GPS: Donald House, Colaba Causeway, opp. Electric House, Mumbai – 400039
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Some things are as plain as the nose on your face and yet it’s so easy to miss them. That’s a bit how it is with Picadilly. Though its located bang in the centre of Colaba Causeway, its edged out of the talking point space by the Woodside Inns, Leopold’s and Mondegars (partly due to the fact that they don’t serve alcohol and what is Colaba without an intoxicated lens to experience it through?)And yet Picadilly serves some of the best budget Lebanese food in town alongwith a full-fledged Iranian food menu. And top amongst its authentic offerings is one of our favourite dishes Chello Kebabs. Succulent sheikh kebabs lend their smoky flavor the buttery rice they are ensconced in; all we need to do is mash the accompanying grilled tomatoes and squelch the juice onto a morsel of rice and meat and pop into our mouth for instant bliss. Unlike most city versions of chello kebabs doused in cream or coconut milk the Picaddilly version is thankfully dry and much lighter with just the juices of the meat and the tomatoes to accompany the rice. For Indians used to gravies over their rice this might be a departure from convention, but when we’re exhausted from an afternoon of street shopping and hardball bargaining on Causeway this is what we crave to put the gleam back in our eyes and the energy back in our persuasions!