The Big Hungry Panda


Leopold Cafe

Brought Into The World Of Victorian Bombay By Persian Irani Immigrants, Parsi Cafe’s Have Enthralled Each Of Mumbai’s Visitors Over The Years, Not Least For Their Riveting Premium Food, Accessible To All. Leopold Or Leo’s In Particular Was Opened In 1871, And Its Courteous Waiters Have Never Seen Closed Doors Since. Crowded From Around 11 am Daily, It’s All The Better That This Vintage Monument Opens Shutters At The Crack Of Dawn.

Here’s What I Had:

1) Fish And Chips - Rs 460
2) Mutton Kheema Pav - Rs 240
3) Budweiser (650 ml) - Rs 500 + Rs 67 tax

Initiating One Into The World Of Assimilated Cuisines, Parsi Food Comes At The Very Top Of The List. Combining The Base Of Persian Food Habits With Gujarati Availability, Bombay Sensibilities & British Glamour, The Irani Cafes Of Bombay Did Well In The Kitchen. Exceedingly. The Rich Keema Pav They Prepare Is Testament To That. The Buttered Gravy-Thick ‘Bhuno’ Mutton Mince Is Paired With A Fluffy Bombay Pav, 6 Of Which (4 Extra) Were Just About Adequate To Slop Up The Divine Affair.

Fish And Chips Is Another Proof Of How Modern Parsis Were Back In The Day, Offering The Most Standard Of British Food To Stay With The Anglo or Anglo-Phile Crowd. This Batter Fried Fish (Basa Or Pomfret, I cannot Recall) Was Delightfully Crisp, Yet Light. Went Expectedly Well With The Tangy Tartar Sauce, And Made For Piquant Grub.

Beer Is Seldom A Feature In My Reviews, Except When They’re Craft-Tapped. This Deserves An Assassination For Being Ludicrously Overpriced. I Ended Up Paying ₹557 For A ₹180 Worth Glass, And This Was Indeed A Wet Blanket.








Here's What I Had

Fish And Chips
Mutton Kheema Pav