#DubaiGetsFarzified : Farzi Cafe, Now Open at City Walk – Jumeirah

When I saw an email invite in my inbox from Ishita Saha, I gave out a squeal of delight! Celebrity blogger Ishita Saha of ishitaunblogged fame (who also happens to be co-editor of FoodeMag, Dubai’s finest e-magazine on food) is the kind of role model aspiring food bloggers like me look up to. Dinner with Ishita was bound to be a memorable experience, and she elevated my expectations with this short clip on the restaurant we were previewing:

Farzi Cafe was created by none other than the ‘Czar of Indian Cuisine’, the legendary Chef and television personality Jiggs Kalra himself. Farzi Cafe in Gurgaon, India has had phenomenal success, and like all highly successful restaurant ventures, we now have a Dubai import to boast of.

Farzi Cafe is located in City Walk (Phase 2) off Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah. I was among a handful of very lucky bloggers and media personalities to be hosted for a sneak preview of Farzi Cafe Dubai by FoodeMag and Jiggs Kalra’s restaurateur son Zorawar Kalra.

As much as I enjoy sharing everything that I have learnt over the years with Zorawar, I am excited and eager to hear his innovative concepts and modern possibilities to do with food. I feed elated when people introduce me as Zorawar Kalra’s father. Indeed, food has filled up my heart. – Jiggs Kalra, BoldGraphix.com

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A click with Zorawar Kalra was absolutely mandatory 🙂

The interiors of Farzi Cafe has been done up with suave, futuristic finesse. The flatteringly haloed lighting coupled with starlit walls, makes for a  welcomingly enchanting ambiance.

Farzi Cafe is a gastronomic take on authentic Indian cuisine with clever, unexpected twists and turns. The magic of molecular gastronomy has been thrown in for some drama, and the presentation of the dishes had each diner goggling in awe.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the #Farzified dishes we had the honor of sampling:

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Dal Chawal Arancini: Dal-Chawal (Indian lentil soup with rice) is a comfort food every Indian is accustomed to. At Farzi Cafe, it is served as a deep-fried dumpling taking inspiration from Italian Arancini balls. And how cute are the mini papadam rolls, used as garnish on top?!
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Ananas Orbits: A Virgin Pina Colada muddled with the freshness of tender coconut and pineapple, is served in these stylish cat’s tail glasses. The ‘tail’ acts as a straw, which has been filled with Pina Colada Caviar. This is a posh take on bubble tea 🙂
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Amuse Bouche: A clever take on molecular gastronomy, these little pots of yogurt and berry compote are pop-in-the-mouth delicious.
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Deconstructed Shepard’s Pie: This beautifully tender, marinated meat served with dreamy, creamy mashed potato was one of my Farzi favorites. I love this crescent-shaped platter! Looks like a good-luck talisman to me.

I am a huge fan of tangy-sweet chaat, and Farzi Cafe’s Tangy Chaat Puff hit all the right spots for me. Served with a crisp okra salad on the side, and topped with a light, flavorful chutney foam, the ‘puff’ was stuffed with a deliciously spiced yogurt mix inside. But how did they get the mixture into the uncracked puff? Farzi magic ofcourse 😉

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Here’s the magically smokey #Farzi Sangria featuring suspended fruits in a grape velvet base.

 

 

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Tempura Fried Prawns elevated to fine-dining status with a flavorful foam, and caviar beads on the side.

Below is a treasure-chest of Farzi Cafe’s Shittake Sliders. How cool is the presentation?! If you love your mushrooms, these sliders are bursting with shittake flavor you will absolutely devour.

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For the carnivorous slider fans, Farzi Cafe serves up a truck-load of flavorful goodness in the form of their very meaty, spiced Classic Galouti Burger. So glad I wasn’t dining with my 5 year-old, she would have insisted on taking this truck home!

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Pan-Seared Scallops in a nutty peanut butter glaze, and served with a nutty kachumbar garnish.

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With black rice puffs and spicy peanuts on the side, this is Burmese Khaose reinvented.

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We were served these cute little shot-glasses of seriously decadent chocolate. The staff tell us no cream or other base has been added. This is a serious calorie-laden kick for chocaholics!

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Farzi Cafe’s Semolina & Banana Cake served with a scoop of pistachio and saffron ice-cream.

My favorite dessert from the night was Farzi Cafe’s Rasmalai. This is traditional ras malai revamped with a touch of lychee, and served sandwiched with layers of very delicious carrot cream. It was topped with a sugar crystal rose petal net. Pity we had to share this, I want one all to my self the next time I’m at Farzi Cafe!

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Great news Dubai; Farzi Cafe has opened its doors to the public on 29th March 2016. Do check them out on City Walk (Phase 2) in Jumeirah – Dubai, and tret yourself to something well out of the ordinary.
Farzi Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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