Even if you didn’t study in some South Mumbai college, it is quite likely that you know the popular Irani cafés around Marine Lines and Colaba. From Yazdani to Merwans, one of the reasons people keep coming back to these haunts is the sense of culinary history and pride that they serve up along with plates of great food. Here are five restaurants in Mumbai that have been serving tried and tested lip smacking culinary formulas for decades, some for over a century!
Kyani & Co, Opposite Metro Cinema, Marine Lines
Open since 1904, this is one of the oldest Iranian cafes in the city. Offering delicious and authentic Parsi food, this restaurant remains one of the favourite hangout joint for city patrons. Kyani & Co have maintained their legacy ambience and decor to keep the Iranian charm alive for over a century. The Irani Chai with khari here will make your day. You should also try the Chicken Puff, Kheema Pav, Caramel Custard and Mawa Cake because you deserve all the good things in life.
Mahesh Lunch Home, Fort
Mahesh Lunch home was the first to put spicy Mangalorean cuisine on the culinary map of Mumbai. Famous for fresh seafood delicacies cooked with traditional recipes, the coastal food at this restaurant is one of the best in Mumbai. The restaurant opened doors in early 70s and grown into a successful chain of seafood speciality restaurants by the turn of the century. Seafood lovers vouch for the Butter Garlic Crab served here!
B Bhagat Tarachand, Zaveri Bazaar, Marine Lines
Experience a 115 year old tradition when you visit any of the famous Bhagat Tarachand spread across the city. A tradition that started in 1895, Mr. Tarachand earned the title ‘Bhagat’ while serving simple and tasty 100% vegetarian delicacies in his small eatery. Plating up authentic tastes of Sindh, Punjab and Gujrat this restaurant is heaven for all vegetarian food lovers. Do not forget to taste the best chaas (butter milk) you have ever had!
Britannia & Company, Ballard Estate, Fort
Home to the legendary Berry Pulav and many other mouthwatering Parsi delicacies, Britannia & Co has become one of the city’s most loved restaurants ever since it opened in 1923 to serve the British officers in the Fort are. You must taste the elaichi-laden Irani chai and delicious bun maska. Also try Veg Dhansak, Mutton/Chicken Berry Pulav and Sali Boti.
Leopold Café & Bar, Causeway, Colaba
Established in 1871, Leopold Café is easily one of Mumbai’s oldest restaurants. Leo’s featured in the central plot of the 2003 cult novel Shantaram, and is now a well-known tourist destination. Enjoy Prawn Chillies, Chicken Stroganoff, and Leopold Special Veg Pasta with the famous beer tower.
How to Get There:
Kyani & Co
Where: JSS Road, Jer Mahal Estate, Opposite Metro Cinema, Marine Lines, Mumbai
Contact: 022 30150864
Timings: Mon to Sat – 7 AM to 8:45 PM | Sunday – 7 AM to 6:30 PM
Cost: ₹300 for two people
Mahesh Lunch Home
Where: Juhu | Sakinaka | Thane West | Vashi | Fort
Cost: ₹1,800 for two people
B Bhagat Tarachand
Where: Marin Lines | Mumbai CST | Vashi | Thane West | Malad West
Cost: ₹500 – 700 for two people
Britannia & Co
Where: Wakefield House, 11 Sprott Road, 16 Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai
Contact: 022 22615264, 022 30225264
Timings: Mon to Sat – 11:30 AM to 4 PM | Sunday Closed.
Cost: ₹1,200 for two people
Leopold Café & Bar
Where: S.B. Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Colaba, Mumbai
Contact: 022 22828185
Timings: All Days 7:30 AM to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹1,600 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)