3.12.07

1947: Iranis A to K


We have surveyed the 1947 Times of India Bombay Street Directory and have located scores of establishments we believe were Irani restaurants, most now gone. This list covers streets (with their 1947 street names) beginning A-K. Do you have information on any of these?

ABDUL REHMAN STREET (Bombay No 4)
Karvas Nivas

Light of Bombay Restaurant

ANNIE BESANT ROAD (Bombay No )
Café City Restaurant

APOLLO PIER ROAD (Bombay No 1)
Readymoney Building

Naval and Military Restaurant and Stores

APOLLO STREET (Bombay No 1)
No.107 Apollo House

Apollo Restaurant

Botawalla Building
Imperial Restaurant

East and West Building
Morning Post Restaurant

132 Great Western Building
Royal Navy Restaurant

No.28 George Restaurant

ARTHUR BUNDER ROAD (Bombay No 4)
Grant’s Building
New Light of Asia Restaurant

ASH LANE (Bombay No 1)
SOUTH SIDE

Café Health

BABULA TANK ROAD (Bombay No 9)
SOUTH SIDE

Princess Building

Western Restaurant

Abdulla Building
New National Restaurant and Stores

BAKEHOUSE LANE (Bombay No 1)
WEST SIDE

Shining Sun Restaurant

BALLARD ROAD (Bombay No 4)
Laxmi Building

Café Ballard Restaurant

BASTION ROAD (Bombay No 1)
EAST SIDE

Kitab Mahal

Café Excelsior

BAZAR GATE STREET (Fort Street to Elphinstone Circle)
EAST SIDE
Kagdy Manzil

Café Kohinoor



No.225
New Bombay Restaurant

No.275 Edward Restaurant

No.306 Town Hall Restaurant

Union Restaurant

BELL LANE (Bombay No 1)
SOUTH SIDE

Maneckjee Wadia Building
Union Restaurant

BELASSIS ROAD (Bombay No 8)
SOUTH SIDE
Café National

Liaqat Manzil
King George Bakery

New Alexandria Restaurant

Club Restaurant

BHAJIPALA STREET (Bombay No 3)
SOUTH SIDE

Firdusi Restaurant

Nadri Restaurant

SIR BHALCHANDRA ROAD (Bombay No 4)
WEST SIDE

Café Colony

BOMANJI PETIT ROAD (Bombay No )
WEST SIDE

Lord Wellington Restaurant

BORAH BAZAR STREET (Bombay No 1)
EAST SIDE
Dhankore Nivas

OK Restaurant

CADELL ROAD (Bombay No 14)
Cadell Court
Café Cadell

Good Luck Restaurant

Sayed House
Star Restaurant and Bakery

Hardings Restaurant

Welcome Restaurant

CARNAC ROAD/LOKMANYA TILAK (Bombay No 2)
Lilly Stores and Restaurant

Khoda E Noor

Café Milan

Tyabji Building
Lucky Star Restaurant

CAWASJI PATEL STREET (Bombay No 1)
No.58 Sukhia Building

Daver Restaurant

Merwan Building
Western Stores Restaurant

EAST SIDE
No.19A Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Building

Yazdani Restaurant & Bakery

Sheri House
Star of Asia Restaurant

CHARNI ROAD (Bombay No 4)
Nehmani Building

Café Broadway and Stores

Cosmopolitan Restaurant

Wassiamal Building
Kohinoor Restaurant and Stores

Shirin Restaurant

Good Luck Restaurant

Ramachandra Building
Golden Star Restaurant

CHAUPATI SEA FACE (Bombay No 7)
Lily Cottage

Café Wilson

Fulchand Nivas
Café Ideal

Café General

CHINCH BUNDER 1st ROAD (Bombay No 9 & 3)
New Lucky Star Restaurant

CHURCHGATE STREET (Bombay No 1)
Industrial Assurance Building
Asiatic Soda Fountain and Restaurant

NORTH SIDE
Deepak Mahal
Ferry Stores and Restaurant

Lalji Naranji Memorial Building (IMC offices)
Stadium Restaurant

Marina Restaurant

Rehman Building
Hollywood Stores and Restaurant

COLABA CAUSEWAY (Bombay No 1)
Royal Best Restaurant

Habib Court
Edward Stores and Restaurant/King Edward 8th Restaurant

Atlantic Stores and Restaurant

Awabai Mansion
Royal Restaurant

Donald House
Piccadilly Restaurant

Merwan House
Union Jack Restaurant

23 Causeway House
Alexandra Stores and Restaurant

Leopold & Co.

Café Mondegar

COLABA ROAD (Bombay No 1)
Prince Albert Restaurant

Colaba Chambers
Duke of York Restaurant and Stores

Fatma Manzil
Regaud Restaurant and Stores

Cosmopolitan Restaurant

Colaba House
Novros Pehlavi Restaurant

Ruby Terrace
Colaba Restaurant

CUSTOM HOUSE ROAD (Bombay No 1)
WEST SIDE

Imperial Restaurant

Prince Aly Khan Building
James Restaurant

No.80 Apollo Restaurant

DADAR MAIN ROAD (Bombay No 14)
Modern Times Restaurant

Jaya Terrace
Moonstar Restaurant

Jenabai Building
British Empire Restaurant

Shapoor Cold Drink House

WEST SIDE
Dadar Bar Refreshment and Billiards

Kamal Building
Kamal Restaurant

DELISLE ROAD (Bombay No 6)
Bombay Good Luck Restaurant

Havewalla Building
New Byculla Stores

Golden Star Restaurant

Meher Restaurant

Shanti Bhavan
Marshal Restaurant

DONGRI STREET (Bombay No 9)
WEST SIDE
Akbari Restaurant

Banatwalla Building
New Lucky Restaurant

Hashambhoy Building
Good Luck Restaurant

DR D’SILVA ROAD (Bombay No 14)
Ghamat Terrace
Railway View Stores and Restaurant

ELPHINSTONE ROAD (Bombay No 12)
NORTH SIDE

Silverstar Restaurant

Wakani Building
Popular Restaurant and Stores

New Ideal Restaurant

FERGUSSON ROAD (Bombay No 13)
Shah Shivaji Restaurant

New Worli Restaurant

Worli Restaurant

FORBES STREET (Bombay No 1)
No.56 Café Zaer

FORJETT STREET (from Gowalia Tank Road)
New Tehran Restaurant

FORT STREET (Bombay No 1)
No.52 King George Restaurant

Royal Marine Restaurant

No.1 Davierwalla Building
Premier Restaurant

Dilkhoosh Restaurant

No.51 International Restaurant

Guishan Restaurant

Khotari Building
No.107 Kohnioor Restaurant

Goculdas House
New Edward Restaurant

FRENCH ROAD (Bombay No 7)
Tyebji House
Café Wilson

Parmanand Building
Star of Italy Restaurant

FRERE ROAD (Bombay No 9)
Jivanbhai Mansion
Nadir Restaurant

Persian Restaurant

Marshall’s Building
Paris Restaurant

No.21 Prospect Building
Café Angelia

No.28 Welcome Restaurant

Good Luck Restaurant

Café Universal

Café London

New King of Persia Restaurant

New Alexandra Restaurant

Aria Building
G.P.O. Restaurant

FULLER ROAD
(Fort, Bombay No 1)
Esplanade Mansions

Army Restaurant

GAMDEVI ROAD (Bombay No 7)
Iswardas Mansions
New Heros Restaurant and Bakery

GELL STREET (Bombay No 11)
Brijmohan Banwarilal Building
Café Nelson

GIRGAUM ROAD (Bombay No 2 & 4)



Kyani and Company Bakers and Confectioners


Lord Irwin Restaurant

Iran Restaurant

Patel Building
Café Majestic

Villa Bellevue
Café De La Paix


Sandhurst Building
Allies Restaurant

Navelkar Building
Kennedy Restaurant

New Regal Restaurant

Fateh Manzil
Opera Restaurant

Viceroy of India Restaurant

Dominic House
India Restaurant

Dhoota Papeshwar Building
Emperor of India Restaurant

Soorya Mahal
Morning Sun Restaurant

Sunshine Restaurant

Rahim Chambers
Café Victory Restaurant

Bhatia Nivas
Café Sassania


Hirjeebhoy Seth Building
Café Yazdan and Stores

XL Restaurant

Cavarana Mansion
Alfred Restaurant

Brabourne Restaurant



Bastani & Co. Provision Merchants

GHOKALE ROAD (NORTH) (Dadar, Bombay No 14)
New Shapoor Restaurant

Rawji Sojpal Building

New Coronation Restaurant

Darbar Lucky Restaurant

No.68 New High Class Restaurant

No.30 Corner View
Morning Post Restaurant

No.26 Manjrekar Building
Capitol Restaurant

GOVERNMENT GATE ROAD (Parel, Bombay No 12)
Café Yazdan

Saifi Mahal
Lal Baug Restaurant and Stores

GOVINDJI KENI ROAD (Bombay No 12)
Kismet Building
Modern Times restaurant

GOWALIA TANK ROAD (Bombay No 7)
Oriental Stores & Restaurant

Chinoy Mansion
Lord Willingdon Restaurant

Hillal House
New Gentleman Restaurant

Dholsani Building
Tehran Restaurant

Motiwalla Mansion
New Ideal Restaurant

Shri Hari Nivas
Union Jack Restaurant

GRAHAM ROAD (Ballard Estate, Bombay No 1)
Laxmi Building
Café Ballard

GRANT ROAD (Bombay No 3)
Persian Restaurant

Adi Mansion
Express Restaurant

Hamidya Restaurant

Falooda Cold Drink House

Novelty Restaurant

Regal Stores

Wassiamull Buildings
Kohinoor Restaurant

Bombay Restaurant and Stores

Big Ben Restaurant

Grand Oriental Restaurant, Bakery and Hotel (cnr. Grant Rd and Falkland Road)

GRANT ROAD BRIDGE
Bombay A1 Restaurant



GREEN STREET (Fort, Bombay No 1)
Café India

James Restaurant

GUNBOW STREET (Fort, Bombay No 1)
Nanabhai Chambers
Welcome Restaurant

Harding Restaurant

HAINES ROAD (Bombay No 18)
Stone Chawl
Bombay Good Luck Restaurant

HARVEY ROAD (Bombay No 7)
National Restaurant

Cecil Restaurant

New York Restaurant

HOME STREET (Fort, Bombay No 1)
H. Boostani Restaurant

HOMJI STREET (Fort, Bombay No 1)
Buona Casa Building
Royal Stores Restaurant

HORNBY ROAD (Fort, Bombay No 1)
No.1 Crawford Market
Empire Stores and Restaurant

B Block Sitaram Buildings
Civil Restaurant
D Block Sitaram Buildings
Yazdani & Company Ltd.

167 Gokuldas House
New Edward Restaurant

Lotus Building
Café Civil

Powvala Building
Original Light of Asia Restaurant

337 Alice Buildings
Ideal Restaurant


WEST SIDE
Capitol Stores and Restaurant

204 National Insurance Building
Café Hornby

New Excelsior

HOSPITAL AVENUE ROAD (Parel, Bombay No 12)
Parel House
King Edward Memorial Restaurant

Bachooally Terrace
Anglo-Persian Co., Stores and Restaurant

HUGHES ROAD (Bombay Nos 7 & 26)
Cecil Stores and Restaurant (at junction of Hughes Rd and Harvey Rd)

Umarkant
Mansion

New York Restaurant

IBRAHIM RAHIMTOOLA ROAD (Bombay No 3)
Syed Manzil

Zam Zam Restaurant

New Lucky Restaurant

Mohd Ali Building, block no. A
Star of India Restaurant

E.C. Madha Bros. Mansion
Wazir Restaurant

Princess Building
Western Restaurant

JACOBS CIRCLE (Bombay No 11)
Vithal Nivas
Western India
Stores and Restaurant

Shirin Building
New York Restaurant

JANJIKAR STREET (Bombay Nos 2 & 3)
Jamal Building
Central Restaurant

KALBADEVI ROAD (Bombay Nos 2 & 3)
Ravindra House
Sunlight Restaurant and Stores
Botawalla Building
Bombay General Restaurant

ADVERTISEMENTS from-
Hormusji Dhunjishaw Darukhanawala, Parsi Lustre on Indian Soil, published by Claridge, Bombay, 1939.

IMAGES top to bottom:
Kyani & Co., Dhobi Talao, c1980 - photographer unknown
Cafe Kohinoor, Fort, 2007
Yazdani Restaurant and Bakery, Fort, 2007
Kyani & Co., Dhobi Talao, 2007
Cafe de la Paix, Girgaum, 2007 - photographer Abodh Aras
Bastani & Co, Dhobi Talao, c1980 - photographer unknown

1 comment :

manolin * said...

commendable work. have eaten at a few of these...will try to cover the rest too.