© 2020 by Swapna Malekar.

Mumbai, nah Bombay!

What I plan to do in Bombay this vacation season.
Somewhere in the bylanes of Colaba

I've an annual trip coming up to Bombay - my hometown, the charismatic place where I grew up and bred. I have nostalgic memories of Bombay - the flavourful paani puris belted by the roadside vendors, the bun maska & chai at quaint old parsi cafes, the south Indian dosa and idli fare in local suburban neighbourhoods and the home cooked meals made by my Mom and aunts. I savour it all.

Since the nostalgia factor is so high, I've made a list of places (restaurants, cafes, bars) I want to visit and the food I want to gorge on when I finally land in Bombay. Let's make it a trip to remember!

Patra ni Machi

Parsi cafes - 

  • Britannia and Co Restaurant (Wakefield House, 11 Sprott Road) - Britannia and Co is open for lunch only, 12-4pm every day except Sunday

  • Yazdani bakery and cafe (Fountain Akbar Ally, Saint Thomas Cathedral)

  • Kyani and Co (JSS Road, Dhobi Talao, Kalbadevi)

  • Café Excelsior (Fort)

  • Ideal Corner (Fort)

  • Café Military (Fort)

  • Jimmy Boy (Fort)

  • Merwan & Co. (Grant Road East)

  • Sassanian Boulangerie (Grant Road East)

  • Paradise (Colaba) Irani cafe(koolar co.) and cafe 792 are popular food joints around serving Parsi style cuisine

  • Radio (Building No 10, near Crawford Market)

Parsi food -

Bun Maska with dollops of butter

  • Brun maska, hot toasted white buns slathered in melted butter with crunchy crusts that you dip into hot chai 

  • Caramel custard

Chaat (savoury snacks) -

  • Paani puri

  • Sev puri

  • Dabeli

South Indian places -

Idli Sambhar & Coconut Chutney

  • Cafe Madras, Matunga - Idli Podi

  • Cafe Mysore, Matunga - Khotto idli

  • Arya Bhavan, Matunga - Brahmin idli

  • Hotel Ramashray, Matunga

  • Mani’s Lunch Home, Matunga

  • A. Ramanayak, Matunga

  • Anand Bhavan, Matunga East

  • Udipi Idli house - Kanchipuram idli

  • Ayyappan Idli house - Thatte idli


  • The Little Easy in Bandra West

  • Remo’s in Todi Mills

  • Please Don’t Tell (PDT), Lower Parel

Other bars -

  • Escobar, Linking Road

  • Masala Bar, Carter Road

  • 145, Kala Ghoda

  • Woodside Inn, Colaba

  • Farzi Cafe, Lower Parel

Sea facing restaurants

  • Pizza by the Bay, Marine Drive

  • Estella, Juhu

  • Dome - Intercontinental, Marine drive

  • Razberry Rhinoceros, Juhu

  • Mandy’s - Pan Arabian bistro, Colaba

  • Seaside patio, Citizen hotel, Juhu

I'm raring to start wandering around the city that I called home for the first 25 years of my life. Sit in those auto-rickshaws, battle the crowds, drink cutting chai and feel cozy with my close friends and family.

Somwhere in Kala Ghoda