Britannia & Company Restaurant (Wakefield House, 11 Sprott Road, 16 Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai)


In a nutshell:
A legendary Parsi restaurant run by a Parsi family, has good service, has a very retro look, serves good Parsi food but surely not the best Parsi food I have ever had.

the facade - see the queues in front
the facade – see the queues in front

Address & other details:  britannia

Meal for 2: 500 onwards

Cuisine type :  vegetarian & nonvegetarian

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bill - proof of payment
bill – proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short description – in case u r in a hurry:
Five years back we were in mumbai on our way to Goa and we had dined at Britannia. That was our first ever exposure to Parsi food. We remembered that experience fondly for so long, till we revisited recently.

inside the restaurant
inside the restaurant

Last time the owner (I think octogenarian) himself was going from table to table to collect orders. He was also talking to all guests and having small conversations. We were so impressed with his spirit.

This time he was around but he was not the one taking the orders. He was generally talking to guests.

a part of the restaurant , a floor above
a part of the restaurant , a floor above . Also note the writing on the wall

The restaurant has, I guess, not changed much since it was first opened. The writing on the facade is so retro. The ceilings r high. There is a part of the dining hall which has two floors.

lamp shades
lamp shades

Old advertisements r still around.

near the entrance
near the entrance

The place smells heritage.

Furniture is all wooden. The tables have a cloth cover and a glass atop it.

table tops
table tops

The service guy was very good and helpful.

Mutton cutlet
Mutton cutlet

The best Parsi food We have had so far was at a Parsi food festival in gurgaon at Amaranta, curated by a Parsi chef couple who do Parsi weddings. The next best we had was at Parsi anjuman. Very close to it we found was the Parsi dishes at NCPA cafe, Nariman Point ( coz it has a Parsi chef).

near the entrance
near the entrance

Britannia ranks 4 th in our experience so far…. Food at Britannia was slightly better than at Jimmy boy. I did not add sodabottleopenerwala in the list as it is not a true blue Parsi restaurant chain but it surely does a great job in representing the cuisine. It’s one of our favourites.

Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:

Patrani macchi was outstanding. It was pomfret wrapped in a leaf and grilled. The green marinade of the pomfret was outstanding.

Patrani macchi
Patrani macchi

Mint flavours were enjoyable. The taste had a good balance of slight sweet n salt. The fish was super fresh and enjoyable. Rate it 4.5/5

Patrani macchi
Patrani macchi

Mutton cutlet was very nice. It had strong meaty flavours and a soft inside. On the outside there was a crisp coating. Loved munching on this Yumm dish. Rate it 4.25/5

Mutton cutlet
Mutton cutlet

Mutton dhansak was good but not great. There was nothing wrong in it but nothing wow. Rate it 3.5/5

Mutton dhansak
Mutton dhansak
cutlets & browned rice served with dhansak
cutlets & browned rice served with dhansak
cutlets & browned rice served with dhansak
cutlets & browned rice served with dhansak

Berry pulao was a dish we remembered since our first visit here. However this time we did not feel over joyed like last time.

Berry pulao
Berry pulao

Either the food was awesome that time or maybe it was our introduction to a new dish. Many berry pulaos later wud rate this berry pulao at 3.5/5

Berry pulao
Berry pulao

Salli boti is deep fried potato sticks sprinkled over mutton curry. The Salli was lovely.

Salli boti
Salli boti

The curry was just about good. It lacked the intensity that a great mutton curry has. Rate it 3.5/5

Salli boti
Salli boti

Mishti doi – don’t know how this Bengali sweet curd made its way to the Parsi menu but it was excellent. Perfect balance of sweet n sour. Thick, awesome curd. Rate it 4.5/5

Mishti doi
Mishti doi

Caramel custard was outstanding as well. It was thick, intense and very good to taste. The burnt caramelised feel accentuated the experience. Rate it 4.5/5

Caramel custard
Caramel custard

We hoped to eat the famous Parsi dessert dish Lagan nu custard (custard served at weddings) but they were not serving it that day.

Overall rating of food at Britannia averages out to 4/5

I wud revisit this place for the retro experience but not necessarily for the food. While we loved the desserts & the starter, the main course had a lot more to expect from…

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