Manish Arora and Marielou Phillips, two fashion big names and ambassadors of Indian culture in France, launch Holy Holi, an Indian food concept pop-up store opening to October 18, 2020 at Desi Road restaurant.
During lockdown, the two fans of gastronomy (and fashion!) have found refuge in their kitchen where they remembered family recipes.
From this experience, they created Holy Holi, with which, at Desi Road (the best Indian restaurant in Paris, according to Manish Arora, living in Paris for 13 years), they offer Indian home food, you cannot find in Indian restaurants in France.
Holy Holi unveils these traditional family recipes, aka home food, they are only shared within the house, in the private circle, from generation to generation, especially between women.
Manish Arora and Marielou Phillips’ family cooking comes from Punjab, and especially from Goa and Bombay, they come from. Therefore, Holy Holi is available in a range of 5 interpretations of thali, this Indian meal that means variety and abundance, with different dishes served on the same tray.
On the occasion, Marielou and Manish have redecorated Stéphanie de Saint-Simon’s Desi Road restaurant, especially with pink and gold hues, Manish Arora's favorite colors. Moreover, they have decided to play old Bollywood movies on the walls.
With recipes from their families - where each member has a very specific naming - Manish Arora and Marielou Phillips take us on the discovery of a thousand and one flavors.
Starting with their "poha chura mix" appetizer, a mix of dried rice and spices - that looks like corn flakes but rice style. A dish that unveils fantastic flavors and whets the appetite for the rest of the meal.
As for thalis, Marielou and Manish provide 5 recipes (fish, chicken, vegetarian, vegan) with a lot of spices that are more or less spicy. Manish being vegetarian, he has created the two vegetarian recipes and the vegan one. As for Marielou, she worked on the fish and meat recipes.
The onion, potato and cilantro fritters are very tasty, not soft, even though they are dipped in yogurt curry.
Each of these thalis is served with 11 sides: grilled karela slices (bitter squash), the unforgettable and sweet yellow lentil dahl, different condiments and sauces, as well as gobi paratha, a delicious cauliflower patty.
For some softness, the two Holy Holi desserts are based on rose. You have ice cream and some bhapa doï, the Indian version of cheesecake.
Dates and Opening Time
From 2 October 2020 to 18 October 2020
14 Rue Dauphine
75006 Paris 6
Pont-Neuf ou Saint-Michel