Jumjoji—A Parsi Diner
“Jumjoji” is Gujarati for let’s go eat. In this case the invite is on behalf of Boman Irani, a businessman who runs a hotel management institute in Khopoli. Since south Mumbai has the largest concentration of Irani cafes, most of which close right before dinner, Irani’s intention was to start a full-fledged Parsi restaurant this side of town. He has employed students from the institute in the kitchen, boys in their late teens and early 20s who trained in Parsi cooking at the homes of Irani’s extended family members. The menu is thus peppered with dishes named after Irani’s kin, for instance Piroja Irani’s chicken sticks, Freni aunty’s mutton dhansakh, and Pari Batliwala’s chicken kebabs. You may rue that Jumjoji lacks the charming old-fashioned appeal of the city’s beloved Irani cafés, but you can take heart in the fact that its menu is almost identical to those served at these cafes. Typical of a Parsi joint, there’s more choice for non-vegetarians.
Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney