Parsi New Year is a day earmarked for indulgence. Good food is always a part of every celebration among Parsis and the New Year is no exception. The diverse Parsi cuisine is a mix of Persian food with a Gujarati influence and extremely popular with gourmands. Who can resist a well-made mutton dhansak with brown rice or a dhan dal patia with prawns and patra ni macchi? But of course the bhonu on the New Year is a feast meal and comprises a lot more dishes. Home chefs and caterers, apart, several restaurants in Mumbai now serve a special bhonu. Here are some of the best options in Mumbai to treat your palate on August 17.
Head to SodaBottleOpenerWala for a sumptuous Parsi feast to mark Parsi New Year. The Non-vegetarian Bhonu (Rs. 700++) offers sweet and sour gajar nu achar, saria, the Parsi papad, a classic and refreshing Salad Shirazi, Mithu Dahi, Chutney Eeda Na Pattice, Fish Kabab, Masala Ni Dal and more. For dessert, enjoy Raspberry And White Chocolate Fondant. Vegetarian diners can gorge on a vast spread at Rs. 600 ++ including the Beetroot Cutlet, fragrant Vegetable Pulav, Papeta Pattice and Parsi Vegetable Curry.
Café at The NCPA, Nariman Point
Chef Farrokh Khambata curates a special menu for Parsi New Year celebrations. As part of a traditional bhonu one can expect to enjoy vegetarian delicacies like Lagan Nu Stew, Titori In Green Masala, Patra Nu Paneer, Vegetable Berry Pulao and Dhansak Dal. The non-vegetarian spread includes Jardaloo Sali Chicken, Bharuchi Akoori with Brun Pao. Priced at Rs. 1900/- + taxes per head for vegetarians and Rs. 2200/- + 1 beer pint or a mocktail.
Dinshaw’s Xpress Café, Oshiwara
Enjoy an authentic Bawa nu Bhonu from a set lunch or dinner menu this Parsi New Year. Vegetarians can enjoy Potato Pattice, Mushroom Salli, while for the non-vegetarians there is Kheema Nu Pattice, Chicken Farcha, Patra Nu Machchi and of course end your meal with Pallonji's Soda and Parsi Kulfi. The meals are priced at Rs. 429 for a vegetarian option and Rs. 469 for non-vegetarians.
Four Points by Sheraton, Vashi
Indulge in Parsi delicacies with a special menu curated for the occasion. The non-vegetarians can begin with Murgi Na Farcha, Patra Ni Macchi, Mutton Cutlet. For mains one can choose from popular dishes like Sali Boti, Sali Murgi, Eeda Ni Sauce. The special live counter offerings include Pora And Akuri, Tawa Keema and more. Round off your meal with desserts like Lagan nu Custard, Ravo, Sev. Available on 17th August 2017, from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm at Rs. 1250/- + taxes per person.
Gateway Taproom, BKC
Celebrate Navroze at the newly opened Gateway Taproom where Punch Nu Ale along with a special egg-based menu of Parsi inspired delicacies is curated by Executive Consultant Chef, Viraf Patel. The Punch Nu Ale is infused with cold pressed guava and pineapple along with lemon, rock salt and cayenne pepper. The menu is every egg lover’s dream come true with the classic Salli Per Edu – eggs cooked atop matchstick potatoes; Khattu Mithu Tamata Per Edu – sweet and spicy tomatoes topped with eggs sunny side up; Bharuchi Akoori – runny scrambled eggs cooked with caramelized onions, raisins, almonds and butter; Paprika Kheema Per Edu – minced lamb cooked in paprika, tomatoes and topped with egg. Egg dishes can be ordered À la carte and start from Rs. 210 + taxes whereas the Punch nu ale is at Rs. 265 + taxes for a glass.
So treat your palate to an array of Parsi delicacies this New Year and make it memorable.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.