Evolving the Parsi culinary legacy, the House of Daaruwala which is the newest Irani all-day cafe and bar comes as a breath of fresh air after the recent number of Irani cafes shutting down in the city. The restaurant opens up in Andheri, right from breakfast time and promises to fulfill all the Irani and Parsi food cravings that one dream of and drools for. The place looked interesting to me and I decided to give it a shot!
The restaurant’s decor reflects Parsi humor. Think quirky dinner tables in the form of carrom boards and antiques that are sourced from old Parsi homes. The intriguing, unusual and unforgettable cuisine has a lot to offer from traditional Dhansak and Farcha to Sali boti. I started off with the special chicken farcha which was the bawa version of deep fried marinated chicken coupled with garlic mayonnaise and chutney was crisp and mushy. The Chicken Kabab and Mutton cutlets served with mint chutney to add some zing are pitch-perfect and spiced to the tee. They’re delicious to say the least!
Daaruwala’s baida roti fried Indian flatbread filled with spicy mince and egg is a foodie’s delight. The main course comprises of the signature Parsi dishes including the Sali boti, a fantastic dish of melting mutton in a beautifully caramalised gravy, topped with crunchy fried potato straws) strikes the perfect balance between khaatu-mithu(sweet and sour). I absolutely enjoy the symphony of these flavors.
The chicken berry pulao which tastes authentic but heavenly is sure to be an instant hit. All to be washed down with the refreshing raspberry soda, the much loved palate cleanser of the Parsis. To end with the delightfully rich Parsi sweets Caramel Custard and bread pudding was a perfect sweet ending. It won’t be far-fetched to claim that the bread pudding remains one of the best I’ve had. The indulgent Caramel Custard is so irresistibly good that you won’t spare a morsel!
Needless to say, it’s turned me into a fan of Parsi cuisine ever since I have dined here. With its slick ambience and affordably priced makes the experience ethereal. Add to this, the mind-blowing food and efficient staff, this one is a winner all the way!
Where: House of Daaruwala
1, Green Fields Society, Lokhandwala Complex,
Andheri (W), Mumbai | Timings: 9 am to 1.30 am
Phone: Tel: +91 9136279904 / +91 9136279905
Note: The critic was invited by the restaurant but all the opinions expressed herewith are her own