Restaurant Review: Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar

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 naanspapad 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!

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28 Responses to “Restaurant Review: Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar”

  1. 2 Sid
    October 22, 2010 at 03:18

    Chicken/Mutton Biryani is one dish I would give my life for, if it were a person.

    Great pictures!


  2. October 22, 2010 at 03:48

    Mutton Biryani FTW!!!
    Whats the address though?


  3. 5 yash
    October 22, 2010 at 04:23

    Lokhandwala, in tht sab tv ka lane i.e in between fun republic and fame adlabs.


  4. October 22, 2010 at 14:53

    have to eat here to see how different their biryani is ..


  5. 10 Ritesh Mayekar
    October 26, 2010 at 06:45

    Also try the biryani ( chicken or mutton ) @ Borivili Biryani Centre (BBC). BBC has many branches all over Mumbai.


  6. February 15, 2011 at 13:56

    During the recording of ‘Consider This’, Kuber and I gorged on the tikka biryanis from here. Jafferbhai’s Delhi Darbar uses deadly masala… vegetarian or meat-based, the tikka biryanis kick ass!


  7. November 11, 2012 at 19:35

    I highly recommend Delhi Darbar too….brings back so many fond memories. In fact, they have a branch in Goa in Panjim….I don’t think I ever had more delicious butter chicken and fluffier Nann than at that particular outlet. I’m very fussy about my Nann, and most restaurants manage to ruin it 😦


    • November 12, 2012 at 03:42

      Which restaurants do you think make the best naans?


      • November 12, 2012 at 20:22

        In Bombay, do try Peshawari at ITC Maratha..they really know how to cook proper North Indian food, in fact better than many restaurants in Delhi 🙂 The Naans melt in your mouth like soft paneer…go for peshawari (it has dry fruits)/cheese/garlic/keema naans…all that extra fluffiness complements well with butter chicken or mutton roganjosh or similar gravy items….have a plate of kebabs to go with that thing, a generous amount of lassi and iall that becomes a meal fit for a King. I think Peshawari has other outlets too…I think even Moti Mahal chain of restaurants are fairly good for North Indian food especially Naans…I had tried the one at Nariman Point….Delhi Darbar I already mentioned. Then, there’s Copper Chimney in Worli.


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