Farzi Cafe : Enjoy a Farzified Culinary Ride #FarziFeast #FBAISoiree

By Harshada




There are some food places that are on every foodie's list. The frequently hash-tagged,instagrammed ones, others from epic legendary joints consistently serving great food over many years and a few out of curiosity. For us, Farzi Cafe qualified in all of the above categories. Molecular Gastronomy, Fusion Food is picking up in India, and Farzi Cafe is a place giving you a pocket friendly yet elite culinary experience! Even if the above terms sound very scientific and western, what you get on our plate is very much Indian, with a Farzi Twist of course! They love to call it Farzified!

When FBAI(Food Bloggers Association of India) gave us an opportunity to be a part of FarziFeast, (at Farzi Cafe,Kamala Mills ,Mumbai)we were quick to pounce on the opportunity.Travelling from suburbs to town on a lazy Sunday afternoon took some convincing for our lazy minds, but it was indeed rewarded with a tangy Banta cocktail served promptly as we settled on our tables. Even before we could sit back and look around the interiors , the well groomed staff effortlessly managed to grab our attention.Smartly dressed in white n red suspenders, earphones and confident looks, they were all very well co-ordinated and knew exactly what they were doing! Sipping the Aam Papad Banta, which was a Vodka based cocktail in mango juice with a chaat like after taste , took away the travelling stress.

As I sat admiring the wooden clay finished jaali roof and walls and the contrasting ambiance which was a dim lit seating,a long bar and western music being played moderately loud(thankfully not thumping loud), the Food arrived. Though we missed the Mishti doi based palate cleanser, the appetisers made up for it all.

Mushroom Kurchan Kulcha

Mushroom Kurchan Kulcha were small miniature dough stuffed with a flavorfull mushroom filling and baked. The covering got a bit chewy, but the mushroom kurchan filling was worth scooping out from each kulcha that was served.

Dak Bunglow Chicken

Dak Bunglow Chicken was a spicy chicken drumstick, served with Garlic Boursin. The presentation of each item was as unique as their names.

And then came a truck load of  Upma Mozzarella sticks and Besant Nagar Chilli Fritters(stuffed bhavnagri mirch pakora). Both were average on taste but scored a full on presentation. The Kheema Ghotala Hot dog had a flavorful kheema n egg over a bed of soft bun.

 

The prawn based appetisers stole the show.

Tempura Prawns with lemon aire

Black pepper Garlic Prawns

The prawns had a decent size , freshness and were cooked just right to maintain its juiciness and tenderness. The winner was Tempura Prawns with lemon aire.. though Black Pepper Golden Garlic Prawns gave a tough fight.

The main course was a bit disappointing,especially the Charred Artichoke Bissebelle Bhaat and Wok tossed vegetables with Tamarind Peanut Salan. The dish couldn't strike a chord with my taste buds.

Chicken tikka masala and Naan/Bissibelle Bhaat

Shwarama Biryani

Wok tossed veg in tanmarind peanut salan

But the Chicken Tikka Masala with Cornish crunchier Naan was the best tasting restaurant made tikka masala I ever had! The Shwarama Biryani had a lovely presentation. The mutton was tender and well cooked and the rice was delicately flavored and spiced.

Before we could realize, it was late afternoon and with tummies full we stopped the flow of any more food and drinks , but insisted on dessert be served ASAP..(attribute that shamelessness to my sweet tooth)

The Ghewar Malai Tart was the taste that kept lingering till I reached home. A perfectly light tart sized Ghewar with light cream ,nuts and Saffron Aire or foam was a perfectly Royal way to end a FarziFeast.

Our Verdict: The Bar is where there's a lot to be explored. The cocktails and mocktails were the best concoctions we had in a while.

The Appetizers are the ones to binge on. Especially Prawn based.

Main Course, the Tikka Masala for sure.

Dont miss on any desserts. I m sure i ll go next just for the Farzified appetizers and desserts..

So when do you plan to get Farzified??

 

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Author Sonali sonali@namakshamak.com

Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a fast growing teenager and a homemaker.I love to cook, read and travel ( and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.Being born and brought up in Mumbai which is often called “a melting pot of culinary delights” helped me explore and experiment with a wide range of cuisines.So come share with me the tang of lime, the bite of chilli, the fresh herbs, the crunch of raw veggies and experience the wide spectrum of textures and sharp flavours of different cusines.

Author Harshada harshada@namakshamak.com

I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to NamakShamak.com..my little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.

I hope you find my recipes helpful and my blogs as interesting as much as I ve enjoyed Cooking ,Clicking and Writing them.

Happy Cooking!

About Harshada:

Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog NamakShamak.com, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). Namakshamak.com and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.

Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.

Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.

She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.

 

 

 

 







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