In a nutshell:
A legendary Parsi restaurant run by a Parsi family, has good service, has a very retro look, serves good Parsi food but surely not the best Parsi food I have ever had.
Address & other details: britannia
Meal for 2: 500 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & nonvegetarian
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I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.
Short description – in case u r in a hurry:
Five years back we were in mumbai on our way to Goa and we had dined at Britannia. That was our first ever exposure to Parsi food. We remembered that experience fondly for so long, till we revisited recently.
Last time the owner (I think octogenarian) himself was going from table to table to collect orders. He was also talking to all guests and having small conversations. We were so impressed with his spirit.
This time he was around but he was not the one taking the orders. He was generally talking to guests.
The restaurant has, I guess, not changed much since it was first opened. The writing on the facade is so retro. The ceilings r high. There is a part of the dining hall which has two floors.
Old advertisements r still around.
The place smells heritage.
Furniture is all wooden. The tables have a cloth cover and a glass atop it.
The service guy was very good and helpful.
The best Parsi food We have had so far was at a Parsi food festival in gurgaon at Amaranta, curated by a Parsi chef couple who do Parsi weddings. The next best we had was at Parsi anjuman. Very close to it we found was the Parsi dishes at NCPA cafe, Nariman Point ( coz it has a Parsi chef).
Britannia ranks 4 th in our experience so far…. Food at Britannia was slightly better than at Jimmy boy. I did not add sodabottleopenerwala in the list as it is not a true blue Parsi restaurant chain but it surely does a great job in representing the cuisine. It’s one of our favourites.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
Patrani macchi was outstanding. It was pomfret wrapped in a leaf and grilled. The green marinade of the pomfret was outstanding.
Mint flavours were enjoyable. The taste had a good balance of slight sweet n salt. The fish was super fresh and enjoyable. Rate it 4.5/5
Mutton cutlet was very nice. It had strong meaty flavours and a soft inside. On the outside there was a crisp coating. Loved munching on this Yumm dish. Rate it 4.25/5
Mutton dhansak was good but not great. There was nothing wrong in it but nothing wow. Rate it 3.5/5
Berry pulao was a dish we remembered since our first visit here. However this time we did not feel over joyed like last time.
Either the food was awesome that time or maybe it was our introduction to a new dish. Many berry pulaos later wud rate this berry pulao at 3.5/5
Salli boti is deep fried potato sticks sprinkled over mutton curry. The Salli was lovely.
The curry was just about good. It lacked the intensity that a great mutton curry has. Rate it 3.5/5
Mishti doi – don’t know how this Bengali sweet curd made its way to the Parsi menu but it was excellent. Perfect balance of sweet n sour. Thick, awesome curd. Rate it 4.5/5
Caramel custard was outstanding as well. It was thick, intense and very good to taste. The burnt caramelised feel accentuated the experience. Rate it 4.5/5
We hoped to eat the famous Parsi dessert dish Lagan nu custard (custard served at weddings) but they were not serving it that day.
Overall rating of food at Britannia averages out to 4/5
I wud revisit this place for the retro experience but not necessarily for the food. While we loved the desserts & the starter, the main course had a lot more to expect from…