Rated After seeing the pictures of this little gem on facebook, I coaxed my friends to come for a meal to this little gem located just 100 meters before the Adchini traffic signal, on the right-hand side, while going towards Qutab Minar.
So first things first, get there early because its a limited capacity home-style restaurant serving legit Parsi food. We called to make reservations, but the request was politely declined as they have a policy for no reservations. First come, first served.
So, we were four famished friends, who reached there, hoping we'd get a table, which we did, but after waiting for almost 25 minutes, about which we had been graciously notified by the smiling gentleman in specs, who I assume is one of the owners or most definitely the general manager.
The ground floor has a small waiting area and a small cashier's desk, which feels as if someone just pulled out of a Bombay based black-n-white movie. Right next to the cashier's desk is the door to the kitchen, where I stuck my head in for a sneak peak. Reasonably roomie kitchen and very very clean. I was already impressed.
This was to be my first official Parsi meal, ever. I may have had a dish or 2 of the cuisine elsewhere over the years, but for whatever reason, never had a chance to eat a dedicated Parsi meal.
Finally after the seemingly long wait, we were directed to our table. The dining area is small, yet is very well planned. One of the things that I liked the most was, they did not cram up the space, which most places do in order to have more covers. If I remember correctly, the restaurant seats 20 covers. They have tables for 4 people, 2 people and 1 large-ish table in the corner, which could also count as (almost), a private dining area.
The general decor & furniture is very classical Parsi, something we have all seen in Bollywood movies.
One of the things I really like and I feel deserves a special mention is the room divider thy have placed outside the toilet. It elegantly separates the toilet from the main dining area yet maintaining the ease of accessibility.
So hungry as we were, the menu selection seemed more than inviting. For the appetisers we ordered the Keema Pattice, Keema Na Cutlet and Kolmi Na Kebab (Prawn & Spring Onion Kebab).
Alongside, we also ordered the main course as there was no time to wait!
For the main course we ordered, Kolmi No Pulao (Prawn Pulao), Jardaloo Marghi Ma Salli (Chicken with Apricots on Potato Straws), Bhaatia Nu Gos (Spicy Mutton Gravy on Fried Potato Wedges), Mutton Dhan Sak (Dal Stewed with Vegetables n Mutton served with Rice), 2 portions each of Malai Na Parantha and Parsi Rotli.
We were going to add a portion of Keema Na Kebab to our order as well, but were told that it would be served the Dhan Sak anyway. Its good to see restaurants advising their customers about the order instead of just driving up the number of items ordered.
To drink we ordered, upon recommendation by the bespectacled gentleman, Pallonji's Soda - Lemon.
First to arrive were the drinks and along with a plate of Saria, which is fried saabut dana crips, compliments of the house. Something like Mughlai restaurants serving a basket of pappad.
Pallonji's soda, as we were told, is an almost extinct Parsi brand of carbonated drinks and the restaurant flies in the same from a private source in Mumbai. I didn't quite like it, as it was much too sweet for my palate. But definitely don't regret ordering it, as I think somewhere it completed the Parsi food experience.
The first starter to arrive was the Prawn Kebab. It wasn't something that I was expecting, and thought they'd be grilled, but turned out to be fried balls. I think I should have taken a cue from the menu for the same, as it's clearly mentioned under the Keema Kebabs, that they're friend meatballs. But anyway, the prawn kebabs were nice, sweet n juicy on the inside and properly crispy on the outside. The chutney served alongside was phenomenal and usually I avoid green chutney!! I loved the sweet n sour flavour it packed and am compelled to try more chutneys henceforth.
Next up, almost together were the remaining starters, the Keema Pattis and the Keema Cutlet. The Keema Pattis & Cutlet both, have made it in the list of my top 20 comfort foods. WOW is the word to describe the meaty goodness of both these dishes, I am not even gonna bother describing them further, just order them both. A MUST try for all non-vegetarians.
Shortly after we polished off the starters, the main course came in.
I was quite happy to see the efficiency of service. Personal attention by the owners/senior staff always gets the job done spot on. Kudos guys.
All the items of the main course came in together.
I first tried the Bhaatia Nu Gos, which I really liked. A mild (as per my palate) and well balanced dish with very well cooked pieces of Mutton. However, I think some more potato wedges would have added some contrast. And instead of serving this in a bowl, a platter or something like a pasta dish would be better. I ate the paranthas with the mutton, which were nice but I would opt for the roti instead which I ate with the chicken.
Next up I tried the Prawn Pulao and I have to say that it was THE MOST PHENOMENAL dish of the evening. I was blown away by the delicate balance of spices and flavours. Adding the Dahi Kachumber (served alongside) to it, enhanced the flavour of the dish to another level. I could eat this everyday.
The Chicken with Apricot was a nice dish. Very well cooked with interesting flavours, though I prefer spicier food and this dish most definitely is sweet and mildly sour. Yet, for those with a lower tolerance of spices, must try.
The Dhan Sak was the dish I had been eagerly waiting for. I was told its the Parsi version of Haleem etc etc. I quite liked the packed a lot of robust flavours, but what dampened the experience of this dish was the toughness of the mutton pieces, which I thought would be shredded/amalgamated with the gravy as in case of Haleem. The rice served along was very fragrant and added to the dish, though I did not enjoy the Keema Kebabs served alongside. The kebabs lacked the punch of flavour which was there in every other dish that we had ordered.
All in all, a great dining experience and my palate felt really refreshed, very happy & courteous staff members. A MUST VISIT restaurant, great value for money. And for the lazy days, order in coz they have free home delivery.
And a fair warning to everyone, Parsi food is not spicy like the regular Delhi-style food most of us are used to eating, it's reasonably mild but very wholesome & flavourful food. So the ones who don't enjoy spicy food, rejoice and for those of you who enjoy spicy food, ask for chillies. :)