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The Sassy Spoon in Bandra, Mumbai is an adorable restaurant that makes you forget where you are. I have been to The Sassy Spoon Bandra for lunch and I liked their creative dishes. I was looking for a restaurant for an afternoon tea with my kids and my friend told me that The Sassy Spoon has an afternoon tea menu. I figured girls would love The Sassy Spoon’s ambiance and their food. We all had fun and it was great! We did not have the typical afternoon tea like I had with my girl friends at Sea Lounge in The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai (Here is the post about it).

The Sassy Spoon offers some desserts for tea a la carte. It is like an afternoon tea, but they do not offer a set of scones, sandwiches, and small sweets on tiered trays that is typically seen at an afternoon tea. At The Sassy Spoon each person orders a plate from the tea menu for an afternoon tea. Some of the dessert items under the afternoon tea category on the menu come with a cup of tea or coffee and some others don’t. I ordered a bunch of dessert plates, french toasts and pastries for the table and we all shared them. In the end it worked well to order a la carte because there was hardly any leftovers, thus, we did not waste any food!

I love The Sassy Spoon’s interior design of the restaurant. I hear that the original restaurant in South Mumbai is a must-see restaurant. I will have to make my way out there with my camera! I hope you’ll enjoy the virtual tour of the restaurant!!

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The Sassy Spoon

Address: Classic Corner
St. Andrew Road,
Bandra (W), Mumbai – 400050
TEL: +91-86555 55555
HOURS: 12:00pm – 10:45pm

Dhobi Ghat Mumbai Open Air Clothes Washing Colony

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Dhobi Ghat In Mumbai

Dhobi Ghat is a famous open air clothes washing colony in Mumbai, India. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Mumbai. The washers who work there are called “dhobis” and the term “Dhobi Ghat” is used all over India to refer to the places where many washers congregate to work. (information via Wikipedia) There are tours for Dhobi Ghat which I know many expats and tourists do. Also I have heard that it is easily seen from the flyover bridge of Mahalaxmi Station.

When my Japanese friends came to visit, I decided to take them to Dhobi Ghat. Since we had a busy schedule from lunch time to the late afternoon, I decided to bring my friends to the flyover to show Dhobi Ghat. The course for the first day in Mumbai for my Japanese friends included Britannia & Company for lunch, Starbucks Coffee in Horniman Circle for coffee and Mani Bhavan which is Ghandi’s museum in South Mumbai.

By the time we arrived at the flyover next to Mahalaxmi Station to see Dhobi Ghat open air clothes washing colony, it was in the evening. It was already quiet and we could not see much of the actual Dhobi Ghat’s clothes washing activities. Nevertheless we were still able to get the ideas and it was impressive to see the view of the colony and some clothes still hung on the clothing lines wavering in the air. It would be much more fun to see many dhobis in action washing the clothes. I couldn’t help thinking, what would happen to the Dhobi Ghat during the monsoon season.

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” It is said that not a single piece of cloth has ever been misplaced in over a 100 years.” This was one of the 6 facts listed in the article “Why Mumbai’s Dhobi Ghat is so badass!” by

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If you would like to see Dhobi Ghat from the flyover next to the Mahalaxmi Station, the view for turning to the flyover looks like this.

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I find that places like Dhobi Ghat give Mumbai a charm and unique character. In some countries such as Japan, for example, many jobs have been replaced by machines. It is refreshing and interesting to see the work done by the hands of humans. I enjoy the aspect of life in Mumbai where the human contact and human interactions are dense. Dhobi Ghat is the place where daily lives and stories of clothes washers, dhobis, unfold in front of your eyes.

Contemporary Minimalist Home With Indian Design

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Isha’s home is a beautiful blend of contemporary minimalist design and Indian traditional design. She decorates her apartment with many beautiful pieces she collected during her time in Mumbai while she tactfully leaves blank spaces to effectively bring the decoration out to catch your attention. She uses subtle colors like grey and black in her living room, bar area and dining area, but there are also several accent colors that are added to them which are complimented by the monotonous colors. In the living room is a mustard yellow which goes beautifully with the grey. Then the bar area has a pop of green. The dining area is the multiple bright colors on the painting, but I would say it’s the red that brings the brightness to the room. The color scheme also effectively divides the big one space into sections.

Isha is an Indian of origin, but she grew up in the U.S. She’s married to a British husband who brought her and their two children to Mumbai for his job assignment. They have lived in Mumbai for 5 years and this summer, sadly for me and all of her friends in Mumbai, they are moving back to the U.K. Isha and her husband are both a lovely couple. Isha and I have overlapped in Mumbai for 2 years, but I had a chance to get to know her better during this year. We had seen each other at social gatherings, but it was not until the time she and I ran into each other at a Starbucks Coffee one time about 10 months ago or so when we talked and got to know each other better. We talked about our previous paths, hobbies, what keeps us busy in our expat lives. Isha and I have passion for interior design in common. She told me she loved reading interior design magazines and books and that’s what I love doing in my spare time, too! She’s also a writer. Writing is her passion as well and she has pursued it while she has dedicated herself to parenting and volunteer activities at school in Mumbai.

I have spoken with Isha about taking photos of her apartment a while back, but as always I procrastinated and waited. Then I realized that she was moving very soon and I would not be able to take photos once she’s too busy for the pack-out. As I was writing this post, her place was actually being packed out and I was thinking of her and her place and wondered how she was feeling. I always have a mixture of feelings on the actual days of pack out. It feels both sad to leave the life you have invested in emotionally while feeling anxious and excited for the new chapter of our family life. Anyways, just a couple of weeks ago she generously offered to have me take photos of her apartment despite her busy schedule. I felt rusty taking photos as I have not taken photos of other people’s places in a year. Here is my last post about my friend’s home this home with Indian antique which I did a photo shoot about a year ago.

I’m excited for Isha and her family to start their new page of their life back in the U.K. Thank you, Isha, for being supportive of my blog, too. It means a lot to me. In the next week many of my friends will depart Mumbai to move to another country or city. This time of year is a reminder in expat life that life is a constant cycle of welcoming new friends and parting old friends. Best of luck to all of my friends who embark on a new adventure wherever they will be. To those who travel during the summer (or winter in the southern hemisphere), be safe and enjoy your vacation!!

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Starbucks Coffee ☆ Horniman Circle Mumbai

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The Starbucks Coffee flagship store in Horniman Circle is the very first Starbucks that opened in India in October, 2012. Starbucks in India is a joint venture with Tata Global Beverages and it is called Tata Starbucks Ltd. I read about the opening of the first Starbucks outlet in Horniman Circle, Mumbai on internet when I was still living in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2013. I remember how excited I felt to know that I would be able to visit Starbucks, a place I feel home and relaxed, in Mumbai as well! Ever since then, I have always wanted to visit Starbucks Coffee at the Horniman Circle location. It took me a year and 9 months! Needless to say, I was very excited about the moment of putting my foot in the Starbucks in Horniman Circle for the very first time!

I have seen many photos of the Starbucks store in Horniman Circle when I searched about it. They all looked so exotic, stylish, ethnic and different from any Starbucks I have visited in person. When my friends came to Mumbai to visit, I took them to Britannia & Co. for lunch as they were interested in trying Parsi food. Then we went to Starbucks in Horniman Circle as I thought it would be fun for them to see it as well. The Starbucks store in Horniman Circle in real life was just like I had always imagined from the photos. The high ceiling makes the interior look spacious. The details of the interior was beautiful and dreamy. There are several different rooms with tables and chairs, but I did not want to disturb customers, so I did not take photos of rooms in the back. Starbucks stores in India offer a wide range of food. Some of them are only offered in India, I believe, such as Murg Kathi Wrap and Tandoori Paneer Roll, which I love. If you ever come to Mumbai and have enough time to make your way out to Horniman Circle, you must check out the Starbucks Coffee!

It might appear as if I have become a Starbucks geek since I arrived in Mumbai. The interior design of Starbucks in Mumbai seem to stand out from those in other countries to me. I find it really worthwhile to visit Starbucks in India just to look at the interior design. Here are two posts I have written and posted previously.

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I love the interior design at Starbucks Cafes wherever I go in the world. I would love to find out who designed the Starbucks outlets in India, but so far I have not been successful with finding the information online. I think they are extremely talented!

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Britannia & Co ☆ Parsi Restaurant In Mumbai

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Britannia & Co. is a Parsi cuisine restaurant in the business district of Ballard Estate in Fort, Mumbai. The experience of going to Britannia & Co. and see the restaurant itself was very fun. Britannia & Co. was founded by Rashid Kohinoor in 1923. In the same year, his son Boman, the current proprietor, was born. I found a blog post about Britannia & Co. “Bombay To Sonapur Hai” written on “Irani Chai, Mumbai” blog which was referenced in CNN Travel article. It is a great interview from which you can learn about a piece of Parsi history in Mumbai, India through the words of Boman Kohinoor.

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The Parsis, which literally means Persians in Persian langue, are one of the two Zoroastrian communities found in India who originally emigrated from Greater Iran. Around the 8th and 10th century (specific date is unknown), the Zoroastrians emigrated to India to avoid the religious persecution which took place in Iran. During the British Raj in Mumbai, the Parsis in Gujarat came to Mumbai for new opportunities and environment and settled. The Parsis had contributed greatly to the industrialization and commercial development of the city of Mumbai.

The Parsi cafe culture flourished once in Mumbai, but gradually it died down and now there are about 30+ Parsi restaurants listed in Mumbai. My Japanese friends who came to visit and stayed with me in Mumbai read in a Japanese guide book about the Parsi history in Mumbai and told me that they would love to check out a Parsi restaurant. It just happened that I remembered seeing two Parsi and Irani cafes in the Mumbai City Guide on Design*Sponge written by my favorite Indian blogger Sheena of This Is Sheena.

There were two choices of Parsi and Irani restaurants listed on the Mumbai City Guide by Sheena: Kyani and Britannia. Based on the area we were in that morning and for our convenience, I picked Britannia. I have heard of Britannia from my friends, so I have been curious about it as well.

(Information via CNN Travel, Irani Chai, Mumbai, & Encyclopedia Britannica)

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We ordered Mutton Berry Pulav, Sali Chicken and Chapati. When we sat down first at the table, we looked over to the table next to us because two business men were eating very delicious looking Pulav. Basically we asked the waiter that we wanted to try the same dish as the table next to us. The Mutton Pulav looked very similar to an Indian Biryani, but the sweetness from the dried berries made the difference.

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Boman Kohinoor, the current proprietor of Britannia & Co., is 92 years old (or 93) this year (photo above). We had a lovely chat with friendly Boman Kohinoor, who came to our table while we were ordering. He first asked if we were Japanese. He then went away and brought a laminated magazine article of a review of Britannia & Co. written in Japanese published in Japan. Apparently his wife spoke Japanese who has passed away and he told us she would’ve spoken with us in Japanese. Then he brought laminated letters from the offices of Queen of England and George Bush Senior thanking him for his food during their visits. I could tell how Britannia & Co. has been appreciated by many visitors in Mumbai as well as the locals. I presume that Boman is at work everyday and speak to his customers. He is probably as famous as the restaurant. I salute to his passion and dedication to his restaurant. Maybe the key to stay young and happy for him is to work and be involved with what he loves to do.

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I got an idea of taking a photo like this above from the upper level as the magazine article about Britannia & Co. which Bowman showed us had a beautiful photo taken from there.

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Britannia & Co. Restaurant
Ballard Estate, Opp New Custom House
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
TEL:022 2261 5264
Hours: 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

We had a hard time finding Britannia & Co. with a temporary driver who did not know where Britannia & Co. was located. I am afraid I had a wrong map I pulled from a Facebook page which made us confused. The one below is from the Google Map. The key is to find the Tiger Gate Naval Dock Yard on Shoorji Vallabhdas Road and take a left at the circle. You’ll see the restaurant on your right with a huge tree on the left like in the photo below the map. The street view of the restaurant is the photo on the bottom. I hope these will help!

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Gateway of India In Mumbai

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The Gateway of India is the most famous monument in Mumbai. It might be the most popular tourist site in Mumbai as you can see The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel from there. The Gateway of India which overlooks the Arabian Sea was built during the British Raj in India as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary.

☆The word “raj” in Hindi means “rule”. The British Raj is British rule in the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947.

The Gateway of India used to be the arrival point for visitors from the west during the British Raj. Ironically, when the British Raj ended in 1947, the last of the British ships sailed off to England from the Gateway of India as well.

Information via,,

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Architectural Design Of Gateway Of India

The Gateway of India has a height of 26 meters. The design of the Gateway of India was done in the Indo-Saracenic style. Indo-Saracenic architecture was developed during the period of British India. During the late nineteenth century British architects blended Gothic with the work of the Mughal and other medieval Indian designs, which have the Muslim and Hindu elements, and created the Indo-Saracenic style. (information via Henry Irwin Architect & Another architecture that you can see the Indo-Saracenic style in Mumbai is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, previously known as Victoria Station.

I find the history behind the Gateway of India fascinating because this beautiful architectural style that represents the city of Mumbai would have not been born without the history of British India. Now the Gateway of India is probably the most popular tourist spot for Indian as well as international visitors. Another reason why many people visit the Gateway of India is to see The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai. The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai is so massive that if you stand right by its entrance, you can’t see the entire hotel. When I first laid my eyes on The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel from the Gateway of India, I felt moved and was hit by the feelings of realization that I had finally been in Mumbai because the photos of The Taj Mahal Palace was one of the first photos I have seen of Mumbai.

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I can understand why some men decided to rest under the shades. I took my friends to the Gateway of India at the beginning of May which is the middle of the hottest time of the year in Mumbai.

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The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was built by Jamsetji Tata of the Tata Family in the late 19th century and 21 years before the Gateway of India was built. The Tata family is the most powerful family who has contributed to the industrial development in India. For those who are familiar with Starbucks, the Tata Group has a joint venture with Starbucks and operates Starbucks outlets in India.

After we visited the Gateway of India, we headed to The Taj Mahal Place Mumbai and had a lovely afternoon tea at Sea Lounge inside The Taj Mahal Place. If you would like to see how the afternoon tea at Sea Lounge was, please click here.

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Ahilaya is one of the most popular brands for traditional Indian embroidery fashion among expats in Mumbai, India. Ahilaya is loved by local Mumbaikars as well as foreigners who live in Mumbai. It is the most gorgeous embroidery I have seen and the colors Ahilaya has are something else. Ahilaya make you want to own their kurtis (kurti is for women) and dresses because of their designs. The price range is a bit high for my budget, but there are two sale sections at Ahilaya in Santacruz which I recommend. I bought my kurti I am wearing in this post from the outside table. The cart outside the Ahilaya’s shop door has many pretty kurtis and dresses which are slightly different from what they offer inside. Most of the kurtis inside are made with silk material, but the ones outside are not necessarily silk items, which is the reason why the items in the cart outside offer a lower price range. I love it, though! The upper level of Ahilaya in Santacruz has the items that were once in the regular section and were moved for a sale.

I can understand why Ahilaya’s items cost high because of the beautiful hand-woven embroidery. The design is very special. I feel the urge to get at least one more kurti in the near future. I just love the embroidery so much!

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If you like Ahilaya, you might also like to visit a store called Neemrana. You can find similar embroidery on kurti or a dress with gorgeous colors with a more affordable price range (for my budget) at Neemrana. The Neemrana store is in Croma Building across the KFC on Linking Road. For more details please visit my post on Neemrana with photos of the shop and their products.

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2nd Hasnabad Ln, Willingdon
Santacruz West
Mumbai, Maharashtra

HOURS: 10:30 am – 8:30 pm

Afternoon Tea At The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

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Afternoon Tea at The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai was one thing my Japanese friends requested to be included in the plans when they came to visit Mumbai. I was going to show them Gateway of India and The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, so I planned one day around the afternoon tea at Sea Lounge in the Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai which starts at 3:30 p.m. We went to Churchgate Station and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus first, then went to The Pantry to have some snack, San-Cha Tea Boutique, and Filter in Kala Ghoda before heading to the Gateway of India and The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

I have been to the afternoon tea at Sea Lounge in The Taj Mahal once before, but I was there with my kids. It’s not the most relaxing afternoon tea if you go to a nice hotel like Taj Mahal Palace Hotel with your young kids because they want to run to the food and make noise. I, however, still managed to enjoy the time at the Sea Lounge. This time, though, I went to the afternoon tea with my 3 girl friends. It was divine! I thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing time indulging in the afternoon tea with delicious food with the lovely company at the Sea Lounge in The Taj Mahal Palace.

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Afternoon Tea was largely a social event for upper class people in the 19th century. It was a meal to fill in the long gap between lunch and dinner at a time when dinner was served at 8pm. High tea, on the other hand, was a necessary meal for the working class in the industrialized Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. After a long day of hard labor, workers went home and had meal with hot tea. Interesting fact is that the Afternoon Tea menu served in the UK is often referred to as high tea in many other parts of the world. (source via & about food)

I hope you can visually taste the experience of afternoon tea at Sea Lounge in The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai.





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Afternoon Tea Hours – 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
TEL: 6665 3366 Ext: 3111

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai

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When my Japanese friends came to visit, I took them to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which is also known as CST for short. I picked the location because I thought that it would be fun for them to see the magnificent architecture that has been featured in many places and named as the Unesco World Heritage Site. We went and checked out CST first and then moved onto the area little further south called Kala Ghoda.

Here is a little summary of the background of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a historic railway station in Mumbai, India which was named in honor of the 17th-century king Chhatrapati Shivaji, a founder of the Maratha Empire. The station was known as Victoria Terminus until it was renamed to the current name in March, 1996. The station was designed by an English architectural engineer, Frederick William Stevens with influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture. The original Victoria Terminus was built in 1887 in Mumbai and named after the reigning queen at the time, Queen Victoria. If you would like to read more about Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, you can find the information on wikipedia. To find information about the trains, here is the site by the Central Railway.

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I was very sad to learn that during the Mumbai attack in November 2008, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was one of the targeted locations.

On the lighter note, the station was the location of filming the “Jai Ho” song in Slumdog Millionaire.

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It was quite hot outside in May, so we tried to make our trip as quick as possible. I ended up spending the longest time among my friends to snap away and my friends patiently waited for me to finish. I just loved taking photos of the CST, but I found it difficult and I feel badly that my photos look like the building was chopped in pieces.

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Frederick William Stevens, the designer of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, also designed the head offices of the BB&CI Railway at Churchgate Station in Mumbai. Churchgate Station was about 5 to 10 minute drive from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

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If you are curious how the inside of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus building looks like, you should go check out this post written by Sheena of This Is Sheena Blog.

I hope that those who have never been to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus were able to enjoy the virtual tour of the famous site in Mumbai even though the architecture of the CST in real life is even more beautiful. Thank you for visiting my post!!

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The Pantry Mumbai

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The Pantry Cafe is located in the stylish district of Kala Ghoda in Fort, Mumbai. It was a delightful experience to walk into such a lovely cafe restaurant like The Pantry with cute interior. I love checking out interior design of cafes and restaurants. It’s the fun part of discovering a new place to eat. In my opinion food provides the sensory pleasure and interior design provides the visual pleasure. When I go to a cafe or restaurant, the ambiance of the eating space plays as much significance as the quality of food I get. It’s the whole package that makes the dining experience special.

I was guiding my three Japanese friends who came to visit Mumbai the area of Kala Ghoda. We visited Churchgate railway station and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus first in the morning and drove to Kala Ghoda to check out the area next. I have always wanted to come visit The Pantry and finally I had a chance, so the decision was very easy to make for a place to have our lunch. We wanted to go to the afternoon tea at The Sea Lounge in Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, so we tried to eat light. I will have to go back to The Pantry to try their desserts as I was told that they were delicious!

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There is a little story to tell you. My expat friend I met back in Jakarta introduced me to her friend who recently relocated from New Delhi to Mumbai. She’s also an expat and does Instagram, so we are connected through Instagram. Apparently she was in The Pantry when I was there. She saw me taking photos and later she saw a photo of The Pantry on my Instagram feed and told me that she was there!! How random is that? It would have been really cool to meet her! I find it interesting how we discover that we were at the same place through social media. How time has changed from 10 years ago! I am sure I sound like an old person, but I am simply fascinated by it.

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We had a lovely lunch! After the satisfying and relaxing time at The Pantry, we visited Filter and San-Cha Tea Boutique which are in the same district. I highly recommend that you visit them all!

The Pantry

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Fort, Mumbai
TEL: 022 2267 8901

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