Mumbai doesn’t look forward to the summer. But there’s one thing that comes with the season that the city most definitely awaits — the king of fruits: mango. The season has just started and, for the next few months, you won’t be able to escape the sight, fragrance or mention of the pulpy fruit.
While enthusiastic restaurants like Pebbles in Andheri (W) have already made grand additions to their menu keeping in mind the season, Khandani Rajdhani (all outlets) has gone ahead and launched a special meal called the Aamlicious Thali. But it’s the fresh fruit preparations that Mumbaikars look forward to the most.
Starting this month, till the end of June, some popular establishments in Mumbai will be dishing out their iconic seasonal preparations, all with one thing in common — mangoes. From mango milkshake and panna to aamras and kulfi, there’s a lot to try. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of it, here’s a low-down. Hurry, as the offers are, indeed, limited.
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Golden Star Thali, Charni Road
Traditionally served with their special thali, the aamras here is known to be one of the best in Mumbai. To buy independently, it costs Rs 350 per litre. “We manage to finish 10 to 20 cartons per day since we always make the aamras fresh. Even if it finishes by lunch, we make more for dinner. It is not kept for more than four to five hours,” says Jamna Joshi, who has been a manager here for 20 years.
Fresh Mango Ice Cream
Taj Ice Cream, Bhendi Bazaar
This family business has been around for decades. Although it is known for serving Mango Ice Cream throughout the year, during the season is when the crowd multiplies as they use the freshest produce. “Our formula for making this ice cream is 120 years old. We boil the milk and then hang it for hours to prepare it, because when we started, there were no refrigerators,” says 38-year-old Mustafa Abbas Icecreamwala, who manages the business when his dad and uncle aren’t around. Each cup costs Rs 60.
Gupta Kulfi, Mazgaon
Around since 1983, Gupta Kulfi is a landmark in the city. Although you also get ice cream here, the kulfi is the flagship product. They’ve started selling their signature Mango Kulfi only two weeks ago. You can visit any day till 11 pm to enjoy it fresh. A 100 gm serving will cost Rs 40, while a 1 kg pack is for Rs 400.
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Apart from the Mango Milkshake, this popular hole-in-the-wall also serves Mango Cream and Mango Juice. Each one of these preparations costs Rs 185. These specialities are known to cause traffic jams on Marine Drive as, on theweekends, people drive in from all parts of the city. “This craze will last for two months at least,” says Sandeep Powar, manager.
Samovar Café, Kala Ghoda
Another landmark café in Mumbai, Samovar has to be visited by all those who come to the Jehangir Art Gallery. “While the Mango Lassi here is available throughout the year, the fresh Mango Panna is what people come here for during the mango season,” says TV Mohanan, manager. They’ve just started serving it for Rs 95 per glass.
Mango Ice Cream Wafer Sandwich
K Rustom Ice Cream, Churchgate
Owned and run by an old lady, who may or may not be in a great mood when you arrive, Rustom Ice Cream has been around opposite Churchgate station for decades. They are known for serving a thick slab of fresh Mango Ice Cream sandwiched between two thin wafers. Each slab costs Rs 70.
Mango Slices and Malai Vanilla Ice Cream
Natural Ice Cream, bandra (W)
Since 1984, Natural Ice Cream outlets have been serving fresh seasonal flavoured ice cream. Their summer speciality — fresh mango pieces served with Malai Vanilla ice cream — has started just a few days ago and is available for Rs 110 per cup. “Customers had started asking for it a few days before we started,” says Javed Nandoliya, who owns the Bandra (W) franchise.