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Britannia and Company, Mumbai

While in Mumbai for an extended weekend recently, we had a Parsi meal at the iconic Britannia and Company Restaurant. We went to the Irani Cafe after driving around Colaba for a while to look at its gorgeous old buildings. There was quite a crowd waiting outside for a table to clear up, but luckily, we didn’t have to wait because a part of our group reached much earlier and did the waiting for us! The very quirky cafe is over 90 years old, and it shows in the old furniture, peeling paint and creaking stairs!
Britannia and Company, a Parsi restaurant in Mumbai

The 91 year old owner of Britannia, Mr Boman Kohinoor Irani comes around to every table to greet customers and to take orders. The cafe was started in 1923 by his father, who moved to India from Iran. The non-vegetarian members of our group had a lot more to choose from, but there were enough vegetarian options as well. We started with some Rose Raspberry Soda. Bright pink, fizzy and just sweet enough.

Raspberry Soda at Britannia and Company, a Parsi cafe in Mumbai

Rose Raspberry Soda

The Berry Pulao is Britannia’s most famous dish, and it was what I was most excited to try – a fragrant pulao topped with dried sweet and sour berries (I believe they are called barberries) brought all the way from Iran. It was amazing – totally worth the hype!

Berry Pulao at Britannia and Company, a Parsi cafe in Mumbai

Berry Pulao

There was Dhansak, and Sali Boti and this egg dish which I didn’t eat, and whose name I can’t remember!

Britannia and Company, a Parsi cafe in Mumbai

The egg dish whose name I cannot remember!

Rice and Dhansak at Britannia and Company, a Parsi cafe in Mumbai

Rice that came with the dhansak

For dessert, I figured, why choose between Caramel Custard and Mishti Doi, when I can just have both! Both were delicious.

Caramel Custard at Britannia and Company, a Parsi cafe in Mumbai

Caramel Custard

Mishti Doi at Britannia and Company, a Parsi cafe in Mumbai

Mishti Doi

The cafe is very very popular with both locals and tourists, so the whole world has probably been there already. But if you haven’t, put it on your must-do list the next time you go to Mumbai. The cafe is open only for lunch, does not accept debit/credit cards and is closed on Sundays.

Britannia and Company, Mumbai

Kate and William who’ve never been to Britannia!

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10 Comments

  • Reply Riya April 12, 2016 at 5:44 AM

    I was reading your blog just a few days back and today I read Mr.Kohinoor could meet the Royals. 93 and still energetic. It made me happy that I read about his restaurant 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan August 12, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    How lucky to be able to get berry pulao for lunch everyday! Thank you for sharing Rashmi 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous July 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Aah! The famous berry pulao!!! We used do take out from this place! I used to worked in Nariman Point and the office driver used to go and pick up our Berry Pulao orders!! YUM! Never got to actually visit though. The Parsi restaurants were the best. My dad had introduced us to them and he used to told us hilarious stories about his experience with the older generation that used to run them. We picked up our love of these place from him. 🙂

    Thanks, Madhu!
    Rashmi

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan December 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Thank you so much everyone!

  • Reply Shweta Sharma December 11, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Nice post.

  • Reply krish Lakshminarayanan December 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Good photography & excellent photos !!
    Blog design is very good.

  • Reply Anonymous December 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Done! added to my to-do list. I am visiting mumbai in Jan on [work 🙁 ]
    and i love love love the blog design…the little images on the right looks so pretty 🙂
    Sharanya

  • Reply shilpa December 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    its your* pictures, sorry.

  • Reply shilpa December 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    finally, some place i have visited got featured here 🙂

    our pictures and words are always a delight to read!

  • Reply arundati December 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    loved all your bombay pics Madhu, lovely post… I must go soon

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