The Bombay canteen (Laxmi mills, Lower Parel, mumbai)

This is a review of Assamese food festival at the Bombay canteen 3rd April 2027 to 16 th April 2017
To read more about Bombay canteen pls click here.

In a nutshell:

An Unmissable food festival in mumbai (specially for people from eastern part of india and anyone else who appreciates good, flavourful but subtle food.

Meal for 2: 1800 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:

We read about this festival on the social media and called in advance to book for a table. As expected, they had long reservation queues.

As a part of the decor they had put a miniature Assamese hat on the table and a traditional Assamese male scarf.

Food was served on kansa ware.

Serving staff patiently came and explained each and every dish and explained all the queries in detail.

The evening turned out to b a marvel. The festival is Highly recommended by Yummraj.

Detailed description- in case u hv the time to njoy reading:

Gila pitha with Assam tea. A crisp chhena jalebi lookalike that is made from rice flour and jaggery – perfectly crunchy, sweet and bitter aftertaste – brilliantly balanced. Excellent. Loved it. Rate it 4.5/5

Rangona fulor fuluri – pumpkin flower batter fried. Outstanding crunch in the batter. Very good pumpkin flower (plucked at the right time) that had good favours. Loved it. Rate it 4.5/5

Chai chai chai – a cocktail with Smirnoff, Smirnoff orange and Assam tea decocotion. Great mix leading to an ice tea on steroids!!! Loved it a lot. Rate it 4.5/5

Jholpai achar was rustic, slightly sweet, sour and a tinge of salt. Not too much masalas on the face but very tasty. Rate it 4.5/5

Baingan (aubergines) and Sesame seeds pithika was outstanding, unbelievable and just beyond words. Flavours of aubergines was intact while that of sesame seeds made their presence felt. The sesame paste tasted magical and elevated the roasted aubergine to a new level. Rate it 4.95/5

pumpkin leaves and tender jackfruit seeds curry was very enjoyable. The rough textured pumpkin leaves and their unique taste was so nice. The jackfruit seeds were soft and tender. The thickened thin gravy was superb. We enjoyed several spoons of it just as it is, like a soup. Rate it 4.5/5

Torai (ridge gourd) and bhetki fish thin gravy was excellent. They had added fish stock while cooking do that flavours of fish get incorporated into the gravy. Flavours of pannch phoran masala were evident and enjoyable.

Unlike at Assamese homes, the fish was cooked separately ( boneless and skinless) and served with the tenga ( thin gravy). This ensured that the fish was very flaky and unbelievably juicy. It was super fresh and tasty too. Rate this dish 4.75/5

Canteen apong was a drink made from pineapple, Orange and alcohol. Flavours of both the fruits expressed themselves in layers. Loved it. Rate it 4.25/5

Banana flower with bengal gram curry was very nice. The astringent feel of banana flier was very well removed. Taste was very good. Rate it 4.5/5

Baby potato fry was unstoppable. The hand Wud race to the bowl to pick more and quickly transport to the mouth. Wow. The extra small potatoes (cooked with skin) were brought from Assam for this event. Very very tasty and juicy. Rate it 4.75/5

Daal with Lauki/ghia/doodhi (bottle gourd) and Assamese coriander leaf ( that is what we were told) was very good to taste – subtle, not in the face, very enjoyable texture, great taste. The lauki was a bit over cooked. Wud hv preferred it to retain its texture a bit more.

If daal makhni or tadkewali daal are the only varieties of daal u enjoy, this one might disappoint u…. rate the dish 4.25/5.

Sticky rice was served in a bamboo stem carved out like a container. Loved the sticky rice. Once again not every one will like this. It takes time to appreciate this.

Crackling pork belly atop Assamese Pork curry was a revelation. Crackling pork belly was one among the best we have ever had – ai delhi, smoke house room delhi etc.

The layers of fat and meat were perfect. Every bite was a mouthful of robust meaty flavour and a medley of textures. Unbeatable. Rate it 4.95/5

The pork curry was very good. It had cubical pieces of pork and potatoes. Once again, very YUMM to taste. Good meat. Rate it 4.5/5

Rate the dish 4.75/5

We got a complimentary dessert by accident – someone else’s anniversary tart arrived at our table by mistake . We sent it bk to the kitchen but the chef sent it once again to us….,, well we had a faboulous kairee mango tart – tangy, sweet. Brilliant within. The tart base cud hv been better.

Overall rating of food at Assam festival averages out to 4.6/5

Wud highly recommend……

7 thoughts on “The Bombay canteen (Laxmi mills, Lower Parel, mumbai)

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