|Parsi food thankfully is accessible to all!|
|My Parsi family who made me feel at home in Mumbai. |
Mom in law Pervin, wife Kainaz, masi Farida, Mama Freddy
Miss you daddy
|Tirandaz talks about his plans to put up an aircon which get scuttled by the family elders|
|The evergreen Mr ZendIrani|
Tirandaz too supports his father Mr Rashid Irani and uncle Zend, in running Yazdani. When the 'grown ups' are not around Tirandaz might even let you peek into the bakery and its majestic, deep, wide fired oven where the near Biblical bread is freshly baked from early morning.
What you can do is go there and enjoy a slice of a fast disappearing city formerly known as Bombay while you still can.
The new name is inspired by the nickname 'Jimmy', that the owner would give while placing trunk calls to Australia to Aussie telephone operators who could not pronounce his Parsi name.
Jimmy Boy today is a full fledged Parsi restaurant and bakery. Its revival has been spearheaded by the young, hard working, Sherzad Irani, the owner’s nephew.
It is a rare Parsi restaurant that is open for dinner.
The menu consists of sarya (papad) and lagan nu achar, rotli (Parsi for roti) sali margi or chicken farcha (you choose), patrani machhi or saas ni machhi, mutton palao dar, laganu custard or koolfi. The vegetarian option has dishes such as laganu stew (more like a dry sabzi!) and veg pulao dar (dal).
Its owner, the ever smiling and soft spoken Perzen Patel used to run a motorcycle repair garage at the same premises. One day he decided that he would follow his other passion, the love for food, and open a restaurant.
Ideal Corner is a small place, with a mezzanine floor and is packed during lunch time. It is shut at night and on Mondays. It is possibly my favourite Parsi restaurant in town and I used to often come here for lunch when I used to work out of the nearby Laxmi Building.
|Perzn Patel of Ideal Corner|
What I like about the food here is that there is a certain home-like feel to it. In fact I know of Parsis who approve of the food here. Believe me, it is tough to get a Parsi to like Parsi food served outside their homes. Plus there is so much variety in the way the same dish could be cooked across various Parsi homes and restaurants.
So here's wishing you a wonderful Parsi New Year and please celebrate it the way Parsis do by eating well.
Some of the material in the post has appeared as extracts in Eazy Diner