Farzi Cafe has always delighted us with its offerings. Whether it be the fusion food or the drama-laden drinks, Farzi never disappoints.
This time though, Farzi has truly surprised us with its special Navratri menu. The chef has put a creative spin to simple fasting ingredients such as buckwheat, sago, pumpkin and water-chestnut. The result is a couple of fasting dishes with that gourmet touch.
Let me begin by listing out the dishes:
1. Plantain Nuggets, Sabudana Pearls, Tamarind Glaze
2. Buckwheat Kachori, Spiced Pumpkin, Pineapple Gastrique
3. Kuttu Gnocchi, Tomato Fennel Ragu, Jackfruit Papad
4. Paneer Roulade, Aloo Reduction, Chestnut Poori
5. Sago Khichdi, Amaranth Crisps
6. Papaya Halwa, Nut Crumble
7. Makhane Ki Kheer, Rose Haze
All of these are priced between INR 310 to INR 425.
PLANTAIN NUGGETS, SABUDANA PEARLS, TAMARIND GLAZE
These delicately flavoured nuggets paired very well the Spiced Pumpkin and Sabudana Pearl Papad. Highly Recommended.
BUCKWHEAT KACHORI, SPICED PUMPKIN, PINEAPPLE GASTRIQUE
That sweet and tangy Pineapple Gastrique took the very mildly seasoned Buckwheat Kachori to a whole new level. Recommended.
KUTTU GNOCCHI, TOMATO FENNEL RAGU, JACKFRUIT PAPAD
The Gnocchi made from Buckwheat flour paired well with the tangy and spicy sauce. Definitely a good dish; my only qualm being the Jackfruit papad bits which were too hard to bite into.
PANEER ROULADE, ALOO REDUCTION, CHESTNUT POORI
The only dish that did not work for me from the Navratri menu. I’m not a fan of unseasoned paneer and the loo reduction wasn’t enough to provide adequate flavor. Can be missed. The water-chestnut pooris were pretty good though.
SAGO KHICHDI, AMARANTH CRISPS
And then arrives the dish of the day! So creamy, so rich, so smooth and so full of flavours – that every bite makes you go Mmmm. I’m going to petition Farzi to put this dish on their regular menu as well. Totally unmissable dish, this one.
PAPAYA HALWA, NUT CRUMBLE
This one was a very creatively done dessert, and definitely my first experience with papaya bits in dessert. Very light dessert this one, not heavy and sinful like our usual ones. I quite liked it.
MAKHANE KI KHEER, ROSE HAZE
Set atop a bowl of liquid nitrogen, I loved the presentation of this one. While the plain ol’ Makhane ki kheer does not excite me, the fruit bits in this one made for a very flavourful dessert.
Not just food, but Farzi Café has you covered for some Navratri special mocktails as well. Using ingredients such as fresh fruit and tamarind, there are some pretty interesting ones to choose from.
Overall Verdict – The tasting menu is a treat for those observing the Navratri fasts or are vegetarian in general. The Sago Khichdi is something you just cannot miss here. Carivores can certainly give this one a miss and instead opt for the regular Farzi menu which is a treat.
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*Disclaimer – This meal was hosted by the restaurant. A huge thank you to Jerlyn D’Silva and Team Farzi for hosting us.