Estd. In 1940, This Irani Cafe In Mumbai’s Dadar Has The Best Bun Maska, Irani Chai, Keema & More

This pre-independence Irani cafe in Mumbai was named by Prabodhankar Thackeray.

by Ankita Mazumdar
Estd. In 1940, This Irani Cafe In Mumbai’s Dadar Has The Best Bun Maska, Irani Chai, Keema & More

This quaint Irani cafe in Dadar has been operational since Mumbai was still called Bombay! It still has those vintage Bombay vibes which makes the experience of gorging here one of the best. This spot is located opposite Senapati Bapat Statue in Dadar West and is perfect for breakfast plans with your friends. Let’s know more about this great Irani cafe and what yummylicious food items you should try here. 

This Irani Cafe In Dadar Takes You Back To Good Old Bombay

Light Of Bharat was established in the year 1940 and is deemed one of the original Iranian cafes in Mumbai. It is very easy to spot this place as a 60-ft Indian flag covers the top portion of the signage. Just as you enter the cafe, a buzzing arena with red and white chequered tablecloths, low ceiling fans, a big wall clock, large mirrors, and soft lighting opens up to you.


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While the people of this city never stop to smell the roses, the chaos here feels just like Bombay! The current owner of this Irani cafe in Mumbai is Reza Irani. He is extremely bubbly and will strike up a conversation with you. It will probably be on the topic of food. Fun Fact: Reza Irani serves up free cutting chai to everyone who visits Light Of Bharat on Republic Day. Try it next year.

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Light Of Bharat Offers Authentic Irani Food Options

If you are heading over to Light Of Bharat for a great breakfast then the spread has to have plates full of their popular Irani Chai, Bun Maska, Mutton Keema Pav, and Arabic Kepsa Biryani. Yes, you have to have biryani for breakfast, it’s soul-satisfying! For a spread like this, you have to have an empty stomach to accommodate these lip-smacking food items that too at extremely affordable rates.

If you are a fan of eggs, you are in for a treat. There are many options on the menu for egg special dishes like Parsi Bhurji and Mumbai Masala Omelet. Don’t worry vegetarians, you also have options to choose from. Is it possible that you visit an Irani cafe and not order Pallonji’s sodas for the table? It is a ritual! Apart from Pallonjithis Irani cafe in Mumbai offers fresh lime soda, shikanji and chaas.


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Last but not least, you 100% have to order their freshly baked bun maska with Irani chai. Dip the bun in chai and quickly take a bite. The serene taste of a soggy bun with a hit of the flavourful chai feels like jannat at Light Of Bharat.

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So, the Light Of Bharat is lit up for you, make your way to Dadar and relish the yummiest keema pav at this Irani cafe in Mumbai.

Where: Meher Building, Ranade Rd, Dadar West, Shivaji Park, Mumbai

Timings: 9 AM – 9 PM (Monday)

                    9 AM – 11 PM (Wed-Sun)

Cost For Two: ₹700

Cover Image Credits: Instagram/lightofbharat

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