Cafe Mondegar

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Cafe Mondegar
Cafe Mondegar Logo
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Cafe Mondegar entrance
Restaurant information
Established1 April 1932 (1932-04-01)
Current owner(s)Rusi Yazdegardi
Hoshang Yazdegardi &
Family
Dress codeNone
Street addressMetro House,
Shahid Bhagat Singh Road,
Colaba Causeway
CityMumbai
StateMaharashtra
Postal/ZIP Code400005
Country India
Coordinates18°55′27″N 72°49′56″E / 18.924158°N 72.832126°E / 18.924158; 72.832126
Other locationsNone
Other informationOpen daily: 0800 to 2400 Hrs

Cafe Mondegar (a.k.a. Café Mondegar and Mondy's) is amongst the first (along with Leopold Cafe) and most iconic restaurant and bars in Mumbai, India. Cafe Mondegar is the first restaurant in Mumbai to house a jukebox.

The restaurant is a popular landmark and touristic attraction of Mumbai. Famous Indian cartoonist and painter Mario Miranda painted murals (his cartoons) on all inner walls and entrance ceiling of the restaurant.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

History[edit]

Cafe Mondegar was started in 1932 by Iranian Zoroastrians (Parsi settlers in India) as an Irani café. The current building (Metro House), then housed a hotel called Apollo Hotel and the café was started in the reception area of the hotel. By the mid 20th century, the café introduced a jukebox, (first in Mumbai) and was simultaneously converted into a restaurant. By the 1990s, Cafe Mondegar was refurbished, Mario Miranda's murals were painted on the walls & ceiling, and the restaurant was converted into a bar. Café is owned by Yazdegardi family and Rusi Yazdegardi / Hoshang Yazdegardi are the Managing partners of the business.[7][8]

Location[edit]

Cafe Mondegar is situated in the Metro House in Colaba Causeway, 450 meters North-West of Gateway of India, 200 meters North-East of Leopold Cafe and 400 meters South of Elphinstone College in Mumbai.[9][10]

Murals[edit]

In the 1990s, Rusi Yazdegardi (owner) asked Mario Miranda to draw murals (cartoons) on two opposite walls; i.e. wall adjacent to the main entrance and wall opposite the main entrance. Both walls have different themes. Whilst one wall is dedicated to Life in Mumbai, the other wall is dedicated to Atmosphere in the Café.

Mario Miranda sketched his drawings on canvas before their being rendered on the restaurant walls with the help of students from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art under his supervision.[11]


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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mumbai's most legendary". CNN.
  2. ^ "Cafe Mondegar cartoon". Tripadvisor.
  3. ^ "Cafe Mondegar review". Lonely Planet.
  4. ^ "Cafe Mondegar remembers Mario Miranda". Rediff.com.
  5. ^ "10 Meals You Must Have in Mumbai". NDTV food.
  6. ^ "Cafe Mondegar location". wikimapia.org.
  7. ^ "Mumbai's Parsi Café Culture". Skift.
  8. ^ "Café Mondegar may shut down". First Post.
  9. ^ "Coordinates". latlong.net.
  10. ^ "Location". Google Maps.
  11. ^ "Cartoonist who loved to draw". Hindustan Times.