Authentic Parsi Food With The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 The new 650 cc mill is the best engine Royal Enfield has ever made


I REMEMBER Trudi Canavan once said, “Inspiration comes from so many sources. Music, fiction, non-fiction, TV shows, films, news reports, people you know, stories you hear, misheard words, lyrics or dreams” but little did I know that I will find inspiration in food.

I was having a working lunch at the a famous Parsi joint in Bandra Kurla Complex, Soda Bottle Openerwala & the Dhansak there struck a chord in my head. I strongly believe that regret for of wasted time, is more waste of time and so without wasting another minute, I called up few riding buddies and the plan was set.

Next, we i know, early Saturday morning at 6AM along with the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 we were all geared up to ride to Udwada – a historic and regarded as an exceedingly sacred town by the Parsi and Zoroastrian community. 

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. (Image: Argho Ajay Mukherji)

From Mumbai the NH8 is one of the better highways to cherish a road trip, with proper four lane straight highway & it gave me the freedom to the enjoy this new Motorcycle. The new 650 cc mill is the best engine Royal Enfield has ever made. The twin cylinder with 47 hp and 52 Nm of torque is a bliss to ride.  Overtaking those long trailers on the highway has never been so fun on any Royal Enfield till date. 

To satisfy the early morning Keema Pav cravings one has to stop at the Ahura, approximately 130 kms away from Mumbai, the restaurant provides a perfect start to the day.

Pro tip: Always start with the tea.

By the time we reached Valsad, a small industrial town in Gujarat, the March sun was out doing the best it does, testing our patience and the riding gear’s breathability!

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. (Image: Argho Ajay Mukherji)

Since Udwada doesn’t have much of stay options for a non Parsi we choose Daman. alThough personally am not a big fan of the place and its beaches, we fortunately found a good stay called “Silver Sand Beach resort”– The food and stay was quite good and not overly priced, but guess who was getting all the attention, the Interceptor 650 in the parking lot. 

Next day early morning I throttled the Interceptor for Udwada, around 15 kms away from Daman, this little sleepy town welcomed us with some beautiful heritage houses. The small empty lanes just intrigued us into its charm.

Udvada is a coastal town renowned for the Zoroastrian Atash Bahram Fire Temple. Udvava literally stands for `grazing ground of camels`, which locals said was actually the town`s condition prior to becoming a fishing village. The Iranshah or the Atash Bahram Fire temple is the chief attraction.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. (Image: Argho Ajay Mukherji)

But I am here for the food, though any local restaurant would offer you good Parsi food like Fried Boi (Mullet Fish), Sali Margi or Ghosht, Rava Sheera, Dhanshak, Macaroons and Nan Khatai but I was looking forward to  Café Farohar.

Situated just beside the Sohrabji Jamshedji Sodawaterwalla Dharamshala, this café run by a Mother & Son duo offers you the best Boi Fry, Chicken Farcha, Mutton Pulao Dar, Prawn Dhandar Patio you can ever have but do not forget to try the Mango ice-cream which I did. 

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. (Image: Argho Ajay Mukherji)

Post meal, it was time to head back to the maximum city in the heat of 35 Degree Celsius but as I said riding gear plays a lot of significance. The newly launched Royal Enfield STREETWIND JACKET, it comes with all-day rides suitable 100% Polyester outer shell, CE Level 1 protection for shoulders, elbows and back & Cordura denim for added comfort and durability.

My Rynox SHIELD PRO gloves provides that perfect balance of comfort and protection in this weather condition and from the last six months I have using these gloves, till date I have no complaints.

My riding trouser has been the RE Darcha pant by Revit since last 3 years and this trouser has been abused on every single ride but the fit & finish along with the quality of the pant is still I can vouch for but I am looking forward to try out some new options. which 

Enough of Gyaan, can someone  pass me a bottle of Raspberry? Please!

(Argho Ajay Mukherji has been writing on motorcycles, travel & food for over 5 years now. His passion for motorcycles has taken him all across the country and when not riding he loves to cook, visit new eateries and read poetry by Gulzar.
Someday he wants to ride on the Isle of Man TT Circuit.)




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