Bandra’s Desi Deli offers a fusion of global food with a local touch
There is space for only three families and four couples, but the ambiance at Desi Deli, a new deli at Bandra Reclamation is cheerful. The menu clipped on a board is divided into: hot dogs, burgers, tamales (wraps), entrees, chaa and desserts.
We began with our drinks: iced tea, a sparking fruit juice and a milkshake. The Iced Uskhabagh (`115) tasted limp; nothing to talk about. But the Strawberry Milkshake (`225) was thick, sweet and delicious. For food, we chose two burgers, one tamale and two entrees.
The Hot Green Burg (`275) had a patty made of crunchy corn, creamy feta and potatoes. Served within a soft bun and with tomatoes and home-styled mayo, it was a play of textures. The Tangy Chic Burg (`300) did not have a patty; it is filled with chicken nuggets that had been dunked in tomato paste.
The burgers are served with salli potato fry slivers and a salad of lettuce leaves drizzled with pineapple, honey and lime dressing. The tamale came wrapped in banana leaf and was moist. The Loco Lamb Tamale (`220), made of cornmeal and stuffed with spicy lamb keema, was yum. For the entree, we opted for the Shorshe ‘Shrooms (`280). It came with a sliced open pao and packed with mushroom.
Unsure of what to do with it, we folded the sides of the pao with the mushrooms in it and tucked into it. It was unbelievable. We didn’t want the ‘Shrooms to end and wished that the portion was larger. Two paos could have been eaten with the portion of mushroom on one pao.
The dish was served with a home-styled relish made of mangoes and mustard and that was delicious too. The Ghugni Souk (`250) appeared plain. A bed of couscous had been ladled with white pea and a sliced lime was on it. It looked like any regular (read boring) homemade dish, until we took a bite. Light and flavourful, it was a delight. Again, totally unexpected and highly recommended.
We ended the meal with Screwpine Aam (`210), a rice kheer served cold with chopped alphonso mango. Light, and right. The next table had ordered a Trucker Tycoon (`200) that is bread toasted with chocolate sauce and cheese and looked delicious. Something to try out at home. Overall, it was yummy deli food. Despite the less-than-generous portions and steep pricing, this small eatery, aided by its cheerful staff and decent turnaround time, is worth a revisit.
Time: 12 pm to 11 pm
At: Shop 1, Pearl Haven CHS, 86, Chapel Road, Reclamation, Bandra (W).
Desi Deli didn’t know we were there. the guide reviews anonymously and pays for its meals
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