Bun maska and Irani chai – the combination makes most of us Mumbaikars nostalgic. So, let’s visit the following legendary Irani cafes in Mumbai.
Britannia & Company Restaurant
Opened in the 19th-century, Britannia and Co Restaurant is one of the greatest Parsi restaurants in Mumbai. The restaurant has a distinctive setting. You will find painting of Queen Elizabeth II and portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, flags of India, UK and Iran one beneath the other and photographs of Mumbai city taken back in 19th century. The legendary dishes that are not to be missed here are Chicken Berry Pulav, Sali Boti, Mutton Dhansak and Caramel Custard. The 98 year old owner of this place is often seen here chatting with patrons; yes it is such a sweet gesture.
Location: Wakefield House, 11 Sprott Road, 16 Ballard Estate, Opposite New Custom House, Mumbai
Phone: 022 22615264
Cost for Two: INR 1000 approximately
Cafe Irani Chaii
Cafe Irani Chaii is owned by filmmaker Mansoor Showghi Yezdi. To experience the authentic Irani cafe experience of yesteryear, this place has mirror panelled walls, checkered tablecloths, glass display of bakery items, friendly waiters and jars filled with kismi bars and phanton sweet cigarettes. Needless to say, one must try here Irani chai and bun muska. Other delectable dishes are Mutton Keema Pav, Chicken Irani, Mutton Samosa and Masala Omlette.
Location: 9, Rosary Chawl, Mangireesh CHS Ltd., MMC Road, Mahim, Mumbai
Phone: 022 22615264, 022 24455577
Cost for Two: INR 1000 approximately
Yazdani Bakery & Restaurant
Located in the bylanes of the commercial Fort, Yazdani Bakery & Restaurant takes you back in time. Opened in 1953, all the products in the bakery are handmade and baked in diesel ovens. Yazdani is famous for their bun maska because their buns are super soft and full of butter. Another thing served here that is unique and delicious is fierce ginger biscuit. So if you are around the fort area, you can’t afford to miss this beauty.
Location: Fountain Akbar Ally, Saint Thomas Cathedral, Fort, Mumbai
Phone: 022 22870739
Cost for Two: INR 200 approximately
Merwan and Company
Merwan is more than 100 year old restaurant located just outside Grand Road railway station. It opens as early as 5:30 am and serves delicious mawa cake, plum cake, bun maskas and irani chai. The service is damn quick and the place is always brimming with people.Merwan is a must visit place as it is simple, delicious, old and very cheap.
Location: Ali Bhai Remji Road, Opposite Station, Grant Road East, Grant Road, Mumbai
Phone: 022 23093321
Cost for Two: INR 100 approximately
SodaBottleOpenerWala is a fancy version of Iranian culture and Iranian food. Mumbai has two locations for SodaBottleOpenerWala – Bandra Kurla Complex and Thane West. You will get an authentic experience of a dining in a typical setup at a Parsi restaurant. The ambience and the eye catching one-liners all over the place are surely worth noticing. The must try items here are Eggs Kejriwal, Vada Pav, Salli Boti, Chicken Farcha and Chicken Berry Pulao.
Location: Ground Floor, The Capital Building, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai; Viviana Mall, Eastern Express Highway, Near Jupiter Hospital, Majiwada, Thane West, Mumbai
Phone: 022 40035678, 9930437497
Cost for Two: INR 1200 approximately
Cafe Military is another legendary Parsi food joint in Fort area. Unlike most other Irani restaurants this place serves beer. The restaurant has a rustic decor with old-fashioned wooden furniture. It is a perfect place for people craving for authentic Parsi food at pocket friendly rates. You must try here Sali Chicken, Talli Chicken, Chicken Biryani and Keema Pav
Location: Ali Chamber, Tamrind Lane, Fort, Mumbai
Phone: 022 22654181
Cost for Two: INR 250 approximately
Kyani & Co
More than 110 years old, Kyani & Co is one of the most well known among Mumbai’s Parsi cafes. The cafe has rustic tables topped with red checkered mats, wooden shelves and huge transparent jars full of biscuits and cookies. You can indulge in some delicious dishes such as Bun Maskas, Irani Chai, Keema Pav, Chicken Masala, Brownie and Chicken Keema
Location: JSS Road, Jer Mahal Estate, Opposite Metro Cinema, Marine Lines, Mumbai
Phone: 022 22011492, 9969517760
Cost for Two: INR 300 approximately
Contributed by Lekhanapriya