I had the craving for a spartan Irani lunch today. I think it was the sad news of the closing of yet another Parsi/Irani place in Colaba that triggered my craving. I looked up the declining list of the true Irani restaurants that are still around. I had been to most of them in the past two years, except B Merwan in Grant Road, right across from the Grant Road Railroad Station. The place has not changed one bit from the place we used to frequent decades ago; except that, it has not aged gracefully. I will skip any ratings on the ambience. I had pretty much made up my mind as to what I was going to order: an Omelette, a Falooda and a paani cum chai. The Omelette was the typically fare; good thing was that the oil was not excessive. I also tried the Brun Maska, which was quite the same, delivered right from the open bread station. B Merwan’s do not serve Kheema anymore. Sadly, the Falooda was not available either. The chai was good but, for some reason, it did not evoke the magic of the paani cum chai that we all grew so used to. The only thing that remained the same was the price points. You could never find a cheaper meal in Bombay. So, food-wise, nothing really to write home. If anything, the wait staff has mellowed out. They are no longer brusque, hurried or the Roger Rabbits they used to be; the place is not as busy as it used to be. The wait staff took their time and were relaxed. So, if there were a saving grace, that would have to be it! I walked out sad. Sad, because this is the twilight of the Irani restaurant era. Many have shuttered down and the the ones that are open are not a shadow of what they used to be. Of course, there are exceptions. But B. Merwan was not the exception! There was some nostalgia, some sadness as I walked out. I looked back over my shoulder one last time as I ambled away, wondering if I would be back. But, like they say: It’s all about the good memories. My rating is just for those good memories!
4.0by Prashant Adhikari
Mumbai is all about the History and When it Comes to History Food Consist of the Major Part. Located next to Grant Road Station B Merwan & Co. Will give take you in 80's. For Breakfast you can Have like Almost everything on their Menu and Still you will feel like Spending a Penny. Their Mawa Cake is Legendary, People Stand in a Queue in the Morning to have their Special Mawa Cake and it's like Magically Disappears in Seconds. A must Visit Place for Nostalgia and Good Breakfast 😋😍. Bread Pudding, Omlete Bread, Mawa Puff, Kaju Cake & Irani Tea is what I tried and was instant Sugar Attack😉 but Loved it🤗
5.0by Benoy Abraham
Today enroute to Lamington road ,i dropped here for a quick snack. Unfortunately mawa cakes weren't available so settled down for jam and mava puff, brun maska, bread pudding and tea. All were delicious and pocket friendly. P.S. and note to Owner : I don't how much hygiene level you maintain because i was sitting next to counter where i saw one of the staff while applying butter on bun dropped the bun on the floor and he picked it up and placed it on a plate and the same was served to one of the customer.
One of the oldest Irani cafe in Mumbai which serves best Irani breakfast. Awesome food at reasonable price. This place serves best mawa cakes in town. Must visit this place.
5.0by Bilal Shah
This is one of the best Irani cafes surviving in the city since more than 100 years...well known for their Mava cakes which are out of the world and also they serves good omlets, tea, bun muska and deserts etc. They have maintained the vintage ambiance which is quiet impressive, when you get in to this place. They are leading this legacy with good quality products hats off 🏆