Persian Darbar, Andheri East

Nothing entices my taste buds as does Moghlai food. Cooked in aromatic spices and fresh herbs, the flavours linger in your mouth even after you are done eating. Persian Darbar is a perfect deal for Moghlai, North Indian, Tandoori and Chinese cuisine.
We’d been a number of times to their branch on the Linking Road, Bandra West to devour their ever-famous Dum Biryani. And each time I passed by the one in Saki Naka, Andheri (E), I always remembered just that. Finally, we couldn’t hold back our craving and made our way to the grand looking restaurant.
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Ambience is mesmerising and you are treated with a royal Persian feel. The chandeliers, the seating, the lighting…doesn’t impugn the fact of it being a Persian restaurant to the core.
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So does the reception…  Craving for some privacy, they also have a private AC section upstairs.
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They have a never-ending menu comprising of not only the Moghlai and Punjabi dishes like tandoori, grilled, raans,  biryanis and sea-food but also an array of Chinese dishes.
A good wholesome meal for two can cost you Rs. 1000 – Rs. 1300/-. That makes Persian Darbar cost-effective also.

For starters we ordered the Chicken Special Mix Kebab – a platter of Murgh Hyderabadi, Murgh Jalandhari and Murgh Dahi Lasuni Kebabs. All of which were melt-in-your mouth and strikingly delicious. I wished I could grab a more of them, but the platter was to be shared between the two of us 😦
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Mutton Biryani served as main course was incredible. It was way better than the one served in their Bandra outlet and the best among all the Biryanis I’ve had anywhere else in Mumbai. Silky soft rice with yummy masala, perfectly cooked and tenderized mutton pieces are bound to vow you. This should undoubtedly make Persian Darbar the “King of Biryanis”.
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We ordered for a Coke but much to our dismay, the waiter said Persian Darbar is a Muslim Restaurant and Coke and other aerated beverages were banned in there. All these beverages are banned in all the other Muslim restaurants too. When quizzed about the reason, the guy couldn’t give an answer that would satisfy us or anyone else for that matter. Bizarre is the word!

They had their own local product instead, the Big Cola, which he said was sweeter than the others. Not chancing it, we settled for a Fresh Lime Soda.

Last but not the least was the Caramel Custard with its sweetness to perfection. Keeping the calorie-obsessed mind aside, we went for seconds 🙂
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Service, I give a 11/10. If you ever happen to visit Persian Darbar, and if you are in luck, a person somewhere in his 50s might serve you. I respect his attitude and salute his service. Don’t hesitate to loosen your purse strings while tipping.

Persian Darbar hits all my check-boxes – ambience, service, food…
Except for the Coke disaster which seemed a bit racist, rest everything here is perfect.
A must visit for every Moghlai food and Biryani lover.

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Famous Eating Haunts

I always love making things easy for myself and everyone. We normally have a habit of digging a well when thirsty… Me, on weekends for example… I reach out to all possible sites to search for restaurant and the reviews weekends delicious. Thanks to Google and Justdial for making our lives so easy.
I owe a lot to one of my dear friends for his painstaking efforts and the time he put in compiling the list of famous eateries for me.
Finally here we are with 50 must eat delicacies in Mumbai.

Eat your way though Mumbai… at a glance!

1. Schezwan Crab, Fish Balti at Mahesh Lunch Home, Juhu
2. Berry Pulao and Caramel Custard at Britannia and Company Restaurant, Fort
3. Kheema Pao at Kayani & Co., Marine Lines
4. Mutton Dum Biryani at Zaffar Bhai’s Delhi Darbar, Mahim (W)
5. Mutton Raan Masala at Zaffran
6. Shahi Paneer at Cream Center
7. Vada Pao outside Kirti College, Dadar (W) and N.M College, Vile Parle (W)
8. Fish Fry & Prawns Koliwada at Jai Jawan Foods, Khar (W)
9. Dal Makhani at Preetam Da Dhaba
10. Butter Pepper Garlic Prawns at Gazalee
11. Baida Roti and Kebabs at Bade Miya
12. Biryani at Lucky Restaurant and Persian Darbar, Bandra (W)
13. Fish Curry Rice at Leopold Cafe, Colaba
14. Bun Maska at Sassanian Bakey and Boulangerie, New Marine Lines
15. Mava Cake at Mervans Bakery, Andheri (W)
16. Dal Makhani at Moti Mahal Reataurant, Bandra (W)
17. Chilli Chicken at Gypsy Chinese, Shivaji Park, Dadar
18. Fish Tava Fry at Jai Hind Lunch Home, Dadar (W)
19. Shwarma Roll at Maroosh, Carter Road, Bandra (W)
20. Patrano Machchi at Britannia and Company Restaurant, Fort
21. Chicken Club Sandwich at Cafe Noorani, Haji Ali
22. Misal Pav at Dutta, old Pune Highway
23. Bharleli Vangi at Gypsy Snacks, Shivaji Park, Dadar
24. Bhurji Pao at Santacruz (E) highway.
25. Jaggery icecream at Bojohari Manna, Lokhandwala, Andheri (W)
26. Veg Lunch at Govinda Restaurant, ISKON, Juhu
27. Maharashtrian snacks at Prakash, Dadar
28. Vodka Pani Puri at Pratap da Dhaba
29. Chilli icecream at Bachelorr’s, Charni Road
30. Misal Pav near Mamledar office, Thane
31. Filter Kaapi and Upma at Madras Cafe, Sion
32. Idlis at Idli house, Matunga (E)
33. Dal-phulka, Ganthiya Sabji, Masala Chaas in beer bottle at Bhagat Tarachand, CST
34. Dal Pakwan at Jhama Sweets, Chembur
35. Khichdi at Swati Snacks, Tardeo
36. Pav Bhaji at Sardar Pav Bhaji, Tardeo
37. Pancham Puri Wala near CST
38. Sizzlers at Kobe’s
39. Rustomjee’s Biscuit Icecream, Near Churchgate Station
40. Teesriya Sukha and Stuffed Pomfret at Sadiccha Restaurant, Bandra (E)
41. Sea food at Highway Gomantak, Bandra (E)
42. Falooda at Badshah Snacks, Crawford Market
43. Kakori kebabs at Kakori House, Saki Naka, Andheri (E)
44. Bakery items at Oven fresh,  Shivaji Park, Dadar
45. Churma Papad at Bhagat Tarachand, Zaveri Bazaar
46. Rajasthani / Gujarati Thali at Golden Star Thali
47. Chat at Elco Market, Bandra (W)
48. Dal Pakwaan at Vij, Chembur Camp
49. Chat at Bikaji, Malad Link Road
50. Stuffed crab at Goa Portuguesa, Mahim (W)

Please feel free to suggest if you have some more in mind. I’ll try to add them here.

Kakori House, Andheri (E)

We’d been planning to celebrate my birthday since last month, and it was only today that we finally made it. After hours of contemplation on where to eat, we thought we would step out and decide at the spur of the moment. So we drove down to SaKakori housekinaka, which is now abuzz with a handful of good eating haunts. There, just a couple of mins ahead of Times Square building, the bright red board of “Kakori House” attracted our attention and we’d made our decision. Kebabs it was!!! They have vallet parking, which made our parking job easier.

The place is small but well managed with closely arranged tables. The ambience hits a 3 out of 5. The “Burrp Popular Award” on one of the walls was attracting our attention. They also have 3 branches in Mumbai.

Service is super-fast, staff is friendly.

We’d ordered for Kakori kebabs, Galauti kebabs, roomali roti, warka paratha, chicken dum biryani, chicken korma and phirni. Food hits a 6 out of 5 here. Kakori kebabs are melt-in-your-mouth. Super!! so much so, we went for seconds. They reminded me of the ones I’d savoured in Falaknuma in Lucknow. Galouti kebabs were yummy but not of the consistency they ought to be. Roomali rotis are made of wheat. Biryani was silky and the aromas of the spices lingering in the mouth. The food was a true Lucknowy affair.
We were basking in the glory of the main course, when the dessert – phirni, was a major turn-off. It was served in a plastic container, something like a take-away. I am a die-hard phirni-fan, so seeing my favourite dessert being insulted like this, put me down. Also it was more of a custard than a phirni. Else, everything was more than pleasing to the taste-buds and the tummy.

I feel, I’ve found Lucknow here in my own Mumbai where I can savour my kebabs anytime I want. Thumbs up to Kakori House!!!