In the last few months, Chennai has opened her arms to various different kinds of cuisines. From Maharashtrian to Parsi to Bengali, there’s so much more on offer these days. Whatever cultural cuisine you’re looking for, Chennai now has it. You may not get to experience and taste all of it at one time, but take baby steps and sample everything you possibly can.
In 2015, Ashvita Bistro in Alwarpet has started weekend pop-up cuisines in Chennai with “The Bohri Kitchen, Mumbai” and a Bengali food festival, both of which did very well with the foodies in Chennai. And now, Ashvita Bistro brings to you an Authentic Parsi Wedding Dining Experience with Bawi Bride.
Bawi Bride, started by Chef Perzen Patel in Mumbai, was originally a food blog that later became a Parsi food catering business. When people started asking her about Parsi food, Chef Perzen decided that instead of telling people where to get great Parsi food, why not make it and serve it to people?
The three day food festival follows a traditional Parsi wedding set up – including the way the tables are placed –where food is served on banana leaves and the menu is set to serve a certain number of dishes. To keep it as tradition as possible, even the way the food is served follows the format that is used at Parsi weddings.
Starting with Sariya, Roti and Lagun Nu Achaar (which is a sweet and tangy pickle made of carrots and raisins). Then comes the non-veg, which is served in a specific order of chicken, fish, mutton – Anjeer Chicken, Patra ni Machichi (using seer fish and a mint chutney that has a hint of sugar to give it a slight sweetness) and Mutton Pulao served with Masala ni Dar. The meal was completed with a bowl of Lagan nu Custard.
The food festival starts on Friday, April 29th and ends on Sunday, May 1st. During lunch, they have two slots at 12:30pm and 2pm and for dinner, they have two slots at 7:30pm and 9pm. Each slot will only seat 30 people, so call and make reservations right away.
The festival is priced at Rs. 999 plus taxes for the vegetarian option and Rs. 1200 plus taxes for the non-vegetarian option. For reservations call: 044 42109990 or 9003365436.
Ashvita Bistro is located at No. 11, Bawa Road, off TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai.