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What is an Irani cafe set-up doing in the middle of Mumbai’s swankiest five star hotel, I wonder. I ought to be glimpsing Salade Nicoise and asparagus quiche; not brun maska and paneer akuri in a place like Pondichery Cafe, Sofitel Mumbai BKC! And then it dawns upon me. The Parsi New Year is almost upon us and the good folks at Sofitel want me to have my dinner “Khavanu, pivanu, majjani life” style.
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Although I’m hungry, I decide to walk around the restaurant first, admiring all the creative Parsi flourishes. At the live counter, paneer akuri and sali par edu occupy pride of place but there is much more on the blackboard menu: cream roll, bun maska and double omelettes. I love the toffees in a tin and the crates of raspberry soda, so typical of old Irani cafes…
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