-By Rashmi Uday Singh
No frills, open for lunch only, this 90-year-old spartan, non-airconditioned Irani eatery is set amidst the beautiful stone buildings of Ballard Estate. It's a must visit for its Iranian Berry Pulao and the smattering of Parsi dishes too. Peeling walls, simple table-and-chair decor weave a charm of their own. This high-ceilinged cafe once actually had a live rooster on its owner's desk. Now his garlanded photo hangs on a wall. The owners, Afshin Kohinoor and his 90-year-young father, Boman Kohinoor, are always here. Of course, what's really well-known and well-loved (justifiably) is their signature Iranian Berry Pulao (available in three variants: mutton, chicken, vegetable) generously flavoured with onion and tomato. The Patra ni Machhi is fresh and unerringly steamed in chutney, the Mutton Cutlet Gravy is good, as is the Golden-fried Bombil and Sali Mutton. Sadly, the Parsi Dhansak can do with a lot of improvement. Outstanding Caramel Custard. It gets warm in this high-ceilinged restaurant, so enjoy a Fresh Lime Soda, rosy Raspberry or even a spicy Ginger Soda and take in the charm all around. How we wish they were open for dinner and on Sundays!
Review posted more than a year ago
Went there recently and was surprised to see this much celebrated & talked about restaurant is actually very simple. It has that old world charm, no a/c's, basic furniture and cutlery, high ceiling.
Most charming though is that a 75 something gentleman...perhaps one of the owners came to take our order and made us feel comfortable.He recommended on knowing we are there for the fist time.
What followed was simply amazing food, we went for berry pulav both mutton & chicken, saali mutton and ended with caramel custard. amazing treat...only disappointment was patri (may have the first name wrong) fish..steamed, wrapped in some green chutney. Its pretty famous but i definitely think its an acquired taste..so go for it with that thought.
Brilliant food otherwise, they say they use only the finest rice..costing 175 Rs a kg. Mutton was very well cooked, tender both in pulav and saali boti..chapatis very soft.. ...very warm people,spacious place and truly worth a drive down from lokhandwala. Visiting bombay this place was always on my 'must go' list and i cant wait to repeat my visit.
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: mutton berry pulav, saali boti mutton
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