My search for the perfect biryani led me to this place, and while Jafferbhai’s mutton biryani does come very close to perfection, Yash and I now frequent Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar for the best-cooked mutton dishes we’ve ever had. Yash didn’t even like goat meat till he tried the tava bhuna gosht (see the pic on the right) here, and now the fellow refuses to eat chicken. We’ve dined at Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar many times and have been blown away by the food every single time. Hell, I refuse to go back to vegetarianism because of the food here.
The thing about Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar is you can eat at any JBDD and the food will taste exactly the same. Unlike other restaurant chains, they slow-cook the food in a huge vessel and transport it to JBDDs everywhere, where it is slow-heated in a big utensil, while the cooks at the restaurants make naans, papad etc. Understand? So one fine day we’ll get over the mutton curries and call for a murgh masallam and the sikandari raan, but maybe not around this guy who can make chunks of meat disappear from your plate when you’re not looking.
Jafferbhai’s Delhi Darbar is the biryani king of Mumbai! The regular biryanis are great and the tikka biryanis are greater! The fine basmati rice comes doused in ghee and makes you go crazy with the tikka masala and all the secret ingredients. The food at Jafferbhai’s Delhi Darbar isn’t right to eat on a regular basis, but makes for a superb treat every now and then. The daily specials are what you must seek out. The khichda is balanced to perfection, and I go to Jafferbhai’s Delhi Darbar on weekends just for the smashing dum ki chop and the delicious khichda, which are two of the best mutton dishes ever!