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BADSHAH REIGNS OVER MUMBAI’S FALOODA SCENE

Once the privilege of Persian kings and Mughal emperors, the royal falooda has found its way to our humble palates via Badshah Cold Drinks. The 100-year-old restaurant is located opposite Crawford Market and also serves juices, milkshakes, and snacks like pav bhaji and pizza.

Badshah Cold Drinks, 152/156, Umrigar Building, Opp. Crawford Market, Lokmanya Tilak Marg, Mumbai 400 003. Phone: 022 2342 1943

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If there’s a fruit that can be found in the bustling markets of Mumbai, you can be near certain that Badshah has either a milkshake or a sherbet that flaunts that flavour. Mango, chikoo, pomegranate, lychee, strawberry, custard apple, orange, banana, fig, watermelon, peach, grape – chances are you will find these on the menu and arranged artistically inside the century-old juice centre. Over the years, Badshah has expanded its space to include a mezzanine labyrinth and overhauled its menu to make room for pav bhaji and pizza. However, the biggest draw for shoppers, businessmen and tourists who troop in red-faced from the blazing sun remains the royal falooda.

Once the privilege of Persian kings and Mughal emperors, the royal falooda has found its way to our humble palates via Badshah. On the face of it, the composition seems rather simple, but no one else in the city gets the proportions quite as right. Rose syrup dunked into a tall glass of cold milk containing silky smooth vermicelli and sweet basil seeds (better known as sabjah or takmaria) topped with a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream; I can’t think of a better way to top off an afternoon of shopping at Crawford Market.

 
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