-By Rashmi Uday Singh
You say “Good Luck Cafe”, I say “Keema Pao”. This ageold, open, airy, bright, non-airconditioned restaurant is one of Bandra’s landmarks. Fans whir overhead and there’s bench-style seating for four to six on each table. Paints peeling from the ceiling and the black-and-white checkered floor that resembles a chess board add to the old-world charm. This Irani eatery has been attracting customers from near and far as well as celebrities from the nearby Mehboob Studio. Biscuits, chips and groceries (bread and eggs) for sale line the shelves of the antique Iranian-style cupboards near the cash counter. Visit early morning for a cup of Irani chai with Brun Maska. Or else grab a quick bite; the compact menu lists two dozen items, but service here is ultra efficient and excellent. Try their ever-popular Keema Ghotala - a mix of keema and egg, with excellent flavours. Keema Pao is a must. Also available are a variety of Mughlai dishes. Succulent and robust Chicken Bhuna tasted even yummier with Pao than the roti or naan with which it is usually paired. The Chicken Tikka Biryani too was good, with huge chunks of chicken and excellent portions, but parts were dry. The best part of the meal was that the food was cooked in five minutes flat and arrived at our table piping hot. Another discovery was the Masala Soda bottles, a rare find nowadays. Total VFM experience at this cafe that serves excellent food.
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