‘Tis the time for celebrations, and with the Parsi New Year coming up, we only need one more excuse to delay our diet plans. Whether you are Parsi and would like an occasion to celebrate with friends or are a novice who doesn’t mind experimenting, check out these city restaurants and cafes serving up some festive Parsi food.

Lunch at Umame

Umame is holding a Parsi New Year lunch with a lavish spread for INR 1,650. This is a set menu and it includes achar, which is made of carrots, saria {chips}, rotli {chapati}, patra ni kolmi {prawns wrapped in banana leaves}, mutton berry pulao, and, of course, you can’t have a Parsi meal without sali chicken. Try their dessert option, which they call a Disappearing Dome of Chocolate. Don’t we know where it will disappear.

Photo source: Umame

Photo source: Umame

Parsi New Year at the NCPA

Feast into a truly Parsi meal with chef Farrokh Khambata’s Parsi New Year menu at Café at the NCPA for INR 1,950. Things to try here are the jardaloo {apricot} sali chicken, bharuchi akoori with brun pao, which is egg bhurji, and leg of ham with mustard, brown sugar and glazed pineapple.

Heave a sigh of relief as there are vegetarian options like spinach crepes with champagne cream, panko-crusted cottage cheese, lagan nu stew and more. End the meal on a perfect note with the scrumptious desserts including Kahlua crème caramel, jalebis with Cointreau and their signature NITRO pomegranate and rose petal kulfi.

Photo courtesy: Cafe at the NCPA

Photo courtesy: Cafe at the NCPA

Bawa Nu Bhoni Parsi Menu at Dinshaw’s Xpress Cafe

Earlier a piece of our childhood, Dinshaw’s no longer just our place to go to for ice-cream. All through August, you can visit here for a full Parsi menu. Dhansak rice, sali boti, berry pulao and chicken farcha {fried chicken}, akuri toast, you name it and they have it, for prices starting at INR 99.

For the love of food, they have their menu organised into different food items like pao, edu, mutton, vegetarian and so on. If you want something sweet but keeping in mind with the theme, there is their Andheri Nu Dikra Sundae with Parsi favourites like Shrewsbury biscuits from Pune dipped in Nutella, choco pie, brownies, Toblerone, hot fudge and Belgium chocolate ice cream. The old-school way will lead to Masala Thums Up and raspberry mojito here.

Photo courtesy: Danshaw's Express Cafe

Photo courtesy: Danshaw’s Express Cafe

Parsi New Year at Pala Fala

Navroze celebrations are no small feat at Pala Fala. They have planned for August 16 and 17 a special lunch and dinner buffet for INR 900, and not just that, a Parsi Lagan Nu Bhonu Box which can be home-delivered for INR 800. The buffet has options of mutton cutlet, patra fish, pattice, sali chicken and a lagan nu custard. The box has all of those, lagan nu achar plus chapati included too.

#LBBTip: Entry for the buffet is by prior reservation only, so don’t forget to make your calls.

Photo source: Pala Fala

Photo source: Pala Fala

The Canteenwala Menu at The Bombay Canteen

Bombay Canteen’s Canteenwala menu has been put together by four culinary Parsi experts, Shirin Adenwalla, Katy Billmoria, Perzen Patel from the Bawi Bride Kitchen, and Kainaz Contractor along with the team at Bombay Canteen for both classic and reinvented Parsi dishes such as a Russian pattice pav sandwich, Saas Ni Maccchi {pan-seared boneless pomfret}, and chutney eeda farcha, which is a fried potato pattice with a soft egg and chutney stuffing.

#LBBTip: Consider this 15 days of feasting as the menu continues till August 31, so you can indulge in these Parsi favourites even after the celebrations have ceased.

Photo courtesy: The Bombay Canteen

Photo courtesy: The Bombay Canteen

Parsi Saas vs Bahu menu at SodaBottleOpenerWala

Photo courtesy: SodaBottleOpenerWala

Photo courtesy: SodaBottleOpenerWala

From August 11 to 21, SodaBottleOpenerWala, the contemporary Mumbai Irani Cafe is starting a war of the families {and palates} with their Saas-Bahu menu and thalis this Parsi New Year. The restaurant will showcase rival menus of daughter-in-law Akshata Karkaria, the bakery and R&D chef at SodaBottleOpenerWala and her mother-in-law Bachi Karkaria, who is a renowned columnist with Times of India newspaper.

Look out for tareli macchi, tarela souffle and gos {mutton} no saas, and for the vegetarians, doodhi nu pattice, veg. Yazidi salad, Saas nu papeta and Falooda in Bachi’s thaali. We are excited about Akshata’s shepherd’s pie, jumbo prawn kari and mithoo dahi with ginger thins.

Akshata’s veg menu is for INR 600 {plus taxes} and non-veg menu for INR 750 {plus taxes}, Bachi’s veg menu is for INR 600 {plus taxes}, and non-veg menu is for INR 850 {plus taxes}.

#LBBTip: The duo are demonstrating a few dishes on August 20 between 4pm–6pm, so watch and learn, guys.

Photo source: San:Qi, Four Seasons

Photo source: San:Qi, Four Seasons

Parsi menu at San:Qi, Four Seasons

Since this is a celebration with family, why not a big blow-out at Four Seasons? You’ll find on the menu your traditional dishes like tareli macchi, kheema pateta no pattis {spicy lamb stuffed with potato}, tomato eedu, patrani macchi {pomfret enclosed in a leaf with spices and coated with chutney}. Also binge on murgi na farcha {chicken legs deep fried}, kolmi na kari chawal, which is prawn curry with rice, and end it on a happy note with semolina milk pudding with nuts. This menu will available till August 20, and starts at INR 900.

Featured photo courtesy: The Bombay Canteen