Mumbai is known for being a cosmopolitan city and its Irani cafes are a perfect example. Owned by the Zoarashtrian community, the number has definitely dwindled over time, but the ones that still survive, do see day light even today. Kyani & Co. is one such Parsi café, standing strong and firm since 113 years!
What Is It?
Dating back to 1904, Khodram Marezaban, the founder of Kyani & Co wanted to give the people of Mumbai a taste of his local culinary delights. Little did he know that he would be feeding generations. And it’s not just the quality of the food that has travelled over a hundred years, but also the interiors and the décor. Everything is just as it was the day it was first built.
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Kyani & Co. has a vintage feeling, with its rustic chairs and wood shelves with huge glasses that display jars of cookies and biscuits. This café has got to be the quintessential Parsi café, the city has on offer.
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The café has on display a portrait of Aflatoon Shokri, who had taken over the café and currently has his son Farokh Shokri running the café. This portrait is signed by none other than M.F Hussain and did you know, during the country’s independence struggle, there were meetings held by freedom fighters at this café!
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What To Eat
Their popularity is evident when you hear that most of their food gets over by 5pm every evening! Kyani & Co is famous for it's bakery items – puddings, cherry custard and lagano custard, biscuits and cream puffs. Their royal falooda also gets a fair bit of love. However, we have our palettes yearning for their signature kheema pav and cheese omelette. I wonder, why I never thought of this combination before!
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Famous for its Irani chai just for ₹15 and bun maska, the café also offers the very famous Akuri, and salli par eedu. Also, a wholesome Irani breakfast under ₹100, strikes a great deal with visitors. Kyani & Co. is a cosy warm place for anyone in Mumbai who wishes to grab a quick, pocket-friendly breakfast.
[caption id="attachment_22043" align="alignnone" width="770"] Akuri & Kheema pav Image Credit: Burrp[/caption]
What You Should Know?
Kyani & Co. has staff working at the café for over 30 years now, and they could get a little finicky if you sit for too long, just chatting away once you’re done. Also, no laptops allowed.
Address: JSS Road, JerMahal Estate, Opposite Metro Cinema, Marine Lines, Mumbai
Timings: 7 AM to 8:45 PM
Price: ₹300 for two people (approx.)