True to its name, Desi Culture is everything Desi. At Desi Culture the Indian cuisine meets west without compromising on its ethnicity or taste. Another amazing restaurant opened in the already bustling location of Kamala Mills. The restaurant is located in the middle of Bar Stock Exchange and Kaboom and is just 1.4 kms away from the lower Parel Station, making the destination easily approachable.
The restaurant is set in the basement; the entrance lets you enter a fairy tale kind of a set up. The décor is pleasant, well-lit and eccentric.
The entire place is divided into two huge sections; both leading to the bar counter and right next to it on the left is the live dessert counter. Chefs Kshama Prabhu and Gaurrav Gidwani have given soul to the Indian fusion theme.
The place is predominantly made up of wood and has a nice collection of crockery décor.
The place has some fascinating liquids; Jaljeera Mojito : It’s quite stimulating due to the presence of Fresh lime juice, it’s spicy and tangy because to Jaljeera and chat masala. This slush based drink can get tangy so ask the sweetness and tanginess according to your taste.
Shikanji Strawberry Mojito and Shikanji Kiwi Mojito; Quite different and appealing at the same time, the taste stands out due to the presence of homemade spice (like Jeera, Chat, Coriander, etc), with fresh lime juice, sugar and salt. The slush is blended together, depending on the season you get different fruit flavor Shikanji. If you order cocktail, then Bacardi is the add on to make the perfect cocktail.
Lassi Shots; One of the highlights of the evening, taste it to know it. From the right you have; Peach, Blue Berry, Kiwi, Strawberry and Chocolate.
The Ice Cream Martini; 2-3 scoops of the selected flavor of ice cream like Strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla with a base of Vodka and flavor liqueur.
Trio of shots; Each of the 3 flavours to give you options like Pan flavor with Vodka, Chocolate and Vodka, Strawberry and rose with Vodka served with dry ice.
Minty Melon; It’s a whisky based drink having fresh pulp of melon, with lime mint, little bit of sugar, Mango Juice and served with pour over ice.
Each of the signature chats, that we drool over is given a twist. So we called for some Desi-Chats like Hajmola Dahi Bhalla with Jaljeera Sorbet. A twist to the normal Dahi Bhalla chat. This one is quite tangy and unique, with enriched pickle beans and Jaljeera taste.
Red Velvet Dhokla – Just extraordinary! In the form of a Dhokla, which looks like a pastry, it has jalapeno cream cheese and garnished with the tadka and served with Lassun (Garlic) and Imli Ki Chutney(Tamarind). They have some extraordinary and never heard before fusion.
Jalapeno Cheese Ragda Pattice: Cheese form with Jalapeno is garnish on the normal Ragda pattice which is again stuffed with cheese. Totally worth a try!
Sev Puri with Iced Anar & Aam Wafer; It’s got Masala Lavash as the base, with normal Sev puri constructed and garnished. On one end you have two skewers of Chicken. It’s served with 3 different chatni’s in Jelly form; namely Lassun chatney, Imli ki Chatni and Green Chatni.
Kasundi Fish Tikka; One of the highlight of the evening, basic tandoori red marination has been done, the dish is served only if they can procure fresh Ravas, else you won’t be able to taste it. Definitely a must try for seafood lovers.
Resham Murgh Tikka; its served with an egg white masala soufflé on top. The chicken is succulent and tender and cooked perfectly.
Tandoori Veg Chat; This chat has everything from Paneer, sweet potato, apple, to Pepper and Tomato. The veggies are spiced with crushed peppercorns.
Mutton Galouti Kebab; The kebab is finely made with the Shermal base. It’s totally a melt in your mouth feeling. Try to know what I mean.
From the Thali section, we tried Raju Chinese, which basically gives you the street Chinese food taste at your disposal. The Thali has Date pancakes, Vegetable Wanton, Manchurian, hot garlic chicken, crispy veg, fried rice, fried noodles and Sabudana Wafers, quite filling for one person.
Coming down to the end of the meal, we called for Chocolate Bon Bon; It’s a volcano of chocolate including Chocolate Gaato, White Chocolate Mousse, Dark chocolate Belgium ice cream, Gems, Bourbon biscuit, bon bon ice cream and dark chocolate Ganache. Totally a must try.
Desi Culture, a perfect destination to eat, drink and repeat. Their chats, kebabs, thali’s and desserts are not to be missed, the larger question is going to be what to order from the plethora of good options available. So visit the place and decide yourself, until we meet again J
For more details or reservations;
Desi Culture Restobar;
C Wing, Trade World, Kamala Mills,
Lower Parel, Mumbai
Contact: 022 30151744