As the final weekend for most of David’s team to be in Mumbai before the Christmas break a dinner was organized for a mini celebration at a local restaurant, Pali Bhavan. Some of the team had eaten here previously and wanted to return to try a few more dishes, that despite one of the chandeleas falling from the ceiling onto a neighboring table on their last visit!
I had previously visited their other restaurant , Pali Hill Cafe for a lunch of sandwiches and salads. The Cafe has a similar feel of old world charm but less elaborate than the Pali Bhavan decor.
I found a kindred spirit in Elaine’s love of champagne as we toasted the group. Luckily Rashmi and Narmina stepped up to order the food for the table while Mark concentrated on ordering the wine. I was a little slow in remembering to take photos but here is one showing some of the main course dishes arriving. Typically all the dishes are put on the table and then servers come and dish up each person, kind of family style dining. Its hard to judge how much food you consume as it doesn’t feel that much, having just a spoonful of each selection, but I have yet to leave an Indian restaurant without feeling totally full.
Only a couple around the table had space left for dessert but Mark said the creme brûlée was delicious.
As we were finishing our wine and champagne the waiter returned to our table with small plates for each person with what looked like a miniature white marshmallow in the middle. He then proceeded to pour on warm water and just like magic, the marshmallow grew and turned into a warm towel for us to wash our hands! Like little kids, many of us grabbed our cell phones to record the event but unfortunately my video doesn’t want to upload to this blog. I’m sure you are very disappointed 🙂