On the Menu: Parsi Food & North India Cuisine
This hotel has become a popular joint for families, especially Parsis, in South Mumbai. It is located close to the Bombay Stock Exchange. The owner of the hotel welcomed us (me & my friends) as he did to his other guests. He seemed a popular person and went around speaking to every family. As per their visiting card, they have a bakery and another food outlet by the name of Sunshine Foods at Mahim too.
The ambience is that of an old style hotel, virtually open air. Its a small place, big open windows and a high ceiling makes one feel as if they are sitting in the open. There is an AC room also at the upper level. Its a very home like ambience. Hygiene levels are not great; however unless you are not too finnicky, you won't find reason to complain.
For the first time I tried Parsi food. In fact, I suppose this restaurant must be one of those rare ones which serve Parsi food as I have not come across any before this. Beleive me, if you are a non-vegan, especially an eggeterian, this place is heaven for you. For starters, we had Salli Par Edu and Chicken Farcha. Salli Par Edu is one of the tastiest items I have had in recent times. A circular bed of sallis(small, thin fingers of potato fried and salted) is made, on top of which a half fried egg is laid. Both are cooked together and garnished with chopped onions, tomatoes and green chillies. When served hot, this dish can disappear from your plate within seconds. The Chicken Farcha was another delight. 2 legs of chicken coated wholly with egg ad fried with very mild spices. Parsi food does not include too may spices.
In the main course, we ordered a Chicken Dhansak & a Chicken Jardaloo. Dhansak is basically brown rice, served with a type of chana dal and 4 chicken kebabs (they were more like cutlets, but tasty nevertheless). I do not prefer Dal & Rice so I tried something else i.e. Chicken Jardaloo. A sweet and sour (more sweet) red gravy with boneless chicken chunks with jardaloos in it. Jardaloo is a type of a small sweet fruit with a seed. Its served with chapathis and tastes well with the brown rice too.
Service was not exemplary as such, but the waiters were freindly. The waiter was almost shocked when we ordered for 7 Salli Par Edu dishes and told it would take a long time. However, it came within 10 minutes, which was pretty quick.
Value for Money:
Rs. 55 per Salli Par Edu, Rs. 120 for a Chicken Farcha (2 pcs.) coupled with a Non AC room and not an extremely hygeinic environment sound a bit expensive. However, the Dhansak at Rs 250 was worth for the quantity offered.
Salli Par Edu, without a doubt!!
To Sum it up:
A nice restaurant to go either with anyone, friends or family. Mainly for non-vegans / eggeterians. You many not go here frequently, but its a good place to visit if you need some change and want to try something different.