While our Parsi friends spend their day devouring the deadliest and most delicious home-made bhonu, there is no need to sit around and salivate. We bring to you the yummiest, coolest and honestly, just the quirkiest (they wouldn’t have it any other way) Parsi restaurants you must visit to get your Navroz (or even just round the year) fill.
Britannia & Co.
Yes, we’re aware, every single post you’ve ever read about Parsi restuarants in the city almost always starts with Britannia, and that’s because it is truly an establishment in the heart of Ballard Estate and to be fair, it’s just splendid. The famous berry pulao with a chilled bottle of Pallonji’s raspberry cooler, coupled with life-size cutouts of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and topped with the jolly stories of the adorable Mr. Boman Kohinoor, is guaranteed to be an interesting afternoon.
Where is it? Ballard Estate, Mumbai
What should you try? The berry pulao, fried Bombay duck, don’t forget a Pallonji’s raspberry and the caramel custard.
Not far from Britannia, Jimmy Boy is located at Horniman Circle and is very popular with the office-crowd. With its bright red sign and blue-and-white awning, it is hard to miss when you’re wandering through the area. With a cheery and energetic vibe, and a delicious menu, you’re bound to become a returning customer. I’m almost certain that every visit to Jimmy Boy will leave you in the most blissful food comas, stuffed till your eyeballs but still craving more.
Where is it? Horniman Circle, Mumbai
What should you try? Dhansak, sali boti, and end with the yummy lagan nu custard.
Koolar & Co
Head to Matunga (yes, Matunga), the more popularly known vegetarian-heart with the famous Madras Café, and dig into absolutely mouth-watering kheema pao at the uber-cool Koolar & Co. With traditional checker-tiled floors and bentwood tables and chairs, Koolar ups its ‘cool-factor’ with telephone poles, lamps and other eccentric goodies that fill-up its interiors.
Where is it? Matunga, Mumbai
What should you try? The kheema pao and the house special five-egg Wrestler’s Omelette.
The Parsi diner with a sense of humour, Jumjoji is quirky and wonderful (just like all the bawas we know). A newer edition to the list of otherwise legendary Parsi-Iranian eateries, Jumjoji serves the dishes that we’ve loved all along, but with a slightly more contemporary twist and modern style. Not only is the food just as good but the ambience and vibe will have you chuckling all through your meal.
Where is it? Bandra West, Mumbai
What should you try? Akoori, patra-ni-machhi and the mutton pulao
The newest and wonderfully weirdest Parsi eateries to have opened in Mumbai, Sodabottleopenerwalla has made us fall in love. With an extensive menu featuring our all-time favourites, and a list of exciting and unusual cocktails, this modern café is all things bawa, and more, in one space. With bentwood chairs and checked floors, a board with a list of hilariously bizarre rules, attentive wait staff, a miniature train that rides the length of the restaurant and a jukebox, it has got it all.
Where is it? Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
What should you try? Prawn pattio, dhansak and chicken farcha
Text: Aditi Shah