#3841 Mar 20th, 2011, 19:28
- Join Date:
- Dec 2008
- In the land of awesomeness
Quote:Don't know about the hostel. The mess, which is Naval Mess, is in way another place (and gone).
I may have misled you about the Majestic Building, because Google Maps says the Majestic Guest House is there (is that perhaps the MLA hostel?)
Anyway, here's two more snaps of the building:
Quote:Well, yeh, but we can't read it.
We know it as the Sahakari Bhandar building, with the bigbig grocery store and the restaurant next door.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR FOREIGNERS;
The Sahakari Bhandar store is a popular place at the head of the Colaba Causeway in Tourist Central near the Regal Cinema, Mumbai. Many foreigners stop in for snacks, ramen noodles, bikkies, and chaat.
Please note, though, that despite the number of foreigners who shop here, both tourists and expats, the checkout staff are so discomfited by the sight of a foreign face that they almost invariably make mistakes in providing change. Curiously, the mistakes (usually Rs 10-20) are always in their favor
#3846 Mar 20th, 2011, 22:15
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- Feb 2005
It is off the beaten track but many a famous person/celebrity have visited.
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” - Mark Twain
#3847 Mar 20th, 2011, 22:36
- Join Date:
- Dec 2005
- over a 'wine-dark sea'
Quote:I remember the Sahakari Bhandar! Dad was a member & we would shop there in the 70's! It was the equivalent of the warehouse stores you have in the US but without having to buy in bulk.
It was a fairly good restaurant(the one on the side), too.
Quote:Thanks for the shots of the Majestic Building. We've been scouring our archives and are astounded to find we have none of our own.
I expect the place is some changed since the 70's (except, perhaps, for the runners on the front steps). In fact it's changed in the time we've known it.
Sakahari Bhandar is some sort of co-op, and the store sells lots of household goods and clothing in addition to the food we mentioned earlier. They've substantially reduced the area devoted to non-food items. There's a photo below of the much-improved fresh produce section as it appeared in 2010, also of the packaged dals and pulses.
The restaurant is still good. We lunched there more often on our last trip, since the closing of the Naval Mess near our hotel.
Midway between the two big rooms of the store, down a few steps, there's a cake-shop franchise, too. It's fairly popular, but we weren't much taken with their desserts. Their samosas and savory puffs were OK for lunch, though.
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