My affection for India goes through various fluctuations but can never really dissipate. Our annual visit though seems so vague in the cards with the virus infections soaring relentlessly, compounded with their lack of medical infrastructure to stymie this phenomenon. I content myself with some memories of those earlier days of discovering this city of 20 million.
Khyber at Fort, (website link here) in Mumbai, is perceived as a tourist trap by the locals. I was sniffed at for wanting to try it out because as always, dramatic aesthetics have a way of easily capturing my attention. But there it stood, in one of my favourite parts of the city, Kala Ghoda, in all its Mughal regalia and a booking for two was secured for dinner.
And I still don’t find it offensive in any way. Service was great by attentive waiting staff and I devoured what I thought was delicious chicken tikka soaked in the Khyber sauce (abit more spicy than usual). The fresh tasty tossed salad sprinkled with sesame seed still makes an impression till today, four years later. Price was also reasonable (not as cheap as Delhi Durbar but not exorbitant either).
For Mumbaikers, this may be a little kitsch. But for the generic tourist, I would say – proceed with ease and comfort.