVID-19 continues to impact Travis County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Despite drop in hospital admissions, Travis County adds 4,039 new COVID-19 cases over past 7 days

Overall, Travis County has reported 65,507 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Following feedback received during town hall meetings and the board's Jan. 21 meeting, the PfISD board of trustees will discuss amended proposals more in-depth at the February workshop, scheduled for Feb. 4. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Amid Pflugerville ISD growth, residents weigh in on rezoning proposals

Following feedback received during town hall meetings and the board's Jan. 21 meeting, the PfISD board of trustees will discuss amended proposals more in depth at the workshop scheduled for Feb. 4.

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Williamson County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County nears 30,000 total confirmed COVID-19 cases

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Williamson County.

Construction at Q2 Stadium is on schedule to be completed by late March or early April. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin FC will play at newly named Q2 Stadium starting this summer

Austin FC announced the naming partnership with Austin-based tech company Q2 Holdings Inc. at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 25.

The Contemporary Austin will host a virtual artist talk Feb. 3 with photographers Torbjørn Rødland and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. COURTESY SARAH SCHULTZ/CONTEMPORARY ATX
Austin Film Society presents drive-in Sundance Film Festival screenings, The Contemporary Austin hosts a virtual artist talk and more events in Austin

Austin Film Society is a satellite screen partner for the Sundance Film Festival, which normally takes place at a ski resort in Utah, but is screening films digitally and through partners around the country this year.

Here is what you need to know today about the coronavirus in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County adds 294 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths Jan. 22

Here is what you need to know today about coronavirus in Williamson County.

Hays County opened its COVID-19 vaccine portal Jan. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vaccine portal opens in Hays County; read Austin business news and more Central Texas info

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott said he will announce statewide plans to address homelessness that include camping bans. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin weekly roundup: Governor plans statewide camping ban, COVID-19 numbers flatten and more

Questions remain about the legality of the camping ban, which a local group is also hoping to get on the May 2021 ballot.

Trustee Mary Kimmins was elected to the board in 2015 and previously served as board vice president. (Community Impact staff)
Pflugerville ISD trustee Mary Kimmins will not seek re-election in May

Trustee Mary Kimmins was elected to the board in 2015 and previously served as board vice president.