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.
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!
There was Dhansak, and Sali Boti and this egg dish which I didn’t eat, and whose name I can’t remember!
For dessert, I figured, why choose between Caramel Custard and Mishti Doi, when I can just have both! Both were delicious.
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.