Mumbai Food: Top places to enjoy authentic Parsi dishes

By Suman Mahfuz Quazi and Ahana Nagar | Mumbai

On Parsi New Year, here's your guide to the best picks in Mumbai from Irani cafe's, mom and pop shops and confectioners

For berry good food
The berry pulao (Rs 550 for chicken and Rs 750 for mutton) is a must try for those who love a sweet twist to their food. The iconic dish is topped with fried onions, 
dry fruits and sour berries.
TIME: 11.30 am to 4 pm
AT: Britannia And Co Restaurant, Wakefield House, Ballard Estate. 
CALL: 22615264

For something new
Dig into this classic Parsi dish that is now available in an all new avatar. The salli boti pie (Rs 450) is a unique tidbit containing a mixture of mutton kheema and pieces in traditional salli gravy, all baked together to enjoy as a pie.
ON: August 15 to 19
TIME: 10 am to 5 pm
AT: Bawi Bride (delivery only)
CALL: 9820928658

For goat goals
Celebrate the spirit of the new year at this cafe, with a classic Irani dish — The mutton kheema (Rs 130), a flavourful gravy-based minced meat delicacy that you're sure to lap up with soft pavs and a side of onions and nimbu.

TIME: 8 am to 11 pm
AT: Cafe Excelsior, AK Nayak Marg, Fort.
CALL: 22074543

For sweet treats
The mawa cake (Rs 15) at this epochal bakery is perennially out of stock, but it comes in batches, so time your visit well. These delightfully light puffy treats taste the same way they did decades ago and have been selling like hot cakes!
TIME: 7 am to 6 pm
AT: B Merwan and Company, Ali Bhai Remji Road, Grant Road East.
CALL: 23093321

For classic love
If you want to experience an authentic Parsi meal, head to this iconic restaurant for their bhonu (Rs 895). Enjoy patra ni macchi, salli margi, mutton or chicken pulao dal, saria and achar and lagan nu custard for dessert.
TIME: 8.30 am to 11 pm
AT: Jimmy Boy, Vikas Building, Fort.
CALL: 22662503

For chocolate lovers
What's a festival without sweet surrender, right? Delve into Mehernosh Khajotia's chocolatey cake (Rs 1,800). It comes with two layers of chocolate mousse covered in heavenly and creamy chocolate truffle.
TIME: 10 am to 6 pm
AT: Celebrations Fine Confections, Sun Mill Compound, Lower Parel.
CALL: 9870402901

For the whole deal
If one dish is not enough, then head to this Andheri cafe and binge on the chicken salli thali (Rs 599) with classic Parsi staples like dhansak, chicken farcha and salli boti.
ON: August 13 to 31
TIME: 12 pm to 12 am
AT Dinshaw Xpress Cafe, Windermere Building, off Link Road, Andheri West.
CALL: 9004530507

For twisted stuff
Tuck into this oddball creation crafted by the city's loved confectioner. A Parsi meal on the go, the Parsi mutton cutlet wrap (Rs 142) is made with mutton pattice, caramelised onion rice and a dhansak dar spread.
TIME: 9 am to 12 pm
AT: Theobroma (all outlets).
CALL: 7045590013 (Colaba)

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