A nondescript hidden gem in the by-lanes of Santacruz East, Thotrin serves authentic North-Eastern flavours like no other in the city!
You’d look and feel like this is another ‘Chindian’ joint but if you explore further, it’s actually a homegrown eatery which serves Naga and Manipuri Cuisines majorly! Although the joint has a quaint air-conditioned seating arrangement, Thotrin Café is big on the flavours and quantity.
Both the cultures which they serve on our plates, are also known for their love of meat but they use a variety of greens too which is almost a testament to the biodiversity that is prevalent in their regions!
Thotrin’s menu is stocked with meat recourses for you to devour but when here, we’d suggest you to take up an indelible adventure. Move over the staid options of the regular proteins like mutton and chicken and opt for their snail delicacy, which this kiosk has been ‘s’nailing absolutely.
Escargo with Hoksa, which is pork cooked in bamboo shoot soup with snails, is the star here and if you’re a foodie & adventurer at heart, you gotta spoon through this dish! The dish is made of fatty pork chunks and you’ll spot tiny black snails swimming in a thin funky-smelling gravy. You can opt for a chutney made from ‘Yongchaak’ which is also known as the ‘stink bean’.
The snails here are sourced directly from a town called Ukhrul in Manipur and this lends a certain amount of earthiness to the gravy, which is further seasoned with diced ginger, garlic, king chilli and a specific type of Mexican coriander called maroi. The uniqueness of this dish, pulls in crowd from around and although it smells a lil’ pungent, the flavors are delicious yet simple.
Thotrin Cafe is bound to become an all-time favourite for those who haven’t sampled Manipuri and Naga cuisine yet and we’re sure, this place will take the cake with its hospitality too!
This pygmy eatery is perhaps a reminder too, of the diverse communities thriving in the city, making it a flavourful place, one dish at a time.
Location: Shop 2, Kolivery Village, Opposite St. Roque, Kalina, Santacruz East, Mumbai
Timings: 12noon – 11pm
Cost: ₹650 for two people (approx.)