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Lower Parel welcomes Desi Culture

Though almost every Indian dish is fashionably altered, Desi Culture makes sure that the taste and its ethnicity is not hampered

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Desi Culture, a new watering hold at Lower Parel is not only gaining popularity for its scrumptious food but for its crazily smart offer. They will serve you butter chicken at just Rs10 and this will go on for an entire week. Starting from April 10 and ending at April 16, this is your only chance at relishing your most favourite Indian dish at such dirt cheap price. Situated right next to Bar Stock Exchange, with an offer like this, Desi Culture has just doubled its chances of growing.

Desi Culture is a child of Corum hospitality and promises to offer some lip smacking Indian cuisine with a touch of western. The place is full with a few Indian artifacts like trucks, coloured lunch boxes and some chinaware. With bright coloured tall bar stools and park-like concrete benches, the place has quite a desi ambiance.

From Red Velvet Dhoklas to Nasheele Achaars, from Chicken Tikka Sev Puri to Motichur Tarts with Elaichi foam, the menu offers a perfect blend of global cultures and flavours, be it Indian or oriental. This innovative bistro brings to Mumbai a diverse platter of delectable dishes for you to devour on a high note with tempting starters like Chakli Aur Chutney and crunchy chaat items like Bhelpuri Granola with Yogurt Foam and Dhuandar Chinese Bhel. Not only that but the drinks are also served in a desi style. Desi Culture has a whole section dedicated to chakhnas and chaats.

We started our gastronomical journey with Chakli Aur Chutney (Rs70). It is a regular butter chakali served with schezuan sauce. From the chaats, we ordered Bhelpuri Granola with Yoghurt Foam (Rs140), Red Velvet Dhoklas (Rs110) and Hajmola Dahi Bhalla with Jaljeera Sorbet (Rs120). Bhelpuri Granola with Yoghurt Foam does justice to the roadside chaat that we have on regular bases. One might have a second thought while ordering Red Velvet Dhoklas but it a must try! The Red Velvet Dhoklas though may appear sweet, possess a touch of spiciness and is cheesy. It tastes good with the chutney. Hajmola Dahi Bhalla with Jaljeera Sorbet is something that the chef prepared in front of us. With the help of liquid nitrogen, he garnished it jalapeno paste and jaljeera sorbet.

Our host came in with Tamatar Ka Shorba (Rs120). The soup was a tangy and warm tomato soup. From the starters we tried Resham Murgh Tikka (Rs120) and Basil Garlic Paneer Tikka (Rs240). The starter were really good. Resham Murgh Tikka was a winner! The chicken was tender and juicy. It was laced with creamed cheese and topped with masala omelet sauce. The panner which was marinated in cream and basic- garlic paste was soft.

From the cocktails, we tried the Desi Zombie (Rs300), Desi Tharraa (Rs300) and Jamaican Paradise (Rs300). The Jamaican Paradise is made of tequila, brandy, coconut liqueur, passion fruit, blue Curacao, pineapple and lime juice with sugar syrup. While Desi Zombie contained Old Monk, Bacardi, Captain Morgan with some sugar syrup and grapefruit juice, Desi Tharraa comprised of white rum, coconut water, coconut liqueur with lime juice and sugar syrup. One thing common in all these three cocktails was that they were extremely limey. The lime overshadowed the rum and coconut taste. The drinks didn’t live up to its expectations.

We concluded our meal with Old School Dark Chocolate Cassata (Rs180) and Rose Kulfi served with Frozen Gulab and Namkeen Jeera Chikki (Rs250). Both the desserts lived up to their mark. They not only win our hearts with their taste but also with its presentation. The classic desserts are revamped beautifully.

Though almost every Indian dish is fashioned and altered, the taste and its ethnicity is not hampered. The place, indeed, does not burn a hole in your pockets. Desi Culture is the ideal place where the molecular gastronomy does not overshadow Indian cuisine.

Where: C Wing, Trade World, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel
Timing: Noon to 4pm
7pm to 1am
Cost for two: Rs1200

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