At their height in the and eighties, when life was slower and more laid-back, diners could stop by here for a midmorning snack of bun-maska (buttered fresh buns), a teatime repast of cake and chicken patties (mildly spiced chicken encased in flaky puff pastry), or even a full meal of patra ni macchi (fish steamed in banana leaves), salli marghi (chicken curry with potato sticks) and mutton dhansak
(a meat curry of four lentils and up to a dozen spices).
by Ashish Dubash Dhansak
is a favourite community dish of the Parsis and is often eaten on Sunday afternoons.
Whether you crave a korma or go daft for dhansak
, there's no excuse for not spicing it up with your favourite Indian dish.
, a staple gravy made with meat and lentils Image Credit: Supplied Soft shell crab grills Image Credit: Supplied
Having tried almost all of the options on the menu, I can honestly say that none of them have disappointed, but the Dhansak
remains a firm favourite for me.
Our specialities include Dhansak
(classic Parsi dish of mutton with lentils and served with caramelized rice and kachumber), Paatra Ni Macchi (chutney steamed pomfret), our version of the Berry Pulao (veg, chicken and mutton), Prawn Patio (a tangy prawn preparation, sweet, sour and mildly spicy) and other old time favourites likeSali Mutton and Chicken, Goan Fish Curry, Chicken Baida Roti inspired from the hugely successful one at Bade Miya, Bohri Keema Pav and the Bhendi Bazaar Sheekh Paratha (a wonderful combination of a juicy sheekh and crispy fried paratha that originated in the gulli behind the 'Bartan Market').
, to subzi chawal to baos, everything is par for the course here.
I also like cooking the stuff, a mean Madras and a gentler dhansak
among my signature dishes.
So, the next time you are craving for some dhansak
, patrani macchi , Kolhapuri mutton or misal pav , there is no need to look up on Zomato how far a restaurant serving Parsi or Marathi food is.
We highly recommend the cheese burger salad (a naked burger patty with greens, cheese and a fried egg), gunpowder-fried calamari, shammi sandwich,mutton dhansak
and Goan prawn curry.
If a lamb dhansak
I'll let you into a secret: Mr Khan is now in Darras Hall.
Over the last two years, landlord Sukhi Rai has been serving a full curry menu, from passandas to biryanis (you can't go wrong with the spinach, chickpea and paneer dhansak
or the masala fish).