It is said that the foundation of Mumbai’s modern restaurant landscape was laid with the establishment of Irani restaurants two centuries back by settlers who had just moved in from Iran. These places reached the peak of their glory in the mid-1900s with India’s Independence, and flourished as Mumbai became the financial capital of the country. However, their presence started to wane in the years following the economic liberalisation of India. Thankfully, there are still a few Irani eateries going strong in areas such as Fort in South Mumbai, once the key CBD (Central Business District) of the city.

Kalyan Karmakar, food writer and blogger, will lead this walk which will provide an insight into the history of the Irani café culture of the city, telling stories of these eateries that, tucked away in the bylanes of Fort, have survived the test of time.

This guided tour is free. The cost of the food is to be borne by the walk participants. 

Kalyan Karmakar
Walk Leader
Kalyan Karmakar blogs at and is a columnist for NDTV Food, Times of India Blogs and The Indian Express. His debut book is called The Travelling Belly and it went into a reprint within a year of being published. He is a part of the jury for the Living Foodz Epicurean Awards and Condé Nast Best Restaurant Awards, and was a speaker at The Tasting India Symposium 2017 and Jagriti Yatra 2018. He has recently won the Best Indian Food Blogger Award in the BH&G and Social Samosa Influencer Awards 2017 and is the winner of the FBAI Best General Food Blogger Award 2017 and Godrej Protect Power Blogger Award 2017.

He conducts bespoke food walks in Mumbai under the Finely Chopped Walks banner.