16 Reviews / 18 Ratings
A hundred years and still rocking it!
B Merwan announced it would shut its doors forever in march 2014, leading to a mad flurry of Mumbaikars to savour the last bites of the iconic mawa cakes and more. We were among the curious. One Sunday morning we made it at 7:30 am on a Sunday, braving the urge to sleep till afternoon. We were greeted by a massive crowd trying to get their hands on the mawa cakes. While the ambiance or the place is not much to boast, it's a must visit for those who like quaint cafes that don't burn a hole in your pocket!
Must try: Mawa cake, chai, bun maska
Overrated, Unhygienic and Pathetic!!
Weekend Breakfast turned to a disaster! This is one of the worst eating out experience we have had in a long time. The reasons are :
1). Unhygienic, Dirty, Crumbling, Broken interiors.
2). Dirty plates & Waiters full of Attitude. Wipe the tables with the cloth which is NEVER washed.
3). Famous Mawa cake was over. We had the Omlette dripping in Oil & pav served by a very unclean, unwashed waiter from the kitchen. It was difficult to swallow the morsel itself.
4). Simple Irani Chai was very sweet & horrible. No taste & just hot water with sugar.
5). Difficult to sit in the dirty environment.
6). Rude staff & Management.
Now u decide whether this restaurant should remain in service or SHUT SHOP and save a lot of first timers agony who visit due to past glories and SUPER HYPED ratings. The publicity stunt of closing & reopening didn't work. The least the management could do was refurbish the place before reopening to avoid this disappointment.
Happiness makhan mar ke!
Owing to my love for Irani joints and brun muska, I visited this place with a friend for an early sunday morning no diet day breakfast. As usual, this place was jam packed but we were lucky enough to find a table for two. We did what we usually do in an Irani joint, ordered brun muska and chai. This was followed by omeltte, bhurji, Chicken puff and loads of other good ness. They apply a considerable amount of butter on your bread slices . Their mawa cake, mawa fruit cake which I took home to save myself from te sunday yummy cake apocalypse was even better than the usual mawa cake. I couldn't help falling in love with their bread pudding and custard.
When I left the place with loads of take aways, I knew I was happy and my so was my belly!!
GREAT MAVA CAKE AND MAVA SAMOSA
THIS IS THE PLACE FOR GOOD FOOD IF YOU HAVE NOT TASTED THEIR FOOD THEN YOU ARE MISSING LIFE ITSELF WELL GREW UP THERE AND LOVED IT ALWAYS MY MUM USED TO BRING ME 100 MAVA CAKES WHENEVER SHE DID COME OVER TO VISIT ME IN ISRAEL
G D BLESS YOU AND KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB I AM 52 AND GREW UP IN THEIR RESTURANT FROM THE AGE OF 3
G D BLESS
Oldest bakery in town
One of the oldest bakery in town I guess. Situated bang opposite Grant Road railway station. Most favorite for all the morning office fellows since it start very early much before 6 AM. My favorite is the mawa cake. If you are luck you will get it at 8 AM, or else it is already over by then. But not to worry, they keep on getting hot mava cake on regular intervals. They must be selling more then 10000 mawa cake a day.
The Bun Maska & the chai is hot selling as in any other Irani bakery. I have lived all my life in Grant Road, so I know for the fact that they serve the poor on daily basis. Every evening, they give Biscuite Bhuka/mixture to the road side poor. The Parsi uncle on the cash counter is also friendly, but may vary depending on his time/mood at times:o)
One can just eat to the best of his ability & the bill will not be more then 200. I can Bet on this. It is one of the cheapest for today's days too
Experience of a Kind "Mumbai to Bombay few steps"
This place has always make me wonder if it is connected to "Merwans" in Andheri (W), and I somehow feel "Yes"; "B. Merwan" is the originator (Less sophisticated and more original) of the other outlet in Andheri.
I have always been curious about visiting this place but was never sure until I stepped in one day, and VOILA!! it looked like BOMBAY (I stress "Bombay" and not Mumbai) it had that old Bombay charm left in it, which Mumbai no more has. And I love the fact that the fans are still old (slow and dusty), the tables and chairs look old (with a typical checks table cloth), black and white pictures of Merwan ancestors in antique photo frames and this place Bang Opposite to the Grant Road station.... The feeling is Awesome (cannot explain here... words fall short).
It brings you a familiar feeling of Belonging, the feeling of Bombay...
One would just want to visit here to experience the ambiance, the feeling of the old era. But there is something more to offer as well.
After being lost in thoughts of Bombay and mesmerized with the thoughts of fond memories of childhood, I ordered "Bhurji Paav" and "Chai (tea)"... The Bhurji here is like nowhere. The bhurji REFRAINS from being overpowered by nonsensical masalas and streams of oil. It instead holds a very subtle flavor which lingers in your mouth for a long time. It does not contain overpowering nonsensical spices, it is very delicately spiced with fresh green chillies, pepper and I dont know what. It retains the natural color of the Egg White and Yellow and that punch of freshly cut Green chilly adds to the Oomph factor... As I said earlier this is the Bhurji you have never tasted and would never be able to make by your own ever. Even tough the flavors are simple, it is next to Nothing! Accompanied with the "Chai" you could spend hours in here with fond memories of Bombay (What it Was, Who were the people, How it was and what has it got to......... Mumbai to Bombay a few steps ahead ... An Experience of a Kind (Its like a portal to go back in time...)
This review is only for their bakery products.
Bought 2 cakes from them a plum cake and one normal mawa cake. There was nothing special about either of the cakes and they tasted pretty ordinary like the ones purchased from any of the numerous non-descript bakeries across the city. Also, the plum cake hardly had any plums. Pricing is reasonable, again at par with all the other bakeries.
Best Irani in Grant Road
Be prepared for a different experience. No Bills are provided on your table, the payment is shouted over to the cash counter. And they have fabulous delights in their Mawa Cakes ( Muffins actually), mawa samosa , custard, pudding, biscuits and other bakery items.
Also recommended is the half fry , omelettes with maska pav. Variations are available in the tea. Paani Kum, Mafak ( less milk, more water etc).
I have been here since my childhood days and the place has not changed one bit. This is a place frozen in time.
Hope it stays that way.
Please note that Mawa cakes and other bakery items are available after 0630 am and finish by 03.00 pm.
Home is where the Heart is!
B. Merwan and Company simple rules!
They've been around for almost 100 years and they got to be doing something right to rock it for so long. Their mawa cakes and mawa samosas are my personal favourite. Only to be out done by the significantly supreme Veg Patty! Oh my sweet sweet Veg Patty.
The place has old world charm that cannot be replicated by cheap immitators in Andheri. The owner is awesome, brilliant and fantastic to say the least. This place is a must visit for anyone who's passing by the city to get a taste of the true Mumbai.
Everything on their menu has to be tried once atleast. Even if you have to get there by 6:00am for it (they sell out incredibly fast)
Love you B. Merwan and Company. You make the world a better place for us foodies :)
Superb mava cake/samosa!
The earlier reviewers have already captured most of what i wanted to write, but can't resist giving my favourite mava cake place another 5-star rating! The cake/mava samosa/bread pudding/brun maska are all amazing! :) Their first batch of mava cakes gets over by 8:30-9am in the morning, and the second around 5:30-6pm... so get there early!
What to say about this place? Have been gorging on their mawa cakes since I was a kid. Also, their brun-maska pav is awesome and if u have it with tea, which is highly recommendable, you are bound to get into paradise.
Please do hop in for a bite if you are at grant road, and in case your in rush to get the next train, you can get the stuff packed. Take it home and see the delight on the face of your family!
Its Irani to the 'I'
For a college kid, this restaurant is SUPER Cheap. I love the atmosphere its very very relaxed. At least it seemed relaxed to me.
But before i completed my Double anda Fry, Doodh and 6 Bun Maskas (yes i ate them all by myself, i dine alone always, for peace of mind) and i looked up i saw that the people who were at my table were not there , it seems like they had already changed thrice by then.
They come,sit, stare, drink their cutting chai and their out before u know it. Yes they might smoke in there too, its permitted to smoke.
I feel the restaurant used to be apart o mUmbai's Mill worker culture, when the FULL chai never existed coz it couldnt be afforded, when there were no bills given just announced. When the amount of maska in the Butter is a symbol of the prosperity of the store owner.
Merwan and cafes like it are a part of the legacy of the iranian restaurants that dot the city.
I say, check it out for the price, the service style, the culture and the number of tubelights inside (flourescent bulbs ;)
Fond memories come rushing back into my mind whenever I step into this place. Breakfast during college days was at B Merwans.
Hmmm the smell of fresh bread, omlette, mava cakes and macroom cakes. No one gives you bun maska or brun maska with more maska than B Merwan. So go ahead, dip the bun and brun into the tea .... that is the Irani way.
Note : Get there before 8 in the morning if you want to avoid disappointment. Their buns and bruns get sold out before 9.