One new restaurant or even a new outlet by the culinary maestros Kalras and it wrestles for everyone’s attention. Among the renowned Massive Group restaurants, one restaurant brand to reckon with is the Farzi Café which has successfully expanded its footprint across different cities. The hot new dining address in the city is its newly-launched outlet at Lower Parel, spread right in the epicentre of the High Street Phoenix Mall.
The first look of it with its chic and classy, white façade boasting of arched windows is contemporary and we have to admit, is stunning. The outlet occupies 2,000 square foot space and takes inspiration from terracotta and wood in its interior elements. After being wowed by the interiors, we couldn’t wait to try out the food. Our culinary journey started with the Aloo Bukhara Kale Salad which was dressed with fresh plum, grapes and goat cheese crumble with cranberry dressing. Our taste-buds assured us that it was well-garnished with almond slivers. The salad ended up giving us a lesson on how the humble greens can be transcended to an interesting and utterly delicious dish.
Next up was the Dal Chawal Arancini which has the familiarity of home-cooked dal chaawal morsels which are crumbed with papad and served with tomato salsa to recreate the Italian arancini balls in an epitome of fusion. We also couldn’t wait to try the Galouti Burger. One look of it on the menu stoked the urgency of biting on the juicy burger. It was layered with galouti kebab and ghee roasted tawa boti and the caramelized onions added the right crunch, making us feel glad that we opted for it.
Tempura fried prawns tossed in homemade mayo and served with nimbu mirch air was another work of art. However, the Lahori Chicken Tempered Yoghurt served with butter and cream sauce with its indulgence and rich flavours hogged the limelight for us. The next in the mains, the Mutton Pepper Fry with Malabari Paratha cooked in Southern spices and served with fluffy malabari paratha was like a piece of heaven which we relished to the core.
Dessert was an interesting affair which started off with the Flourless Chocolate Bar. Lovers of dark-chocolate and those who swear by gluten-free desserts, rejoice! Because these chocolate bars served with Tutty fruity ice cream and fresh fruit are sinful without being overly indulgent. The next on the table, the Ras Malai Tres Leches garnished with rose petal net with its depth of flavours is like a dessert-lover’s dream come to life.
Childhood was served on a platter with the Parle G Cheesecake. The rich Philadelphia Cheesecake sandwiched between Parle G was dipped on a bed of luscious rabri and chocolate gems. It still makes us swoon apart from evoking a rush of nostalgia and was definitely a befitting end to the culinary extravaganza. One thing that deserves big praise is the fact that while there is molecular gastronomy, it doesn’t take away from the textures and flavours of the dishes. Every dish here lends an element of surprise into the fray and the fact that all of the food, service and décor tick the right boxes, we are sure that this outlet too with its unique theatrics, is sure to magnetize a huge amount of fans.
Address: Farzi Cafe
Ground floor, High Street Phoenix,
Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
Phone: 074000 66824
Note: The writer was invited by the restaurant but all the opinions expressed herewith are her own.