The famous South Mumbai eatery Bademiya was sealed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officials on Wednesday after rats and cockroaches were found in the kitchen during raids.  The FDA officials also said that the restaurant did not have its FSSAI license.

The 76-year-old famous restaurant is in the Colaba area behind the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in South Mumbai. The restaurant is quite famous for its non-vegetarian delicacies like Baida Roti, kebabs, rolls, and more. As per reports, the raid by the FDA was carried out after several hygiene-related complaints. Opened 77 years ago in 1946, Bademiya was started as a makeshift kabab counter. Apart from its hugely popular non-veg items, Bademiya serves North Indian, Mughlai, and Jain cuisines as well. The restaurant is a famous landmark and tourist attraction in Mumbai’s Colaba area.

Due to the unhygienic kitchen and no FSSAI license, the FDA officials immediately closed the two branches of the restaurant that are in South Mumbai and Bandra Bademiya, and its owner was given a stop business notice.

Bademiya Restaurant Sealed Over Unhygenic Food Issues

“There is an ongoing raid and inspection (of FDA) across restaurants in Mumbai. Bademiya is one of the hotels that have been raided. This afternoon, the vigilance team and our local officer arrived here (Bademiya) and found that a cloud kitchen served meals for two of its adjoining branches. There was no license granted to the eatery and hygiene issues have also surfaced,” an FDA official told India Today.

“The FSSAI license had not been renewed for several years,” the official said.

“In the interest of public health, this was necessary,” he added.

The restaurant owner said they have all the licenses except FSSAI, which is underway. The owner also mentioned that they are ready to comply with the authorities fully.”The license until Covid lockdown has been renewed and for the latter period, we have applied for our license,” the owner said.

Bademiya Restaurant Sealed Over Unhygenic Food Issues

Asked about the alleged hygiene menace at his eatery, the restaurant owner said they would be careful in serving food to the public.