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Sali Boti, Patra ni Machi and lots of pulao, that is how any Parsi tucks into their New Year celebrations and so should you! Restaurants in Mumbai are gearing up to present their best Parsi dishes but we've made things easier and listed out our favourites. Here are the Top 5 Parsi Bhonus in Mumbai this Parsi New Year.
Bawi Bride Kitchen - Single handedly responsible for making Parsi cuisine popular on social media, the Bawi Bride Kitchen is taking it a notch further and creating a unique menu this Parsi New Year. Some familiar dishes and flavours but in a whole new avatar. Kolmi No Patio Bombs (Rs 140) which is the perfect combination of prawn patio and a kebab. Double Decker Sali Boti Pie (Rs 450) a different take on the regular boti with lots of puff pastry that Parsi folks generally love. The regular Sali chicken swapped for a decadent 101 Almond Chicken Stew (Rs 450) and even a Pomfret nu Pulao (Rs 750) instead of the regular mutton.
Katy's Kitchen - Continuing his mother Katy Dalal's legacy, Kurush Dalal is one of the most popular Parsi caterers in Mumbai. This new year they have two menus, one for Pateti (16th August ) and one for New Year (17th August). A couple of interesting ones like Titori ma Murghi (Rs 300) or the Piseli Badam Darak Ma Gos (Rs 400) along with Sali Chicken (Rs 300) Patra ni Machi (Rs 800) and many other traditional Parsi recipes.
SodaBottleOpenerWala BKC - If there is one restaurant that captures the Parsi tongue and cheek humour it is Sodabottleopenerwala. This Parsi New Year the restaurant has a special set Parsi Bhonu including favourites like Chutney Eeda Na Pattice, Mutton Pulao, Fish Kebabs and plenty more. They have a separate vegetarian bhonu as well. The Bhonu is priced at Rs 700 ++ and Rs 600 ++ for the vegetarian one.
Black Stove Co. - This young catering duo has recently launched their catering company and have a dreamy menu for Parsi New Year. Apart from usual suspects like Pulao Dal and Sali Chicken, they have got some great variety with Chutney Eeda Pattice (Rs 120), Chicken Russian Pattice (Rs 140), Fish Vindaloo (Rs 300) and some excellent vegetarian fare like Vengnu no Patio (Rs 200) , French Bean Kebabs (Rs 200) and a Vegetable Lagan nu Stew(Rs 180).
Shamiana - The hotel is celebrating Parsi New Year with their special Navroze Brunch on August 17th. It is an exhaustive menu including some signature Parsi treats like lacy Lamb Cutlets, Chicken Farcha, Sali Boti and Prawn Patio. The real treat is the Live Akuri counter where you can have them whip up this traditional Parsi egg dish in any way you like. It is also the only restaurant in Mumbai that's serving a traditional Parsi styled Mawa nu Boi which is a fish shaped mithai.
The brunch is priced at Rs 3300 all inclusive for a non-alcoholic brunch and Rs 3500 all inclusive for an alcoholic one.
No matter which restaurant you end up at or where you order from, you can be assured a hearty meal this Parsi New Year. Navroze Mubarak!
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.