A quaint little restaurant in Daryaganj, Rustom’s – Parsi Bhonu offers a wide variety of authentic Parsi recipes cooked in a way that makes you feel right at home. When it comes to authenticity, Rustom’s is the best bet and, no wonder, they're a part of Essence Of Asia's list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in 2021! The quirky menu is the first thing that you will notice. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians both have a lot of options to choose from.
We started with the Buff Cutlets and the Tareli Macchi (Fried Masala Pomfret) and both were extremely well-cooked. The Chicken Vindaloo, a Parsi variant of the of the classic Vindaloo, was mildly acidulated, well- flavoured using the Sum-Bhaar mix of family spices. It was the protein rich Masoor Ma Gos, which really impressed us with its ‘melt in the mouth’ meat and the balanced spices.
We tried two drinks, The Pallonji’s Soda Raspberry and the Rustom’s Ginger Fizz. Both drinks were prepared well, but one could ask for them to be a little less sweeter as that tends to tone down the other flavours. For something sweet after your meal, the mawa cakes need to be ordered, as do the jam thumbprint cookies that reminded us of our childhood favourite biscuits.
We recommend this restaurant for anyone who loves Parsi food or wants a good experience to start with; this place is perfect for quieter scenes. Simple wooden furniture, plain walls with old photographs, a vintage pendulum wall clock, lace curtains and servers who always have a smile on their face; this place feels like home.