In a nutshell:
A canteen run by a Parsi couple, inside a Parsi Dharamshala, serves fabulous Parsi food – one of the best among many Parsi food experiences we had. To top it, the conversations with the warm & hospitable hosts Mrs & Mr hansotia made the afternoon memorable.
Food has to be pre ordered two days prior so that there is no wastage of food.
Surely better than Britannia, Jimmy boy & some other famous Parsi restaurants of mumbai.
Address & other details: Meher caterers
Phone: 098314 03863
Meal for 2: ₹1200 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian also, predominantly non vegetarian
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Short description- in case u r in a hurry
We have been eating commercially available Parsi food for almost one & a half decade now. We have eaten at the famous but not so good ones like Britannia mumbai, newer ones like rustom’s, sodabottleopenerwala & jumjoji & also at the amazing but not so widely known among non Parsis – PAC, cafe farohar, udvada , a pop up at amaranta restaurant, Oberoi gurgaon by chefs tehmtan & shernaz durania & our most memorable experience so far – Parsi anjuman delhi.
So when we heard of this Parsi restaurant in kolkata from our friend prof sengupta, we decided to pay a visit. Our friend Anirban Halder joined us & we had a great time.
We got to know that one has to call / WhatsApp to place an order 2 days in advance.
The menu is available on the google link – Meher
We got to know from Meher & Dara hansotia that this restaurant was opened to outsiders (non Parsis, not residents of Dharamshala) 8 years back when they moved to kolkata from Ahmedabad.
Dara is the Manager of the Dharamshala & He & his wife Meher manage the canteen. Dara cooks himself. Both of them organise the lunch. A boy helps them serve food & probably help in the kitchen.
Both of them are very warm & great to chat. We loved our conversation with them. We recounted our earlier Parsi food experiences while speaking to them.
Dara explained each & every dish to guests , going from table to table. He also mentioned how Parsis eat every dish. E.g. put the brown rice on plate. Pour dhansak on it. Add the kachumber on top. Squeeze a bit of lemon on top.
The building is retro. Pretty well maintained. Clean huge courtyard.
The dining room has 3 tables with 4-6 chairs.
100% of the furniture are real wood, period furniture & super retro.
A wall clock that needs weekly winding, had a nice bell.
The unmissable part of the time spent here was with their pet – super active, always playful & ready to mingle with strangers.
Food was outstanding. Surely Among top 5 Parsi meals ever, for us. Experience was just memorable.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
We ordered the following for 5 of us. The food was just right. The portions are practical & good.
Chicken farcha 3 pieces
Mehers special cutlet 2 pieces
Mutton dhansak 3plates
Patrani fish 3 plates
Salli gosht. 3 plates
Lagan nu custard 3 plates
Chicken farcha – deep fried batter chicken. Excellent . Juicy chicken on the bone. Crisp outer layer. Perfect seasoning. Everything just right. Rate it 4.5/5
The chicken farcha at PAC – Parsi amelioration committee mumbai was better than at Meher caterers.
Mehers special cutlet was just outstanding. Juicy & bursting with flavors pulled chicken cutlet that was just too good. Rate it 4.95/5
Mutton dhansak was very good. For the first time in so many years at a Parsi restaurant someone told us how to eat this. Loved the dish. Loved the way the meat & daal flavors mingled. Rate it 4/5
Patrani fish was excellent. Strong flavorful green paste & the best quality kolkata bhetki did the magic. Perfect seasoning. Rate it 4.5/5
Salli gosht was finger-licking good. For the uninitiated, Salli means matchstick shaped deep fried potato. Gosht is mutton.
I actually finger Iicked the plate till the last drop of gravy. Salli was crisp & contrasted very well with the gravy. Meat pieces were outstanding- perfectly cooked, falling off from the bones. Rate it 4.95/5
Lagan nu custard was insane good. For the uninitiated, Lagan means marriage. So name of this dish means – custard served during marriages.
Perfect everything. The charred ends were fun to munch on. Rate it 4.95/5
Overall rating of food at Meher caterers averages out to 4.64/5
Did not expect so good in kolkata
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