Despite the many Parsis living in Mumbai, access to a good hearty Parsi meal isn't easy for many diners. The handful of Parsi restaurants and Irani cafes are all in South Mumbai with a few exceptions and sadly not everyone has the time or energy to make the trek from other parts of the city to enjoy a traditional meal. When you ask a Parsi friend for recommendations, they will always laugh and insist that the best food is eaten either at someone's home or at a wedding. For folks who do not have friends to cook for them or wedding invitations, these four caterers are your best bet. Call them, ask for recommendations, place your order and enjoy!
Tanaz Godiwalla - When it comes to Parsi food the first name that everyone thinks of is Tanaz Godiwalla. She is a legend with Parsi food and one of the most trusted names to cater at large functions. You don't need to attend a Parsi wedding to sample her food. She will happily take bulk orders but you will need to pick it up from her central kitchen. She's the best of the best and revered by almost the entire community. Top picks here are her Saas Ni Macchi and her Sali Chicken.
Katy's Kitchen - Another legendary Parsi food caterer and author of a very successful Parsi cook book was Katy Dalal. Her food was relished by many and she was an inspiration to many cooks and chefs. Her legacy is continued today by her son Kurush Dalal and daughter in law Rhea Dalal under the brand Katy's Kitchen. While they cater events, they are often the first folks the community thinks of when they are lazy to cook and want to order in. Katy's Kitchen delivers all over Mumbai and the dishes to try here are their Bheja Nu Cutlets and Mutton Pulao Dar.
Bawi Bride - Sadly the breed of traditional Parsi caterers is a dying one, but young chefs like Perzen Patel have decided to inject a new lease of life with her innovative catering brand called the Bawi Bride Kitchen. What started off as a blog to document her trials in the kitchen as a newlywed has overnight morphed into a massive business. A lot of Mumbaikars might not be aware of older caterers but they certainly know the Bawi Bride and frequently order her meals. The menu is extensive and constantly changing but our top picks include her Mamaiji's Prawn Curry, the Mutton Kebabs and the Lagan Nu Custard.
Mahrukh Mogrelia - The latest person to take the Parsi catering by storm is Mahrukh, who not only takes orders but hosts elaborate meals at her home. If you want to get a real sense of Parsi food and a host to give you more insight into the cuisine and the community then look no further than Mahrukh. Along with hosting meals and catering on a regular basis, she also offers cooking classes should you wish to actually learn how to make Parsi food. The best things to try here are the Tareli Prawns, Parsi Akoori and the Tarapori Patio With Saaria.
Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.