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Jamva Chalo Ji: An LBB Guide To Where To Feast On Parsi Food This Navroze

Divya posted on 16 August

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The Parsi community may be a small one, but their food is always big on flavour! To celebrate Parsi New Year – Navroze – we’ve rounded up 5 of the best places to go and feast on some delicious bhonu. Jamva chalo, ji!

Bawajees Dining

Started in June 2017 by Behroze and Phiroze Dastoor, Bawajee’s Dining promises an elaborate Parsi spread for Navroze. Usually served at weddings and on good occasions, this traditional feast is called a ‘paath’, and something every Parsi looks forward to eating! Nibble on Parsi wafers, and tokri paneer; enjoy a taste of sweet-spicy lagan nu achar and rotli; stuff your face with mutton pulao-dar, sali na margi, patra ni machi, bharuchi akuri, and finish it off with a helping of lagan nu custard for dessert. You’ll definitely need a nap after this! Seating for 20 – 30 people is available at the restaurant, but you can also order home delivery via Dial-A-Meal. The authentic bhonu platter is available on the 15th, 17th & 22nd of August, at INR 950/head.

Casual Dining

Brahma Estate, Shop 19, C-1, Kondhwa, Pune

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Rustom's

Kick it old-school at Rustom’s in Camp! Running since 80+ years and counting, Rustom’s is a family run Parsi eatery, nestled away near Fashion Street on MG Road. Currently run by Farheez Irani and his father Rustom, the restaurant was started way back in the day by his great-grandfather, but changed hands a few times before coming back to the family around 20 years ago. Their Navroze Special features dhan dal with either prawn patio or tandoori pomfret, with achari murg, prawn kebabs, and mitthi sev. The set menu is priced at INR 730 per head, and you need to place your orders by Tuesday the 15th of August, or not later than 11:00am on the 16th.
Fast Food Restaurants

122, Near Fashion Street, MG Road, Camp, Pune

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Zamu's Place

Another stalwart for Parsi food in Pune, Zamu’s Place is serving a la carte traditional dishes on the 17th, for Navroze. On the menu is mutton pulao {INR 420+}, chicken or veg pulao, patra ni macchi {INR 600+}, kid ghosh {INR 400+}, sali boti {INR 350+}, sali chicken {INR 300+}, chicken farcha {INR 250+}, mutton cutlets {INR 380+}, parsi stew {Rs. 250+} and lagan nu custard {INR 250+} for dessert. They make limited portions of this special bhonu, so come get your fill while stocks last!

Casual Dining

189, Nirmal Apartment, Dhole Patil Road, Sangamvadi, Pune

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Cafe Hormuz

Newly minted Irani – Parsi Cafe Hormuz was started in May 2017 by Dinaz and her husband Jamshed. Dishes like sali boti {INR 380}, murghi na farcha {INR. 270}, kheema par eedu {INR 120} and chicken dhansak (though it is never eaten on good occasions) {INR 250} and Nowruz Faludeh {INR 95} are available a la carte, but you can order specials like kid ghosht, dhaan dal kolmi patio, patra ni macchi and more, upto a day in advance.
Cafes

Shop 1, Opp. HDFC Bank, Near Dutta Mandir Chowk, Viman Nagar, Pune

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Dinshaw's Xpress Cafe

Dinshaw’s, one of the oldest ice cream manufacturers, started their own diner-cafe in Pune not too long ago. To celebrate Parsi Navroze, Dinshaw’s Xpress Cafe is running a special menu all through the month of August. The veg menu starts at Rs. 399, and the non-veg menu at INR 499. Parsi and Irani favourites are available a la carte as well. Their Chicken farcha {INR 220}, Kheema Ghotala {INR 300}, Mutton Berry Pulav {INR 350} and Salli Murgi with Rice {INR 250} sound good enough to tempt us!
Cafes

Vrindavan Society, Shop 21/22, North Main Road, Lane 6, Koregaon Park, Pune

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#LBBTip

Where Else Cafe is also working on a special menu for the 17th, featuring classics like mora dal chawal, ros gos, jinga nu patio, chicken farcha, and bheja masala. A meal for one would cost you around INR 500+.