City eateries have registered good business in the month of Ramadan, thanks to the growing demand in iftaar catering and party orders.
Arabian Bites, a restaurant in Kondhwa that specialises in Arabian food, have registered double the amount of iftaar party orders compared to last year.
“We have received 30 orders this year for iftaar in which we give starters like samosas, haleem, biryani and gravy,” says owner Abdullah Siddiqui, adding that he has declined further orders for the next couple of days as he is going to Hyderabad to celebrate Eid with his family.
Madinah, another restaurant in Bhavani Peth, known for its biryanis and kebabs, has been catering for iftaars for many years now and has seen a consistent growth in orders over the past few years. Its specialties include Angara Roll, Chicken Hungama Kebab and Mughlai Roll.
Farheen Khan, a resident of Fatimangar, has been organising iftaar parties for her family, relatives and close friends for the last two years. “Earlier, we would do it at home but we realised that it becomes hectic for the women of the house, and so we have started booking restaurants, which is much more convenient and offers a bigger variety. Next year, we plan to order iftaar food at home,” she says. Generally, the cost of five iftaar delicacies sufficient for 10 people, ranges between Rs 300 to Rs 400.
The Food Gallery, locally known for their Parsi food in Kondhwa, has also undertaken many catering orders for iftaar parties this year. “This year, we clocked 11 buffet orders. Food is our core competency and if the client wants extra arrangements like seating services or live food counters for iftaar parties, we do that as well. We also receive last-minute reservations,” says owner Farhad Aibara. Some of its preparations include Banjara Tikkas, Dabba Gosht, Mutton Rogan, Shahi Tukda and date pancakes.
While most restaurants in Kondhwa that have been serving iftaar delicacies, would be closed on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, one can still manage to indulge in iftaar food items on the day.
Double Tree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad has organised an iftaar buffet at their restaurant 3 Spices on Thursday with a vast array of food items ranging from seasonal fruits, fried and baked dishes and salads.
“We have experimented with Hyderabadi cuisine. This is the first time we are organising something like this and we want to see how people would respond,” says Chandan Kumar, manager of 3 Spices.