Cafe de la Paix, Girgaum : duty-bound

Mid-Day's Dhara Vora Sabhnani chats to Cafe de la Paix's Gustad Irani on the cafe's promising future; "..if you have history, you are duty-bound to keep it safe".


[Originally appeared in Mid Day, December 19, 2019]

IMAGES © Atul Kamble


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We are saddened to hear the news that Mumbai's much-loved Boman Rashid Kohinoor of Ballard Estate's Britannia & Co has expired at 97 years of age.

We extend our warmest condolences to Boman's family and all who knew him.

[An interview we did with Boman in 2007 can be found here.]


Courtesy Satish Roy


From Girgaum : 'the wood's been polished, and we have new lights and new paint'

We've never hidden the fact that Cafe de la Paix is one of our favourite Irani cafes. 

So we were happy to hear from Gustad Dinshaw Irani recently who sent through a few pics of the spruce-up the cafe is currently undergoing.

We're looking forward to our next chance to check it out, over a cup of pudina chai, naturally.

Thanks to Gustad for the pics!

Cafe de la Paix, Girgaum, July 2019, courtesy Gustad Dinshaw Irani


Bombay A-1, Grant Road : quick & polite!

For Irani men newly arrived in Bombay, the money was modest, starting out in another’s cafe. In 1980, Khodayad Dameri, who began working at Grant Road’s Bombay A-1 in 1928, clearing tables, earned 3 rupees per month.  A rich customer tipping with a ‘daboo’ – the old 2 paisa piece – was an occasion remembered as ‘lavish’.

Busybee (Behram Contractor) A-1: prices moderate, service quick and polite, though not fanciful. Mid-Day, May 14, 1980