In our food journey we always get to hear stories spun with unique and interesting facts. So it happened in the 1940’s in South Africa, where the concept of Bunny Chow first started. When Indians migrated there, they set up curry houses and served the curries as a quick take away meal for the labor class in scooped out hollow bread loafs. Bunny Chows are famous in South Africa, and mostly known as one of the Indian fast food items. And the best way to eat a Bunny Chow is by using your hands. Papa Buns has bought up this fascinating idea to our city – curries like Butter Chicken, Mutton Nahari are ladled into hollowed out freshly baked bread and served to you.
We got a chance to eat at the recently opened Papa Buns outlet in Indirapuram and we got bunny-chowed over 🙂
With plans to order some items from the menu later, we started with the USP of the restaurant – Bunny Chow. Out of the variants available (vegetable/paneer makhani/channa/paneer masala/chicken korma/butter chicken/mughlai chicken/mutton nihari), we chose the only mutton variant – Mutton Nihari (279). We were told that all breads are baked fresh after the order, so it does take a little bit of time for the order to arrive, but then it’s worth the wait. The quantity is very good, and it was sufficient for the two of us. So much so, it killed our plans to order a stuffed bun and pasta later. Coming to the taste, it’s amazing. Of course, we didn’t expect an old Delhi style Mutton Nihari, but what we got was pretty close. To add to that, fresh baked bread. Served with masala onion rings and coleslaw, this is a complete meal in itself.
mutton nihari bunny chow
We could only muster courage to order a Chocolate Bun (109) after the filling Bunny Chow. What came to our table was a fresh baked bun, with a crisp outer filled with chocolate, and loads of it 🙂 Pure indulgence.
The place has seating for about 20 people, on the first floor and weather permitting, few on the outside. Food does take time to come, but it’s only because the breads are baked fresh, and as someone said good food takes time!
We can’t wait to go back and try the other Bunny Chow variants and other items on the menu! The Chef’s Special Vodka tossed pasta is so inviting!