Don't miss the Rivayaat-e-Rampur Food Festival at Westin Mumbai Garden City


India is a vast country and every 100 kilometers you travel, you encounter a new culture, a new cuisine. You encounter the same ingredients used in different ways, lending an altogether different flavor to the dishes. Over many decades, dishes have either become unavailable from the daily menu of a common man; or have lost relevance because the ingredients are difficult to get by. 

At WHAT’S HOT IN MUMBAI, we are constantly in the quest for new flavors (in the fine dining segment) and the recent Rampuri Food Festival gave us an opportunity to explore, enjoy and educate ourselves on some lost recipes of ancient India. Chef Osama Jalali learnt the fine nuances of this cuisine from his mother Nazish Jalali, who in turn learned from the khansamas of the Nawab of Rampur. The Jalali’s trace their ancestral roots to Rampur that lies halfway between Delhi and Lucknow. The mother-son duo are now accompanied by Chef Jalali’s food festivals. 

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On the flavor front, we found them irresistible, dramatically different without the overpowerment of the spice quotient. The meat was at its softest, juiciest best especially when we tried our tests to check the softness. like Chef Osama mentioned in his interview, we agree that the food gives a homely feel but here without the flavor repetition in the multitude of tasting portions which were served to us. AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT & AN ENDEARING GASTRONOMIC JOURNEY. 

We must admit we loved the live counters too - the creamiest haleem and the softest chapli kebabs. What made our journey memorable were the desserts which also consisted of GOSHT KA HALWA which we will yearn for always. 

Service from the ‘Seasonal Tastes’ at Westin Hotel was surely ‘super se oopar’. Chef Osama, Chef Amandeep and Chef Alafia ensured we were constantly relishing the dynamite platter. 

Here’s what we had on our plate:

Soup - Kharode ka shorba, Tamatar tulsi shorba 

Starters - Kacche qeeme ki tikki, Murgh Gilafi seekh, Kathal ki shammi, Subz shikampuri 

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Mains - Rampuri taar gosht, Nawabi macchi ka salan, Murgh khade masalo ka ishtoo, Besan khandaiyan, Paneer qorma, Doodhiya maah ki daal, Mahtabi yakhani pulav, Tehri, Nawab gate ka haleem, Chapli kebab 

A must try is the Dumba dum phukt ( whole lamb roast).

Desserts - Gulathi, Gosht ka halwa, Zauk e shahi

Do book your slots for this amazing food festival:

Venue- Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Mumbai Garden City

Dates- 29th April, 2023 to 7th May, 2023

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