Chaakoo Bombay Café
An Irani-Indian inspired café serving flavoursome small plates of vegetable and meat curries, tandoori and fish.
Not your traditional curry house maybe, but always a lively atmosphere, with friendly staff and a menu that adapts well to modern tastes. The original Chaakoo Bombay Café in Mumbai railway station brought Iranian shish kebabs and snacks to busy commuters; and the feel is casual here too. Diners choose from a selection of small plates; the menu changes infrequently, but there is sufficient variety to justify repeat visits. As well as some traditional dishes, such as saag paneer and lamb rogan josh, there are interesting house specialities such as Kerala monkfish, a mild coconut dish, and a dum biryani, which layers slow-cooked spiced lamb with fragrant basmati and caramelized onions – delicious. Sides include aloo chana with rocket and a sweet tamarind dressing which tingles on the tongue. A simple wings starter – not conventional perhaps – shows off the grill skills, with its just-charred skin and succulent hot sauce. Washed down with a Cobra or Edinburgh-made Bellfield beer (gluten-free and vegan accredited) it all makes for an evening of good food and lively chat. No wonder this place is so often busy.
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Easy listening
- Capacity: 140
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £19.95 per bottle