Review: Amritsar Food Festival at Sofitel Mumbai with Masterchef Contestant Chef Jyoti Arora.

The Amritsar express that connects Mumbai to the Golden city completes the journey in approximately thirty hours.  Thirty long hours before you can offer prayers at the Golden Temple and savor delicacies that would make any Instagram lover proud.  Just the thought of relishing Amritsari macchi, kulcha-chole, lassi, gur ka halwa, dal pinni would make the long journey worthwhile. But we hopped on to the Amritsar Xpress and enjoyed authentic delicacies, right in Mumbai…. Wondering where?

The beautiful Al fresco section at Jyran, Sofitel

This Baisakhi season, Masterchef contestant Ms. Jyoti Arora crafts a special menu at Jyran Sofitel, Mumbai BKC consisting of delicacies like Tandoori Chicken, Jhinga Patiala, Mutton Shammi Kabab, Bharwan Aloo Tandoori, Keema Kaleji, Butter Chicken, Chole & Kulcha, Makai ki Roti and more. So hop on with us as we take you through the fun ride.

Hop on to the Amritsar Xpress at Sofitel :-)

Do some Bhangra and Gidda with the traditional dance troupe.

With Chef Jyoti Arora a famed Masterchef contestant.

 We started with Paya Yakni Jyran- a clear soup made with soft baby lamb trotters cooked on slow fire with onions and curd and finished it in no time!!!  The meat was succulent and the flavours stood out even in absence of garam masala or chilli powder.  Don’t forget to use your hands to relish the soft meat…just like we did. :-)

Paya Yakni Jyran- a delectable lamb soup!

For appetisers we chose Amritsari macchi- a signature dish from Amritsar made with batter fried fish and enhanced with the sharp flavour of carom seeds. Usually in Amritsar you find the small dhabas using sole fish but here the dish was made with basa fish. We asked the chef and she explained that basa is preferred as its easier to source.

Amritsari Macchi- a must have appetiser 

Next came Amritsari boti- lamb on bones marinated with onion juice and Indian spices and cooked on hot charcoal embers in a tandoor (a clay oven). We found the boti pieces not so uniformly cooked, with some cooked to perfection and a few a little undercooked. But the flavours were good and it was heartening to know that Chef Arora avoids the usual technique of a papaya paste marinade to tenderize.  

Amritsari boti- lamb on bone marinated with onion jus and spices!

The Jinga Patiala- tiger prawns marinated with aromatic spices and cooked in tandoor are perfect to taste a bit of Amritsar sitting in Mumbai.

Jinga Patiala- tender and juicy tiger tiger prawns cooked in tandoor

We sipped on some sweetened lassi (a popular drink from Northern India) while waiting for the main course. Served in a clay glass, with a perfect balance of salt and sugar, we were reminded of innumerable glasses of “matka lassi” we had once downed in Delhi heat last week.  Yum J

For the main course we tried crispy tandoori roti with keema kaleji. The tandoori roti was golden, fluffy and extremely crispy.... just how we like it and the keema kaleji had juicy flavors that enhance only when the meat is slow cooked.

The crispy tandoori roti- perfect to dip into keema kaleji. 

Keema Kaleji- slow cooked lamb liver and mince!

For desserts we had Gud ka Karah- a traditional dessert made with jaggery and semolina topped with generous sprinkling of raisins and whole dry fruits. We absolutely loved it.


The speciality restaurant Jyran that serves Northwest frontier cuisine at Sofitel will make dining at the Amritsar Xpress festival a delight with its impeccable service and ambience. Choose between comfortable tables in the air conditioned indoors or cosy tents in the alfresco section.  Be it a prompt express lunch or an elaborate spread for dinner the food festival will entice your taste buds with home style cooking and keep you salivating for more. A traditional dance troupe entertained us with a beautiful dhol and dance routine adding a fervour to the occasion. Chef Arora's unassuming manner, mouth-watering and indulgent flavours of the spread and the beautiful ambience at Jyran, will recreate the magic of the captivating city of Amritsar!

27th March 2015 to the 14th of April 2015.

Jyran, Sofitel Hotel,
C 57,
Bandra Kurla Complex,

Call: 022 61175127