Ever wanted to chow down on meaty delights like there’s no tomorrow? Well, you’ve got the chance for a whole month as Bombay Vintage hosts the Bombay Catholic Festival. Relish delicacies much loved by native East Indians, migrants from Goa, Mangalore & Kerala and Anglo-Indians. Turn a few page of history and you’ll find influences of these flavours on our beloved city!
The Chef Speaks
“Not many people today in Bombay are aware of the different catholic communities and moreover that they are very different from each other yet very similar,” says Chef Gracian de Souza, the man behind this extravagant menu at Bombay Vintage. “The Bombay Vintage team and I wanted to collaborate on this idea to talk about the different catholic communities in Bombay, their lifestyles and the way they cook and eat. The Catholic Festival menu at Bombay Vintage is an amalgamation of these different Bombay catholic communities and features Goan, Mangalorean, East Indian & the Anglo Indian dishes which are curated retaining the traditional aspect with a modern interpretation of the cuisine using European cooking techniques and presentation,” he adds.
What’s In Store
Get ready to chow down on spectacular array of dishes like De Souza’s Prawn Recheado, butter tossed prawns in homemade Goan recheado masala, Bogmalo Pork Chilly, braised pork tossed in jirim mirim spice found typically in South Goa, Syro Malabar Tenderloin B**f Fry which is roasted b**f tempered with curry leaf and roasted coconut. They’ve also got lovely mini meals like Margao Chourico Pao Goan style rosary sausages slow cooked in its own fat, served in a buttered brioche and Chuim Village Duck Moile and Fugias one of Bandra’s East Indian specialty of caramelized pulled duck meat cooked with homemade bottle masala.
Heading on to the mains they’ve got a wide selection including Mazgaon-chi Chicken Khudi, chicken drumstick cooked with east Indian bottle masala, Aunty Matilda’s Pomfret Lonvas a traditional pomfret curry cooked in most East Indian homes, Valkar Vasaikar Prawn Pulao, basmati rice flavoured with East Indian Kujit masala, Chapel Road Anglo-Indian B**f Ball Curry, a customary Sunday curry enjoyed by the Bombay Anglo-Indians, Mangalorean Mutton Bafat, slow cooked mutton in homemade bafat masala. The accompaniments being served with the food are also pretty traditional like Fugias, deep fried festive East Indian bread, Red Rice, farm cultivated organic un-husked rice or the Kadak Pao, crusty bread typically eaten by all Catholics.
After a meaty extravaganza, you must end your feast on a sweet note so get ready to indulge in Mac Caramel Custard and Goan Serradura served with almond Florentine. So wear your feast pants and head to Bombay Vintage now!
Dates & Timing: On-going until September 13 | 12 noon to 1 am
Location: Bombay Vintage, Opposite Regal Cinema, Indian Mercantile Mansion, Regal Circle, Madame Cama Road, Colaba