Café 792 Is A Quiet Café In A Parsi Colony

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CAFÉ 792 IS A QUIET CAFÉ IN A PARSI COLONY

Café 792 is located is Dadar Parsi Colony. It is a quiet, small eatery that serves an assortment of dishes such as chicken sali boti, Sindhi curry with rice, and Pork vindaloo in addition to sandwiches, quiche, patties, burgers, and dessert.

Café 792, 792, Dina Manzil (Outhouse), Jame Jamshed Road, Parsi Colony, Dadar (e), Mumbai 400 014. Phone: 022 2414 0792

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Café 792 is run by Parsis in a Parsi colony, but it isn’t a Parsi café.

Named after the number of the building it is housed in, 792 does betray a few Parsi touches: it’s location opposite the bust of Mancherji Joshi (creator of Five Gardens), a poster of Bachi Karkaria’s In Hot Blood on the wall, and packets of murambo for you to take home.

The outhouse of Dina Manzil was adroitly and adorably converted into a tiny eatery; even the water-pump room was painted over with its logo. Concrete footprints over rubble-strewn ground lead to saloon doors at the back. The Parsi manager lets me read the menu twice, then points at and names every dish showing off in the counter.

Patties, quiches, and croissants are ready-to-eat; sandwiches and wraps are assembled in a homely kitchen. Run your eyes over the day’s Parsi offerings such as chicken farcha and papeta ma marghi. While you wait for your order, go back out and occupy a wickerwork chair designed for kindergarten bottoms or set up camp at one of the bright red trestle tables under a modest awning. A jam-jar bursting with sprigs of fresh flowers adorns every table.

I am happy to report that there is no air-conditioning, no music, and no Wi-Fi. Here is an oasis in which to read a book, steep in thought, converse for hours, share an apple pie, glance at the minute green patch, and go on reading as the garden lights come on.

Feature photo by Suruchi Maira
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