While you might miss the hustle-bustle of Mohammed Ali Road this Eid, you can still celebrate with good food and your loved ones in the comfort of your home
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Piping hot kebabs grilled on barbeque sticks, the aroma of biryani, and the bustling hum of makeshift food counters – this used to be a typical scene at South Mumbai’s famed foodie paradise Mohammed Ali Road during the holy month of Ramzan. However, things are different this year.
As India fights a hard battle with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Maharashtra government has implemented strict lockdown-like measures since last month. Restaurants and food joints are only allowed to deliver. Hence, the usually vibrant South Mumbai neighbourhood will be missing the outdoor festivities during Eid this year.
But don’t let that dampen your festive spirit. Mumbaikars can still celebrate Eid by ordering food and enjoying it from the comfort of home. Mid-Day.com lists some of the places you can order scrumptious dishes from this Eid.
Pack-a-Pav, Bandra, Versova, Powai and Fort
Keema ghotala. Pic Courtesy: Pack-a-Pav
Inspired by the popular dishes of Mohammed Ali Road, Pack-a-Pav is including signature dishes such as haleem and nalli nihari. The menu also includes keema ghotala, chicken biryani, mutton biryani, herb seekh biryani, mutton and egg kebab, chicken and cheese kebab, and many more such mouthwatering dishes.
Saffron by The Sassy Spoon, Nariman Point
Paneer Patiyala kebab. Pic Courtesy: Saffron by The Sassy Spoon
If you are in the mood to order a three-course Eid meal, check out this restaurant’s offering. For appetisers, they have vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian platters. The vegetarian platter comprises dahi kebab, paneer makhanwala stuffed naan, veg seekh kebab and paneer Patiyala kebab. Dum aloo Kashmiri biryani, butter chicken biryani and mutton rogan josh are some of the biryani options available. A meal isn’t complete without something sweet, and you can order the kesar phirni and moong dal halwa. The menu is available until May 17.
The menu is available on Swiggy, Zomato and https://saffronbysassyspoon.dotpe.in/order
The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel
Tandoori raan. Pic Courtesy: The Bombay Canteen
This Lower Parel restaurant is known for adding a contemporary twist to traditional dishes, and going by its popularity, it is safe to say it has succeeded. For Eid, they have a very special dish for foodies in the city. They are serving whole tandoori raan — stuffed with seekh kebab-spiced chicken and boiled eggs, and served with caramelised carrot pulao and ‘laal sauce’. This dish is available only for pre-order, which has to be placed with a 24-hour notice. It is available until May 16.
To place your order, send a WhatsApp message to 9620789797
JW Marriott, Juhu
Gosht dum biryani. Pic Courtesy: JW Marriott, Juhu
With their Marriott on Wheels initiative, this luxury hotel is delivering delectable dishes at home. They have curated a Ramzan special set menu. The vegetarian set menu includes dishes such as vegetable pakora, beetroot galouti, subz gilafi seekh, amchuri bhindi, and other such dishes. The non-vegetarian set menu consists of Afghani murgh tikka, chicken pakoda, keema pav, tawa murgh, gosht Rogan josh, Awadhi gosht biryani and so on. The orders will be delivered between 10 am and 10 pm. Also, you need to place your orders a minimum of two hours in advance.
To place your order call 9004616506/ 7304519279 / 66933344
Old is gold
Lucky Restaurant, Bandra
Almost any foodie Mumbaikar worth their nihari will recommend Lucky’s biryani if you are new to the city. Lucky Hotel and Restaurant located near Bandra station has been an iconic landmark of the area since 1938. While you cannot visit it, that shouldn’t stop you from ordering in. Apart from their famous biryanis, you can also order chicken pulao, chelou kebab, mutton khepsa, mutton korma, and many more tasty dishes from their exhaustive menu.
Call: 26442973/ 26516019. You can also order via Swiggy and Zomato
Persian Darbar, multiple outlets
Another very popular chain in Mumbai. Pre-Covid-19, it would be difficult to get a seat at their restaurants on the weekends. Pick specialties such as murgh Jalandhari tikka masala, gosht nalli barra masala, and mutton Patiala. You can also try the Russian pulao, prawns biryani and dabba gosht. For sweets, they have dudh mawa soji and a variety of halwas to choose from.
You can place your order on Swiggy and Zomato
This iconic South Mumbai eatery is famous for its rolls. But this festive season, they have introduced three iftar boxes in three different price ranges. These iftar box meals comprise chicken seekh kebab, mutton bheja, chicken bhuna, caramel custard, and other options. You can also order from their regular menu – from an array of kebabs to biryanis and, of course, rolls.
Call: 22880040; or place your order on Swiggy and Zomato
Shout out to the good samaritans
Project Rise volunteers distributing Eid ration kits. Pic Courtesy: Dawoodi Bohra, Project Rise
As the state struggles to cope with the second wave of the pandemic, there are those in Mumbai who are doing everything possible to help others. It is important that while we celebrate this festival, these organisations are also recognised.
One such initiative is the Dawoodi Bohra global philanthropic initiative, Project Rise. To celebrate Eid, they are packing and distributing Eid ration kits to families of camerapersons who have been one of the hardest hit due to the spread of the second wave of coronavirus in Mumbai. The kit includes 10 kg rice, 3 kg sugar, 3 litre oil, and other essential grocery items that will help these families.