Zorawar Kalra is credited with having changed the perception of Indian cuisine and when he says it’s “modern Indian fare”, you know you’re going to be fed ideas that have never been heard of. When Farzi Café first opened, the launch invitation came with a disclaimer: “This is an edible invite”. Like I said, Kalra’s ingenuity made a mark before the restaurant even opened. Obviously with a unique name like that, you’re wondering what “farzi” means. Google may show results of the meaning to be ‘fake, forged or not original’ but for Kalra, it signifies “an illusion” as he goes on to create make-believe plots with cuisine. The first of which was the launch party invitation, the second was ensuring that each of the servers at Farzi were instructed to clip on a stud earring and get a unique fancy hairdo to keep up with the café’s hip vibe—and from then on, there’s been no looking back.
The one in Lower Parel is the fourth Farzi in the world, after outposts in Delhi and Dubai, and provides a unique bistro experience, where traditional Indian flavours are combined with global culinary concepts.
Inside Farzi Café, 3D-mapped squares of solid concrete in grey, black and brown make up the walls and create an animated effect that cleverly transitions from day to night. A meal here includes some Masala Library-reminiscing dishes such as the Baby Raj Kachori topped with chutney foam, and Prawn Tempura, which comes with a nimboo-mirchi air and tossed with Sriracha and mayonnaise. The excitement peaks when newer dishes come to light—a Tandoori ghucchi mushroom risotto, palak paneer quesadillas and Parle-G cheesecake, which comes floating in a homely rabdi studded with the popular chocolate Gems. Yet, they are all gems.
With the amount of nitro-drama that takes place on the table (unlike Kalra’s other resto-bar MasalaBar) means that you’ll have to keep your phone camera ready. This is the place that provides some of the best culinary theatrics to go click crazy.
How to Get There
Where: Kamala Mills, Near Radio Mirchi Office, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Contact: +91 8433942801 | +91 8433942802
Timings: All Days 12 Noon to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,500 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)