The Parsis in India emigrated to Gujarat from Iran more than a 1000 years ago. They are known for their love for mutton and slow-cooked meats with spices. The main ingredient of Parsi cuisine is their love. In addition the flavour of their food is often sweet-sour in nature. That’s why you will see a combination of Vinegar and Jaggery in so many dishes.
On the eve of Parsi New Year The Marine Plaza Hotel plans to celebrate with Parsi cuisine with some well known delectable dishes in their menu. This will be in addition to their regular buffet of Indian and western dishes.
The date was set and so was the bloggers table. Chef Rishi and Ms Kaveeta – P R Manager joined us at table and greeted us warmly. The evening began with some insightful discussion about Parsi dishes and the menu for the day.
Up the grand staircase you enter the Bay view restaurant`, It overlooks the Marine drive through big windows. The restaurant has a ship interior theme with Porthole like windows and eye catching artifacts. My childhood memories came gushing back, dining with my dad Captain S. J. Irani in the ships dining room mess. It always used to be a large long table with fine cutlery and a set menu to choose from.
SPECIAL PARSI MENU
First came the Patra that was a special item not listed on the menu.The Patra were crisp and thinly sliced. They were a combination of sweet and spicy flavour that is so typical of Parsi cuisine.
The Potato fish cakes were deep fried in egg batter, soft centred, one could actually tell the ingredients. I felt there was less of fish in the cake yet it tasted quite yummy.
Up next came the soup, and although I’m not a soup person I was wanting to try it. It was the Laganshala soup, a vegetable broth blended with lentil, it had a good texture and thickness however I didnt want to fill myself up with it hence just had a few sips.
One of my favourites of the evening, the evidently hyped Chicken Farcha, unlike the parsi contemporary which is fried in egg this Farcha was crumb fried and crispy. A much inspired dish that will be enjoyed by all. I only wish I had some tartar sauce or dip to lick it off the bone like the Parsis do at weddings.
We also Had Brown rice with Prawn curry. It was an hybrid version of curry and patio we parsis make and devour with plain rice and dal. Here I must mention use your fingers and forget fine dining.
The Lagan nu Custard was with a twist. It came set in a cup, this time unlike the general custard that is over powering with the sweetness of caramel, I was surprised with the pleasant flavour of a baked pudding with pistachio.
Psst Psst- We never got to try the Patra ni Macchi but Chef Rishi promised it would be there on the special dinner on the 18th of August.
The regular Buffet Has Soups, salads, live Pasta station, Sushi and many more vegetarian and non vegeatarian dishes.
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Marine Plaza’s buffet every night is INR 1300+ taxes.
Special Parsi Buffet on the 18th of August is INR 1500+ taxes.
HAPPY BINGING EVERYONE….
or should I say……
JAMVA CHALO JI 🙂
The Marine Plaza
Call- 022 2285 1212
Address: 29, Marine Drive, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020(The author was invited to be a part of the bloggers meet)