Mumbai or rather India would not have been the same had the Parsis and later Iranis not arrived on its soil and imbibed it with their beautiful culture. While their contribution to the business world is remarkable, their distinct, gastronomy is equally illustrious and in a way through the century old Iranis cafés is also the foundation of the eating out and socialising culture in many cities of the country especially Mumbai.
Hence, it comes as no surprise that when millions of Mumbaikars seek nostalgic food experiences in the city, they find themselves landing up at the handful of Irani cafes, bakeries and Parsi dairies still surviving in the city. Bun maska, brun maska, Irani chai, phaeteli coffee, berry pulao, kheema ghotala, patra ni macchi, mawa cake, akuri, poro, mawa ni boi – the list of their culinary enchantments is extensive and one that every Mumbaikar loves to indulge in without drilling a hole in his/her pocket. I, like most Mumbaikars, am a zealous fan of Parsi and Irani food and always on the lookout for experiences that can educate me more about these two, closely related communities.
Since I am blessed with a sweet gum, I have a proclivity for desserts and I am always looking out for new sugar treats to sample during my travels. While most of us have indulged in Baklava and it is the most popular Middle Eastern sweet, there are other sweet treats one should definitely not miss out on whilst travelling to the Middle East.
Below are six such delightful sweet treats:
A visit to this incredible cafe had been on my culinary bucket list for a long time. Hence, I was eagerly looking forward to my trip to Abu Dhabi to experience its food and hospitality. Traditional meeting contemporary, luxury coupled with finesse, grandeur with a touch of warmth was what I experienced when I went in for an afternoon tea here. The menu was riveting and sumptuous to match the plush settings of this opulent cafe and I could not wait to indulge in their gastronomic marvels.
So, here is a look at my gluttony at this magnificent cafe:
- Regional Indian Food & Travel enthusiast