So here’s another quite an intriguing take on fusion foods that this upmarket diner Farzi Café at Lower Parel has to offer. We’ve reviewed some restaurants in the past that have incorporated some elements of fusion foods into their menu such as Desi Deli and The Big Bang Bar & Café, but Farzi Café had some selling moments too!
Recently, The Lifestyle Portal dropped by to explore what their kitchens would be surprising us with their exclusive concoctions of food and beverage. As soon as we walked in an enthusiastic and smart entourage of their staff who were constantly on their toes to ensure that we all had a memorable dining experience welcomed us.
Our food bloggers’ rendezvous started off with a freshly crafted Farzi Apple Foamintini – which was served in a shallow dish on a glass bowl with smoked ingredients such as fresh mint leaves. And as we all settled down at the #FBAIsoiree we dug into freshly fried Upma and Curried Mozzarella Bites served on exclusively designed toy trucks. I seriously wanted to take that truck back home – for me, it is detailing such as these make a dining experience very unique.
Even the Besant Nagar Chilli Fritters will take you back the memory lane of a trip to the Indian countryside where you’re served freshly fried pakoras, but this, of course, was with a Farzi twist; and we loved this too.
We even tried the Mushroom Kurchan Kulcha – mini pockets of kulcha stuffed with minced cooked mushroom – unfortunately, it didn’t go down the palate too well. Mushrooms are enjoyed best when they’re in their full form, maybe chopped or sliced, but when minced like that, the taste buds kind of get a little confused as it tries to differentiate the seasoning and the core ingredient – initially I thought it was cooked banana flower (like a mocha’r chop we Bengalis make).
Then there was the Kheema Ghotala Hot Dog served with online and mint salsa, but I made my way to the Black Pepper and Golden Garlic Prawns with braised bok choy – I liked this one, mainly because I like prawns and I also liked the subtle hint of black pepper in the Bengal inspired Dak Bungalow Chicken Garlic Boursin.
For the main course we ordered for a Hand Pulled Pork Kootan Fried cashew nuts which was not bad, but something was amiss for me, maybe I’m used to the chunkier and glossier versions of the meat in a pandi curry in Coorg or a Goan masala in Panjim, this fusion flavour didn’t quite do the trick for me, though the presentation was quite something.
We concluded our meal with a Farzi Sundae that came in a mason jar filled with pistachio, blueberry and brownie – for me, it had too many elements for a dessert. A dessert should be neat, with one or two primary flavours maybe with contradictory characters, yet complimenting each other beautifully.
To conclude, if you’re in that part of town and want to enjoy a good fusion meal with family and friends, a lunch or dinner at Farzi Café is not a bad idea at all. Drop by and enjoy some refreshing cocktails and dig into some freshly created fusion foods and don’t forget to bring me back a food truck.
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