Descendants of the persecuted Zoroastrians who fled Persia during the early Arab-Muslim invasions, the ‘Parsis’ (literally, Persians) eventually settled along the west coast of India, primarily Gujarat and Sindh. From that time they have developed a distinctive, hybrid cuisine, taking the best of their extravagant Persian dishes, and incorporating the rich Gujarati and Maharashtrian flavors with refined British influences. Parsi food is famed for being full flavored, exotically composed and perfectly balanced in terms of spice and is gathering quite a following in the Capital. Here is a list of the 5 Best Parsi restaurants in Delhi/NCR – head over for an amazing culinary experience!
1. Parsi Anjuman
Probably the most popular Parsi restaurant in the Capital, this cafe is located within the Parsi Dharamshala in Delhi. The place is known to serve authentic and tasty Parsi food, including Dhansak (only served on Sundays), Patra ni Macchi and Mutton Cutlets, all at an unbelievably low price. The restaurant is open from 12:30 PM-2 PM and 8 PM-10 PM.
Where: Delhi Gate, Parsi Dharamshala, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, Near Daryaganj
Cost For Two: Rs. 700
2. Soda Bottle Opener Wala
The second of three best wholly Parsi restaurant in Delhi/NCR (there are only three!), SodaBottleOpenerWala is another popular option. The restaurant has the feel of a Parsi joint in Mumbai, and is beautifully decorated with antique rustic furniture, vintage wall posters, mirrors and much more. The food is authentic and irresistible – try the Sugarcane with Bacardi, Dhansak and Mutton Berry Pulao.
Where: DLF Phase II, Near Building No 8, Gurgaon-02 or 73, First Floor, Khan Market
Cost For Two: Rs. 2000
3. Rustom’s Parsi Bhonu
Rustom’s Parsi Bhonu is a homely 20-seater restaurant with a heavy Bombay feel, which specializes in home deliveries. Their menu is selective, but serves the best of Parsi cuisine sourced from old family recipes and cooked to perfection. The portions are generous and the food tastes delicious – try the Dhansak and Salli Boti.
Where: 94A & 94B, Adhchini, Aurobindo Marg
Cost for Two: Rs. 1300
A popular Lebanese & Parsi joint in South Delhi, it serves a variety of Meditteranean, Middle Eastern and Parsi dishes. They are known for their delicious shawarmas, and kebabs, including Chicken Shawarma Wrap, Koobideh Wrap and the various platters.
Where: Hauz Khas Village, Building 26, Ground Floor, Hauz Khas Village
Cost for Two: Rs. 1100
5. Café Lota
Found near Pragati Maidan, Café Lota serves dishes sourced from different Indian states, including some of the best Parsi Salli Boti in Delhi/NCR. A visit here is definitely worth the effort!
Where: Café Lota, National Crafts Museum, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan
Cost for Two: Rs. 1000