With the Parsi community celebrating Navroze this week, here’s where you can get your fill of traditional bhonu delicacies in the city
ONGOING TILL AUG 17, 7 PM ONWARDS:
To ring in Navroze festivities, Pondichery Café is organising a cultural festival — Khavani! Pivanu! Majjani Life! (eat, drink, enjoy life)! Discover Parsi cuisine, while relishing some authentic favourites. Adding to the flavour will be a stunning display of Gara sarees and books on the Parsi ethos.
Where Pondichery Café, Sofitel Mumbai BKC, Bandra (East)
Machchi on your mind
AUG 21, 12.30 PM ONWARDS: Parsi food lovers have reason to celebrate. Bawi Bride Kitchen has put together a special meal for the city’s fish lovers. The unique seven-course Parsi seafood pop-up will showcase some of the most popular delicacies, including rawas na cutlets, mawa ni boi, malai ma prawns, among others.
Where: Flavour Diaries, 3rd Floor, Rohan Plaza, Off SV Road, Khar
Entry: R2,500 per head
To Book: 9819285720
Enjoy a saas-bahu bhonu
AUG 20, 4 to 6 PM:
Irani café SodaBottleOpenerWala is offering the delicious Bhonu with a twist, showcasing rival menus of a Parsi saas and bahu. The saas, Bachi Karkaria, will be presenting her signature tarela souffle and gos (mutton) no saas, while her bahu Akshata Karkaria will create the Russian enthu cutlet (chicken), and Shepherd’s Pie, among others. Akshata will also offer rival menus for Navroze Bhonu.
Where: SodaBottleOpenerWala, Ground Floor, The Capital Building, G Block, BKC, Bandra (East)
Stuff yourself with a Parsi thali
AUG 16 – 18, 11 AM – 12 AM: If you want to enjoy a cracker jacker Parsi meal, head to Café Mocambo at Fort, which is offering a Parsi thali for R599. It includes saria (Parsi papad), sev, dahi with the choice of chicken or mutton dal. There’s also sali chicken, jaldaloo salli boti with Parsi roti served with leg piece of farcha and a soft drink of your choice. The caramel custard is complementary.
Where: Café Mocambo, 23/A, Sir Phirozshah Mehta Road, Fort
Bite into salli boti puff
AUG 16 and 17, 8 AM to 11 PM: Fancy your favourite salli boti in a puff? Head to Theobroma’s, which has curated a special menu for the New Year celebrations. From chocolate caramel salted cake, to cutlet gravy wrap, salli boti puff and tamatar per eedu, there is something for everybody at the patisserie.
Where: Theobroma, Colaba Causeway, Cusrow Baug Colony, Apollo Bandar, Colaba
Made to order
AUG 17, 11 AM to 11 PM: Jimmy Boy’s has put together a three-course traditional lagan nu bhonu, which they are more than happy to deliver to your doorstep. On the menu is the saas/patra ni machchi, salli murgi/ghosh, sago wafers, chicken/mutton pulao, dhansak dal, gajar mewa nu achar and lagan nu custard for Rs 1,400.
Where: Jimmy Boy, Vikas Building, Horniman Circle, Fort
Ring in Pateti
AUG 16, 5.30 PM to 10.45 PM: Ideal Corner is offering a special New Year’s eve dinner comprising king prawn curry rice (250), kid ghosh fried potatoes (R200), and fish fillet tartar sauce and chips (200), this Parsi menu will definitely please all.
Where: Ideal Corner, 12/F/G Hornby View, Gunbow Street, Fort
Relish old favourites
AUG 17, 12 PM: On Navroze, when the Parsi community pays tribute to family ties, there’s no better way to celebrate, than over a scrumptious handcrafted meal. For the occasion, chef Farrokh Khambata is creating an array of specialities like lagan nu stew, patra ni machchi, jardaloo sali chicken and bharuchi akoori with brun pao. You can end your meal with his signature nitro pomegranate and rose petal kulfi.
Where: Café at the NCPA, Gate No. 2, Dorabaji Tata Road, Nariman Point
Entry: R1,950 per head
To book: 67230110
Dig into berry pulao
ONGOING TILL AUG 30, 12 PM TO MIDNIGHT: Ice cream brand Dinshaw’s has brought back its popular Bawa nu Bhonu menu. With signature offerings like dhansak rice, salli boti, chicken farcha, berry pulao, and veg variations of the same, the spicy and meaty cuisine, is not one you’d want to miss.
Where: Dinshaw’s Xpress Café, 6, Oshiwara Shop, Windermere Building, Off Link Road, Andheri (West)
A grand Parsi wedding feast
AUG 21, 11 AM ONWARDS: Soak in the works of talented artists from around the city, while relishing an authentic Parsi wedding meal at the Art Hub. The buffet includes unlimited helpings of chicken cheese croquettes, mutton cutlets, sali chicken, patra fish, mutton dhansak and lagan nu custard. There is a treat for vegetarians too.
Where: Pala Fala, The Art Hub, Atria Mall, Dr AB Road, Worli
From grandma’s kitchen
ONGOING TILL AUG 26, 12 To 11.30 PM: Chef Shehrezad Kapadia has rustled up a traditional Parsi meal to celebrate Navroze. Inspired by her grandmother’s cooking, the menu, which will be served during lunch and dinner, will include specials like topli paneer, komli na churry chawal and old favourites like salli boti and berry pulao.
Where: SAN:QI, Four Seasons Hotel,
Dr E Moses Road, Worli