. .

Irani cafe -

here you sit opposite to me,

twenty summers later,

why is it that these

tables are so small,

yet today you feel so far?

Poem & Image

Yazdani Restaurant & Bakery, Fort, Mumbai : 

© Shweta Kushe


Rising to the occasion : Cafe de la Paix, Girgaum

The current Covid-19 situation has “created a predicament totally new“ Café de la Paix’s Gustad Dinshaw Irani told us via WhatsApp today.  

Rising to the occasion, Gustad is reworking his tried and tested offerings adding ‘grab it and go’ options such as classic chicken dhansak and vegetable pulao, made to order.  If you’re in south Mumbai, go see Gustad to discuss!

Café de la Paix, Villa Belle Vue, JSS Road, Bhatwadi, Girgaum, near Opera House

IMAGE : Gustad Dinshaw Irani, courtesy Mumbai MidDay,

© MidDay [Mumbai]


Thus began a love affair. .

Anindita aka bombaegirl writes from Vancouver, Canada
.  .
More than 100 days of lockdown. Of all things, in the beginning, I REALLY missed getting out & going to cafés. I still miss it but not as much, I’ve learned to make-do without them... probably better for my wallet. 

Anyway, got me thinking what it is that attracted me so much to the European café life in Vancouver... 

I grew up in cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Dubai & Nairobi, and none of these places had a vibrant café culture when I lived there. 

And then it hit me - Bombay’s Irani cafés, that’s where my love for cafés came from. It started in 2009, when after the 26/11 attacks, I visited certain spots of Bombay. Leopold, then Britannia, then Koolars... Thus began a love affair that continues in lockdown.

bombaegirl ©2020

Leopold's, Colaba, © Dustin Aksland


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We were saddened to hear that Darius Faizandi of the erstwhile Byculla Restaurant and Bakery {est. 1934, closed 2020} has expired.

We extend our condolences to family and friends of Darius.

Darius Faizandi, ca 2019
Courtesy Dara Nunawala


Veggie Paaji : Mumbai's Irani Cafes

The folks at Veggie Paaji - always on the lookout for the best veg food offerings - check out some of Mumbai's best-known Irani joints.

Naturally, all leave satisfied!


Cafe de la Paix, Girgaum : March 20th

Join poet Anushka Gupta at Cafe de la Paix for an evening of Bombay stories on Friday March 20th!