I was pretty excited to check out this event when I saw it on the site. I had never been on a food crawl before, and coming from a Muslim family, I felt ashamed about the fact that still hadn't seen the famous Mohammed Ali Road during the month of Ramzan. So this was my chance! I attended Seek Sherpa's Iftar Walk hosted by Sherpa Vishall – an experience as delightful as it sounds. You might think that the walk is a costly affair, but by the end of it, you will find that every penny you spent was worth it.
We started the walk at 7.15 PM from our meeting point, Suleman Usman Mithaiwala. Our first stop was Bade Miyaan, where we were served the famous jabaan soup. Considering the high demand for this soup and the number of people in the group, we knew it would be long, so I decided to sip on tea in the meanwhile. Located diagonally opposite Bade Miyaan is a little tapri, that serves one of the most refreshing chai you'll ever have. After about 15 minutes came our much-awaited soup. Known as the specialty of Bade Miyaan, this soup is made of a variety of spices and is extremely flavorful. Once you have your first sip, you'll know exactly why you were taken there.
The next stop was Badri Sweets. Located just below Badri Hardware, an old man makes some of the most authentic double egg malpuas one can try. Served with a bowl of rabdi, the hot malpua melts in your mouth.
Then came the kebabs. Honestly, this was the main reason everyone was here. I have had many kebabs from a number of places, but Haji Tikka stole my heart. We tried both chicken and lamb seekh kebabs – the former being extremely juicy, and the latter rather soft and tender and full of flavors. Both were served with mint chutney and onions which were perfect accompaniments to the food. Do not miss the crispy khamiri roti with butter either.
We then stopped for ice cream at the famous Taj Ice Creams popular for their guava and muskmelon flavors. I decided to skip the recommended and opt for a seasonal Alphonso instead. Fine pieces of the mango blended within the ice cream, making it one of the most delectable items on the walk.
Next stop was phirni at Tawakkal, which also happens to be Salman Khan's go-to place for dessert during Ramzan. I was quite impressed on how not a single place so far had been a disappointment and the Sherpa knew exactly where he was taking us. Tawakkal served us three types of phirnis – kesar, mango and rose (kesar was my favorite) – and by the end of it, my tummy was already bulging and there were still three places left on the list.
The next place we stopped at was Jilani for bheja pav. As much as I love food, bheja is one thing I cannot have. Even though I constantly heard everyone's umms and ahhs of how lip-smacking it was, I couldn't gather the courage to try it. It as really nice of Vishall, the Sherpa, to have ordered chicken baida roti for me instead, without charging me for it.
This was just the beginning of the walk. The main course began at Imam Sherbetwaala for the Ramzan special sherbet. With fresh pieces of watermelon in the sherbet, this drink is an remedy for the heat and humidity in the city.
The last stop was Valli Bhai Paayawaala, where we were served barra handi and tandoori roti. While I am not really a fan of goat meat, this is something I would definitely recommend you meat-lovers to try.
So as I said, the walk overall was a paisa vasool, one with lots of munching and an equal amount of exercise. If you have missed out on the previous three Iftar walks, you can still go for it this Sunday. Sherpa Vishall knows exactly where to take you and what to do. Just check out his bar crawls and South Indian food walks that happen throughout the year.
P.S- Here are some of the group members enjoying the food!