Farzi Café, a chic upscale eatery brand from the stable of Massive Restaurants by Zorawar Kalra already having presence in Delhi is debuting today on the Mumbai gourmet scene. Tales of its intriguing gastronomy abound among epicures of Mumbai and it was about time that the brand introduced its fascinating creations to the taste buds of Mumbaikars. So, when EazyDiner, an online platform reputed for curating special dining experiences and helping patrons with reservations to remarkable restaurants offers you a special preview of the Farzi Café in Mumbai, it is an invitation you cannot refuse.
It was a privilege to hear Vir Sanghvi, co-founder and lead critic at EazyDiner talk about this famed café and the experience that awaits scores of gourmands in this city. Zorawar Kalra, the man behind creation of the Farzi Café brand was also present at this preview to familiarize foodies with his notion and vision of creating the Farzi Café. The idea is crystal clear – contemporize the Indian cuisine and also deliver a classy Indian touch to popular Continental delicacies, which have become revered dishes amongst Indians today. The name ‘Farzi’ has been in fact been arrived at to elucidate an “illusion” created with the dishes using molecular gastronomy .The job of executing this enthralling “illusion” with food and beverages in the café has been entrusted to 28-year old Chef Saurabh Udinia.
Ashish Milind, Food and Beverage Supervisor with Massive Restaurants jovially provided insights regarding various tapas and drinks for the evening. So, here is a glimpse of my gluttony at this special preview soiree:
START TO THE GLUTTONY
Since the café is all about creating illusions with food and using principles of molecular gastronomy to enthrall patrons, the palate cleansing MISHTI DOI SHOTS provide a befitting start to the ensuing tasting of various fares. These shots comprised of globules of the famed Bengali curd preparation mishit doi (jaggery sweetened curd). The membrane of the globules was thin and formed of the curd itself. A light bite into the globule collapsed the membrane to instantly exude the trapped delicious liquid curd.
We were served a host of delicious appetizers that involved an interesting twist to regular Indian and Continental dishes.
The cocktails at this café have attention-grabbing names and make for a beautiful sight. However, since I was to be at the wheel, I restricted myself to two mocktails listed under the heading FARZI SHUNYA in the bar menu.
The gluttony was wrapped up with a very tantalizing sweet delight, the BAILEY’S LOLLIPOP. This was a beautiful interpretation of molecular gastronomy where a milk reduction was endowed with a drop Bailey’s Irish Cream and the liquid was encased in a delicate chocolate sphere arrived by rapid freezing of molten chocolate.
Farzi Café is all set for a launch today in Kamala Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai and I extend my good wishes to the entire team of Farzi Café.
So, do try out this café and let me know of your experience.
Till then, HAPPY EATING…
- Regional Indian Food & Travel enthusiast