Very few people in the city will not have memories associated with Shamiana — in the ’70s when it was set up, it was the first 24-hour coffee shop in the country, located at The Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba. After spending hours at their discotheque, Blow Up, college kids would spend endless nights seated at the corner tables, waiting for hostel gates to open in the morning.
The iconic coffee shop turns 40 on October 27. To celebrate their anniversary, Chef Hemant Oberoi has fished out an old Shamiana menu. Signature dishes from many years ago will be recreated and served at the café on Saturday. And to top it all, street food (which they brought into a fine-dining space) like pav bhaji, omlette sandwish and masala dosa will all be on offer for just R40.
“I started my career at Shamiana, my first day on the job was in the kitchens here,” reminisces Chef Oberoi, who has been trying to dig out some old cutlery and crockery for the occasion. “We will be serving the food in the traditional manner as well — with coleslaw and wafers.”
The 12 dishes that have been selected from the colourful menu, which back in the day used to cost around R20, will be served from 3 pm onwards all the way into the night. “Till 2 am or maybe even 3 am,” adds the chef. “We want people to relive the nostalgia and enjoy themselves. I remember Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays used to be packed here. After drinking and partying, the crowd from Blow Up used to come here for bites.”
DISHES AVAILABLE FOR Rs40
Spicy Mutton Burge
Lach Cutlet Burger
Shalimar celebrates golden jubilee
The Shalimar Hotel at Kemps Corner, which opened on October 28, 1962, is celebrating its golden jubilee.
On the occasion, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Gulmurg, will offer tables for a maximum of nine people at just Rs1,962. The offer is available only on Sunday, between noon and midnight. The offer is not applicable on alcoholic beverages, parcels and in-room dining orders.
For details, call 6664 1000.