Experience the wonder of this cuisine in Mumbai only at Peshawri, with a lavish spread of delicious kebabs � vegetarian and non-vegetarian that are cooked in myriad ways, a range of Indian breads � from the decadently indulgent to light and fluffy breads and of course, the inimitable Dal Bukhara, that are paired with an exclusive collection of wines and other beverages.
Peshawari is a place where they do not follow the appetizer and main course rule. Paneer Kurchan ordered here was soft and tasty. Dal Bukhara is a must have here. And yes, not to forget Garlic Nan which had an exotic taste of garlic. This restaurant follows a tradition of eating Indian meal with hands. Even the people from other countries are told this and yes you see them following the tradition.
Recognized as one of the finest Indian restaurants, Peshawri at ITC Maratha, Mumbai enthralls by serving the robust flavors of the North West Frontier cuisine. One early winter evening, we landed at the already buzzing restaurant. Subtle ambience lighting played on walls and floor made of stone, lending an edge of sophistication to Peshawri. Ethnic Bukhara carpets adorned the walls and an open kitchen was active with Chefs preparing delicacies for the guests. Wooden stools and benches were strewn with colorful cushions. Ochre color crockery was invitingly arranged on the tables and copper pots and urns were suspended from the ceiling. Our host handed over the menu which was painted on a block of wood. Chequered aprons were placed at each table as Peshawri invites you to eat with your hands to thoroughly enjoy the food in an authentic Indian manner. A few larger tables were separated by colorful bead strings to provide privacy, if desired.
The award winning menu serves North West Frontier delicacies like richly spiced kebabs in vegetarian and non vegetarian preparations, dense curries, dals and various tandoor cooked Indian breads. The well stocked bar serves known Indian and International brands of whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka, Wines, as well as cocktails, mocktails and juices.
We settled for cosmopolitan, a cocktail made of Vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lemon juice which came served in a Martini glass. For starters, we tried the tandoori tiger prawns and burrah kebabs. The prawns were succulent, huge and spiced just right to leave tantalizing flavors of Indian spices on out taste buds. The Burrah kebabs were skillfully cooked to lend a tender and moist taste. Next, we ordered a whole tandoori promfret. A main course in itself, the fish was fresh, marinated perfectly and with a prominent taste of ajwain- an Indian spice. The meal would be incomplete without the world renowned -Dal Bukhara. Cooked overnight in the traditional Bukhara way on the tandoor and finished with tomato, ginger and garlic, the dal was a culinary delight. Light and fluffy assorted Indian breads like rumali roti, paneer kulcha and onion kulcha served as a perfect accompanist to the dal. We left satiated and seduced by the myriad flavors, with a promise to return for the house special dessert- Phirni!
Verdict- Located amidst several known restaurants in ITC Maratha, Peshawari is in a class of its own. Highly skilled chefs follow the art of cooking in clay ovens or tandoor in the traditional style of the Indian North-West Frontier region. The restaurant is a meat eaters delight but also serves vegetarian starter and main course preparations. Attentive and non intrusive service adds to the delightful dining experience. Recommended for enjoying special occasions, as the restaurant is on the expensive side. Valet parking is available.