Before I can tell you anything about the food at the newly opened Desi Deli in Bandra, I have to admire the PRETTIEST design and décor ever. Seriously! Forget Pinterest and Instagram and head directly to Desi Deli if you need inspiration.
I love the lively colored tables and chairs, the fresh flowers and the black & white herringbone design. It’s a small eatery –like most of the upcoming restaurants of home chefs turned entrepreneurs in Mumbai –and like a true Mumbaikar, Lolita Sarkar and her team made excellent use of each square feet and every corner. The heart of Desi Deli is the outdoor seating from which you can watch people and street scenes and breathe in the typical Bandra life.
I could even live with average food at this beautiful place which I will surely visit many more times, but I don’t have to. The food is pure DELICIOUSNESS.
What started off with Amar (veg hot dog), Akbar (chicken sausage hot dog) and Anthony (pork sausage hot dog) at Mumbai’s flea markets turned into a new food heaven for Bandra: Desi Deli is the expression of Lolita’s passion for food and travel.
She connects the #desi taste with the world and creates amazing bilateral combinations of hot dogs, burger and main dishes. Of course, Gwenda Glocalista loves it.
On a weekday dinner date at Desi Deli, my husband and I tried a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian #DesiDogs
The Classic Desi Anthony -A pork sausage served with a dhuandaar red sauce, peppers, onions and mint.
The Puerto Rican Desi (veg) -Grilled pineapples, lemony garlic sauce, peppers and Killer Red take you to the edge of tropical Caribbean.
The Goan Desi -Teekha Portuguese chorizo (made in Goa, of course!) with applesauce, onions and peppers.
The statement “I won’t be impressed with technology until I can download food.” holds so true right now. If only I could share the taste with you guys: so many flavors and still the traditional fast food feeling.
I don’t know about you but my hot dog experience so far was the typical IKEA hot dog after endless furniture shopping on a Saturday morning (the worst time to go to IKEA but we always do the same mistake…). But then, I ate my first #DesiDog last month and life changed.
I can proudly say that the Goan #DesiDog was the best hotdog I have ever eaten in my life and around the whole world. Saying this as a German (you know, we eat sausages and sauerkraut the whole day), it means really THE BEST hotdog e-v-e-r.
But there is still more to this new Bandra restaurant: Yes, they’ve got Pinterest chic décor and scrumptious flavourful food but the icing on the cake is the passion and warmth with which owner Lolita Sarkar welcomes her guests. With curly hair and her warm-hearted smile, the owner guides you through the menu and ensures you choose what your personal taste-buds will enjoy most. (I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture with her.)
I have only one wish left for this amazing new Deli in Bandra: Offer hot dog tasting events 🙂