Berry Pulao: A longstanding Parsi kitchen, Britannia is still the go-to place for berry pulao. It’s also the nostalgia that brings patrons to one of the last remaining Parsi cafés.
Delectable food, a relaxed vibe, and an old world charm help Mumbai’s Irani cafes hold their own, despite growing competition from fast food chains. Britannia and Co is famous for its chicken berry pulav and bombil fry, Café Military in Fort for its sali boti and caramel custard; Jimmy Boy for keema pav and saas ni machchi; and Kyani & Co at tea time for bun maska, akuri, and Irani chai. Raspberry soda—unique to these establishments—is a must-try. If you do get lucky to be invited to a Parsi wedding, expect a lavish sit-down wedding feast, lagan-nubhonu, that includes multiple courses served on a banana leaf; dhansak, chicken farcha, patra ni machchi, and lagan-nu-custard among others. Colaba Causeway introduces gourmands to a different side of Parsi hospitality. Café Mondegar, known for the Mario Miranda cartoons on its walls and Café Leopold, a chic Iranian café, are institutions in themselves, serving contemporary bar food to be washed down with towers of draught beer. Down the road is Café Churchill known for its lasagnes, steak, and sublime Kahlua torte. All three attract hordes of Mumbaikars, expats, and foreign tourists.