Boman Rashid Kohinoor was very much an icon of India's bustling financial capital, Mumbai.
The 97-year-old who called himself "India's biggest fan of the Royal Family" died on Wednesday night after a brief illness.
His Iranian restaurant, Britannia, was famous for its berry pulao (a rice dish with cashews and raisins) and caramel custard.
But Kohinoor was arguably even more famous than the dishes he served.
Most recently, he gained internet fame after he met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, during their official visit to India in 2016.
A video of him holding up a board asking the duchess to meet him had gone viral in the days leading up to the visit.
Kohinoor had always been much-loved for his eccentricities and the personal touch he offered customers who would flock to his restaurant in the commercial Ballard Estate area during lunch hours - Britannia was not open for dinner.
Like many other residents of Mumbai, I visited the restaurant on a number of occasions when I lived there, patiently standing outside until a table inside was freed up and going inside to be warmly greeted by Kohinoor.
He would often join customers at their tables and eagerly ask for feedback on the food or tell them what to order. He was fond of narrating that the berry pulao was still cooked according to his late wife's original recipe. He would also never fail to point to a large framed picture of Queen Elizabeth and talk about how much he loved the Royal Family.
"He used to have a huge rooster that used to flap around the restaurant. I don't remember its name but I think it had a minor role in a film," Sidarth Bhatia, co-founder of The Wire news website and Mumbai chronicler, told the BBC.
Mr Bhatia, who used to visit the restaurant since the 1980s, also described Kohinoor as a "canny businessman".
"I think the hipster crowd discovered the place a few years ago - they all loved the chatter of this eccentric old man. His charm attracted people in droves in a city where restaurants are known for being a little impersonal," he said.
Many past and present patrons of Britannia also paid tribute on social media, and some shared memories of their favourite encounters with Kohinoor.
Not a MasterChef, not a nouveau food blogger or influencer, yet he won hearts and legions of happy, customers through his endearing food & storied banter as he ran Ballard Estate's Britannia for 7+ decades.— Ashok Lalla (@ashoklalla) September 26, 2019
Boman Rashid Kohinoor, you've earned your rest at 97. RIP. pic.twitter.com/R4auW9ZZaB
“Drink fresh lime soda sweet, to beat the Mumbai heat”- Enjoyed food and service by Boman Kohinoor for so many years with this Famous line of his. Will miss the man but I guess he will live long in every dish Of his. Rest in Piece #Britannia #Bombay #Mumbai #bomankohinoor— Shantanu Agasti (@ShantanuAgasti) September 26, 2019
"If you noticed, they had not bothered to even upgrade the decor. If you went slightly inside, you would see the place was filthy, but it was what I called an 'Instagrammable restaurant' - the food, the ambience and the man were all major attractions," Mr Bhatia said.
"Mumbai will miss him".