More than in other parts of the country, the Parsi culture is visible mainly in Mumbai and the nearby cities. Today, we are talking about the popular and old Parsi eateries in Mumbai and Pune that must know about!
In our rapidly changing times, many cultural institutions have been diminishing in significance, and Parsi restaurants are no exception. We're taking this opportunity to highlight a handful of enduring Parsi eateries that have weathered the passage of time. These establishments remain integral to the heritage and culture of the cities they call home. Join us as we explore a selection of historic Parsi eateries in Mumbai and Pune.
1. B. Merwan and Co.
Established in 1914 at Grant Road of Mumbai, B. Merwan and Co. started by Boman Merwan is a popular Parsi restaurant, much renowned for its Mawa cakes. Other than this, their biscuits and other snacks have also been a delight for the patrons for a long time. Call it the rustic charm of this place that it continues to attract people to date.
2. Yazdani Restaurant & Bakery
Another popular and one of the oldest Parsi restaurants in South Mumbai, in the Fort area, is Yazdani Restaurant & Bakery. Established in 1953 by Meherwan Zend, an Irani baker, this bakery is not just famous for its Irani chai but also for Bun Maska and even fresh cakes.
3. Cafe Military
Cafe Military is one of the iconic Parsi cafes still in practice in the Fort area of South Mumbai. It was built by Khodaram B.Golabi, in 1933 after he came from Iran. However, even after these years, what has not changed is the love for Keema Pav and Bun Maska that its customers have had since the time it was started.
4. Dorabjee & Sons
Can you believe that Dorabjee & Sons was established as early as 1878 by Sorabjee Dorabjee in Pune? It all began with Irani tea and Bun Masa. Over time, the offerings expanded to include a variety of items, including full-course meals. Today, they are renowned for their Keema Pav and even a refreshing Raspberry drink!
5. Sassanian Bakery & Boulangerie
Started by Rustom Yazdabadi in 1913, Sassanian Bakery & Boulangerie was initially a Parsi cafe popular as a tea joint. Located in Marine Lines, the bakery is still popular for its Brun Pav, Bread Pudding, Sizzlers and much more. Not to be missed that like many other Parsi cafes in Mumbai, even this has been a pioneering spot for movie shootings.
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