Moom­bai & Co. Café and Bar, H Ho­tel

Friday - - ROUND UP -

Nos­tal­gia hangs heavy in this mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the tra­di­tional Parsi café with its retro Bol­ly­wood posters, and ma­hogany fur­ni­ture and fifties vibe. Its Di­wali menu is a flavour mon­tage of all the vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties and cul­tures the max­i­mum city is made up of. Crunchy savouries such as mathri (flaky savoury bis­cuits), chivda (curry leaves­flavoured sa­vory flat­tened rice) and Mum­bai’s fa­mous melt-in-your mouth short­bread bis­cuits naan khatai stir things off. En­joy them with a cup of cut­ting chai. Mor­eish starters such as spongy gu­jarati snack khaman dhokla, Kab­uli channe ki tikki, crispy tareli kolmi (fried shrimps) are sur­passed by mains such as malai kofta, Veg­etable tehari, murgh ka salan, zaf­frani gosht biryani, which if it runs too hot on the spice scale for you can be cooled down with com­pli­men­tary raita and yo­ghurt dips ac­com­pa­ny­ing the food. The rich trifecta of desserts brings the nos­tal­gia to full cir­cle with shahi tukda, a bread pud­ding drenched in saf­fron-in­fused milk, mawa gu­jjia and moti­choor malai a mod­ern take on panna cotta and the In­dian sweet lad­doo. Dh250 per per­son. From Novem­ber 5-10; visit moom­bai-co.com.

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