It is logically impossible to plough through Ramzan in Mumbai without visiting the bustling streets of Mohammad Ali Road, Bohri Mohalla, or Mahim Dargah Khau Galli for a hearty iftar meal, complete with smoky kebabs, creamy phirni and melt-in-the-mouth nalli nihari. This year, however, has been different with people staying in due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
But images of juicy meat flanked on blackened skewers, the inviting aromas of freshly prepared dal gosht and the enticing sound of jalebi being made inside a cauldron full of piping hot oil, continue to haunt all Mumbaikars, lockdown or not. Well, now, all your Ramzan cravings and foodie daydreams can come true, for restaurants in Mumbai have begun delivering these treats right at your doorstep. We picked the best.
Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar, Mohammad Ali Road and Dongri
With multiple outlets in South Mumbai, Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar is delivering meal boxes. Packed with popular offerings, such as chicken samosa, apple chicken, chicken naan sandwich, Al-Baik fish, chicken cutlets and veg rolls, these meal boxes come in portions for two (between Rs 299 and Rs 399) and four (between Rs 649 and Rs 899). For dessert, which comes an add-on, you can choose between a plain and mawa malpua,or order both.
How to order: Call Mohammad Ali Road outlet – 022 2340 9911/22/33, Dongri outlet – 022 2343 3339/3341/3954
Lucky Restaurant, Bandra and Goregaon
This 81-year-old iconic Bandra eatery – which also has a branch in Goregaon – is serving kheema pav, kebabs and lip-smacking varieties of biryani. If you live in and around Bandra, you can also order in Lucky’s bakery specials, such as Russian cutlet and rolls. The restaurant recommends their spicy butter chicken.
How to order: Call Bandra outlet – 022 2644 2973, Goregaon outlet - 022 2876 5599
Persian Darbar, multiple outlets
Highlights of Persian Darbar’s festive menu include the extravagant non-vegetarian platter, featuring gosht Lucknowi seekh kebab, murgh dilkhush tikka, special chicken mix tikka and special gosht mix kebab, apart from staple curries and rice dishes. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s mawa phirni, gulab jamun, egg pudding and kunafa to choose from. We love their trendy new addition –a meal package for six called, Paak Saaf Iftaar Box, which includes Persian chicken stick, masala aloo or chana, mutton shami kebab, chicken biryani and dates. If you call early, you may even get to taste their raan specialties.
How to order: Call on 8080808694 or order online via official website, Swiggy or Zomato
Lucknowee Tunday Kebab, Jogeshwari
Based out of Jogeshwari, Lucknowee Tunday Kebab is known for its Chindian and Mughlai fare, but famous for their meaty kebabs and varieties of dum biryani. Unlike most places, Lucknowee Tunday Kebab’s menu has made few alterations to its menu for the lockdown. You can still relish its flavourful veg and non-veg shorbas, seafood and meat curries and rolls, with phirni, caramel custard and rabri, for desserts.
How to order: Call on 8451878889 or order online via Swiggy
Noor Mohammadi Hotel, Bhendi Bazaar
No Ramzan food trail at Mohammad Ali Road is complete without Noor Mohammadi’s famous chicken Sanju baba (a recipe dedicated to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt), chicken hakimi and nalli nihari. Order in and pick from a range of iftar snacks, like chicken cheese roll, cheese corn ball, chicken lollypop and chicken satay. They are also offering iftar boxes in premium and exclusive assorted variations, which serve up to two and five people respectively. For accompaniment, there’s also dahi kachumbar and schezwan sauce.
How to order: Call on 8080092786
Shalimar Hotel, multiple outlets
Call it a juice stall, bakery, sweet shop, fast-food centre, or, a restaurant, for many Mumbaikars, Shalimar is like a second home. A few of its popular offerings include falooda, raan biryani and mutton samosas. For Ramzan 2020, Shalimar’s catering service is delivering iftar meal boxes. You can pick between the box of four or seven, which come with starters, like chicken burnt garlic, chicken cream tikka, and chicken cheese bhuna roll; mains, including mutton biryani and chicken tikka biryani; and dessert, such as shahi tukda and malpua.
How to order: Delivering in Bhendi Bazaar, Jogeshwari (west), Vashi, and Saki Naka via Zomato and Swiggy. For free home delivery (4pm to 8pm) between Byculla and Colaba call on 9167102287/9172166681
Deluxe Restaurant, Kurla
Ramzan specials at Deluxe in Kurla include mango phirni, malpua and malai rabdi. In addition to those, the restaurant is also delivering its signatures, murgh musallam, chicken seekh handi, mutton angara, dabba gosht, Deluxe special dal tadka, chicken pakoda and mutton biryani with freshly made naans and tandoori rotis.
How to order: Order online via Zomato or Swiggy or call on 022 6173 6151
Baba Falooda, Mahim
For the uninitiated, falooda is a scrumptious summer treat that has rose-and almond-flavoured milk with basil seeds, vermicelli and ice cream. Baba Falooda serves several variants of this refreshing layered dessert in a glass. Malai falooda, dry rabdi falooda and Baba double special falooda are a few of their best-sellers.
How to order: Online via Zomata and Swiggy or call on 9769917909
Note: The menu of these restaurants in Mumbai is subject to change on the basis availability of ingredients in the lockdown. Please call the restaurant to confirm before ordering.
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