We treaded on a gravel-laden path one afternoon, on the rear side of the quaint Dina Manzil. The café’s name (Cafe 792) was hand-painted on a wall and looked welcoming. Already, we had a good feeling about this matchbox-like treasure amid the lush environs of Dadar’s Parsi Colony.
Baked Yoghurt. Pics/Dhara Vora
For a tiny space, the cafe offers an impressive variety —sandwiches, salads, wraps, and baked sweet and savoury items. Jehan Nargolwala, one of the partners of the cafe, informed us that the eatery gets its name from the block number of the property. Another interesting nugget that we learnt was that Nargolwala’s father, Gustad Dehmiri is one of the partners at Cafe Universal and Leopold Cafe.
Pesto Mozzarella sandwich
Once the name puzzle was solved, we got down to business. The café has a fixed lunch option set for the entire month. These include dishes such as Diced Steak with Mashed Potato and Pepper Sauce, Chicken Dhansak, Dhan Dal Prawn Patio and more. By the time we visited (1 pm), lunch was sold out.
The entrance to Cafe 792.
So, we settled for Chicken and Cheese Quiche (Rs 65) and a Chicken Farcha (Rs 70). The quiche (also available in veg- etarian and bacon versions) was delicately crumbly while the cheese filling had our morning carb craving satiated. The Farcha was a batter-fried delight, and tender to the bone, just as we remember from our days of wolfing it down from our generous Parsi friends’ lunchboxes at school.
Chicken and Cheese Quiche
Keen for more of a good thing, we requested the owners to suggest a vegetarian option. Out came a delish Pesto Mozzarella Sandwich (Rs 80) that was grilled just right; the pesto thankfully didn’t appear like a glorified chutney ensemble, unlike unsavoury slathers at newbie cafes in the city.
A glass of chocolate-y Cold Coffee (Rs 80) made our day, as we yearned to curl up with a book or watch a movie. Bursting at the seams, we left just enough space for dessert, Baked Yoghurt (Rs 65) with delicate vanilla flavouring. The Smoked Turkey cold cut that we took along for the gang at work (Rs 100/100 gm) was polished off within minutes.
We would love to revisit the cafe. It’s best to avoid large groups as the compact café has space for just two tables at
At: Dina Manzil, Jame Jamshed Road, Dadar Parsi Colony.
Café 792 didn’t know we were there. the guide reviews anonymously and pays for its meals.