Mumbai's historic Irani cafes, like B. Merwan & Co, are slowly disappearing, but owners are determined to keep the tradition of rich and poor sitting side by side to eat Indian fast-food favourites. Photo: Hindustan Times via Getty Images Mumbai's historic Irani cafes, like B. Merwan & Co, are slowly disappearing, but owners are determined to keep the tradition of rich and poor sitting side by side to eat Indian fast-food favourites. Photo: Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Mumbai's historic Irani cafes, like B. Merwan & Co, are slowly disappearing, but owners are determined to keep the tradition of rich and poor sitting side by side to eat Indian fast-food favourites. Photo: Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Remnants of the British Raj in Mumbai, Irani cafes preserve Parsi cuisine and culture of rich and poor mixing

  • Although only a few dozen original Irani cafes remain in Mumbai, they have left their mark in India’s most cosmopolitan city
  • The cafes, the fast food joints of their era, would see customers from every walk of life, religion and culture eat and drink under one roof without friction

Topic |   Food and Drinks
Mumbai's historic Irani cafes, like B. Merwan & Co, are slowly disappearing, but owners are determined to keep the tradition of rich and poor sitting side by side to eat Indian fast-food favourites. Photo: Hindustan Times via Getty Images Mumbai's historic Irani cafes, like B. Merwan & Co, are slowly disappearing, but owners are determined to keep the tradition of rich and poor sitting side by side to eat Indian fast-food favourites. Photo: Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Mumbai's historic Irani cafes, like B. Merwan & Co, are slowly disappearing, but owners are determined to keep the tradition of rich and poor sitting side by side to eat Indian fast-food favourites. Photo: Hindustan Times via Getty Images
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