I’m addicted to Parsi food. And criss cross Mumbai looking for it (Please see box) So when I hear that “Jumjoji” ( in Bandra Reclamation, shut several years ago) has been born again. I rushed to check out one of my most favorite cuisines with my favorite people.
From fabulously curated Parsi food walks to equally fab international tours, this lovely bubbly food and travel writer, has been making waves. ofcourse knows her Parsi food really well. Roxanne Bamboat is the tiny taster with a huge fan following.
Makeup artist to the whos who and celebrities, Tejas Shah is a celebrity himself. From natural to outlandish, this genius is in great demand for print, runway, bridal, TV and film work . It is his birthday celebration time and what better than Parsi food? The great fun Tejas is a dyed in the drool foodie, most of his friends are Parsis, ofcourse, he loves Parsi food. We have a super afternoon. But would we make a special trip ? Not really.
Its called the “Orb” and is a sprawling gleaming shop and dine mall nudged next to the JW Marriott, Still work in progress. Tucked away here, Jumjoji charms with it’s décor. Tiled floor, chandeliers sepia toned photos, antique type writer et al.
You must read their menu with great care. It’s wittily written. Each dish is credited to a Parsi aunty or uncle. We ordered across the menu at lunch time. I went back for a quick recheck (after landing at T2) and tried their vegetarian dishes. Its the soft, springy mutton kababs with just the right sparkle of spice that we recommend. The rest of the dishes, though attractively served, lacked the authentic Parsi flavour.
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Im on a quest. Ever since the charmer Kali Mody took me to Ripon club (almost forty years ago) for a fabulous Parsi meal, Ive been on the lookout to find the Perfect Parsi restaurant. Ofcourse, I wait impatiently for an invite to a lagan nu bhonu, to sit under the stars in the Agiary, roll up my sleeves and mop up the robustly spiced fare from the glistening banana leaf. Here, Tanaz Godiwala reigns supreme. Sadly, however we have very few Parsi restaurants, Ideal Corner (Fort) Britannia (Ballard estate) are open only for lunch, Jimmy Boy (Horniman Circle) disappoints, Sodabottleopenerwala (BKC) scores high on charm and the opposite for it’s food. A while ago, I went rushing to Andheri w to “House of Daaruwala” which was not upto much and has since shut down. RTI and it’s Picollo have limited options but fairly good ones. A few restaurants do have a sprinkling of passable Parsi dishes.
So Im constantly checking out Parsi caterers, many who work out of home. Here are a few Ive tried…
Tanaz Godiwala 9820133399 /Mahrukh Mogrelia 9892513577 /Perzen Patel 9819285720
Havovi Shroff 9820945024 /Kaizad Patel 9820200133
Please mail and add to this list with names of your tried, tested tasted Parsi caterers and restaurants. Rashmiudaysingh18@gmail.com