Britannia & Co. The charming little Irani Café tucked into a quiet bylane of Ballard Pier – is something of a legend. The place seems to have changed little in the last many decades, stuck in a time bubble of sorts. Check out the black wooden chairs (imported from Poland) and checkered red table cloth. It is a rite of passage for those visiting Bombay, hoping to get an authentic flavour of the city!
The signature Berry Pulao
The signature dish is the delicious berry pulao (made with berries flown in from Iran) which is made using a secret family recipe. Other hot favourites include the Sali boti, Bombay duck, and dhansak rice. Finish your meal off with a delicious serving of caramel custard (a personal favourite of Miss Wanderlust!)
Mr. Boman Kohinoor, the legend of Britannia & Co.
Of course, the most loved part of Café Britannia is not the food, but the charming owner, Mr. Boman Kohinoor. When we asked him his name, he jokingly told us that he has not one, but nine different names.
In the video below, Mr. Boman is his usual delightful self as he rattles out the story behind each of his nine names. A must watch!
(And with this video, Miss Wanderlust inaugurates video content!)
Mr. Boman is a born story teller. He loves speaking to diners, generously sharing his stories and anecdotes. If you have a bit of time, he will be more than happy to take you through his sepia-tinged collection of treasures– letters, cards and photographs from famous diners who have visited Café Britannia. Don’t miss the postcard sent by the Pope and Queen of England!
Britannia was established in 1923 by Mr. Boman’s father, Mr. Rashid Kohinoor. “The restaurant and I are both the same age,” chuckles Mr. Boman. He adds that he plans to create a world record by living for at least 120 years.
Cheers to that we said (raising a bottle of Pallonjee’s Raspberry high into the air) before proceeding to click a selfie with the legendary Mr. Boman Kohinoor himself!
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