Caramel Custard from Katy's Kitchen. Photo: Facebook
In a city bustling with swanky restaurants serving world cuisine, Mumbai stands tall for its many regional food eateries. From Parsi, Gujarati, Bohri and Bengali to Punjabi, Sindhi and Mangalorean, the city has consistently catered to various community-specific cuisines for decades. Most of the communities living here have restaurants to call their own. There are also those who are trying to keep their culinary heritage alive through catering services for several years now. Regional food caterers are quite a favoured lot when it comes to weddings, festivals and big parties in the city. We list a few of them here.
If you are a Bengali and looking for home-style Bengali food in Mumbai, the place you should order from is Pratap Caterers. A catering and food delivery service that was established 23 years ago by Pratap Parua, it offers traditional food to Mumbai Bengalis. Pratap also caters to weddings, big parties and ceremonies. Most of their dishes are those cooked in Bengali homes such as prawn malai curry, shukto, mochar paturi, and seasonal favourites like aamer chutney and more. They also cater to small parties and get-togethers where the food is priced according to the number of dishes. A dabba service with a set menu for office folks is also available. A small-size party needs 2 to 3 days prior notice whereas a bigger event like weddings require at least one month’s notice. There are other communities as well who enjoy ordering food from Pratap’s. They are based in Santa Cruz, however their service is available across the city. Tiffin service is only available in Bandra.
Mutton Naan Chap from The Big Spread. Photo: Facebook
The Big Spread
Bohris are known for their rich culinary heritage. Farida Kutianawala, owner of The Big Spread, has been serving traditional Bohri food from her home kitchen for 15 years. After cooking for friends and family, she took to catering for small groups. She was then persuaded by her children to do the same on a bigger scale. Today she not only caters to small parties, but also weddings and big get-togethers. "It has been 6 months since I have started this on a big scale, and I am glad it is a hit," she says. On weekends, she welcomes people to try out the 'thal' in her home. Farida’s signature dishes are halim, biryani, lal masala kheema, dal gosht and mutton cutlets, so make sure you order them. The Big Spread caters on all days of the week and delivery is available between Andheri and Cuffe Parade. The average price of a meal ranges from Rs. 700 to Rs.1,100.
If you live in Mumbai, you will have that one Parsi friend or colleague to fall back on for some delicious food. On days when you want to order it home, you can call from Katy’s Kitchen. Started by Katy Dalal around 35 years ago, Katy's Kitchen has moved on from being a small home business to catering for corporate functions, film shoots, weddings and parties. Today, the business is being managed by Katy's son, Kurush and daughter-in-law, Rhea. "Serving lesser-known and vegetarian Parsi dishes is what makes our service special," says Rhea. They have a special menu on Navroze or the Parsi New Year too. The minimum order is four portions, however they do take orders for one portion on special occasions like Parsi New Year and Christmas. Do make sure to order their Patra ni machhi, Sali boti, Dhansak and Lagan nu Custard. They cater anywhere in Mumbai from Colaba to Virar! “The best part is that our customers include people from other communities as well,” Rhea informs.
When you talk about regional food caterers in Mumbai, you cannot miss out on mentioning Maharashtrian food. So if you are interested in some traditional Maharashtrian dishes, let Lagna Sarai be your choice. Started by Subhash Ambekar 40 years ago, Lagna Sarai caters to all kinds of events from birthday parties and weddings. For weddings, the price range varies depending on the number and types of dishes. Their veg Kolhapuri and vangi bhaat are supposedly the most preferred dishes. Lagna Sarai is based in Shivaji Park and their service is available between Churchgate and Borivali. They also cater other regional cuisines like Gujrati, Punjabi and South Indian.