Moombai & Co. Café and Bar, H Hotel
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.