A new, unique dining experience has opened up in Cambridgeshire, offering the ultimate menu to tickle your taste buds, with a range of home-cooked, traditional Indian recipes. From street food, curries, desserts and side dishes, you can indulge in the ultimate feast, prepared with spices sourced from an Indian farm and secret family recipes.
With the slogan; “Coffee by day, curry by night”, The Mohak Cafe in Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire has introduced a new dining experience offering delicious Indian food prepared from recipes that have been in the family for centuries. The recipes are made from spices transported all the way from their family farm in India.
The new dining experience at Mohak Cafe called Mohak Indian Thali Experience was created by Popat and Bharti Godhaniya when they wanted to bring the traditional way of eating and culture of India to Cambridgeshire. Popat, both from India, came to the UK 10 years ago to meet his wife Bharti who was living in Leicester at the time.
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The couple met online when Popat was still in India, he later arrived in the UK and met Bharti in Leicester, they have been together ever since. Looking for a new business, Popat and Bharti decided to move to Cambridgeshire in 2015, where they have been setting up businesses ever since.
Having previously shared her family recipes with Cambridgeshire residents, Popat explains that they have already sold their curries Haslingfield and Barrington, with Popat saying, “Our curries are already popular in the area”. Popat explained, “We’ve been serving our curries for a number of years, so people know that our curries are completely different from restaurant curries.”
They sold their curries at local shops and in September 2021 the couple bought Mohak Cafe, having previously owned a cafe. Now they continue to bring the flavors of India to Cambridgeshire through a unique culinary experience.
Speaking of her latest venture and dining experience, Popat said, “It’s different, a totally unique concept. My wife has always wanted something to do with our roots. She loves to cook and her passion is cooking.”
Explaining what makes her curries different, Popat said, “They’re homemade and the recipes were passed down from my wife’s mom who passed them down to her and her grandmother passed them down to her mom.” Adding that they don’t put yoghurt, milk or flour in their curries.
You’ll be treated to a traditional Indian way of eating, and given a large plate with small bowls of curries for you to sample a range of flavors. Popat said: “We only give small portions of curries and then fill them up with everything they need.” Adding: “We don’t cut the corners, we prepare food from the bookings just to know how much we’re making.” , and so there is no food waste.”
Another reason the couple started the dining experience was because they thought there was a gap in the market for authentic Indian cuisine in Cambridgeshire. Popat said when they first moved to Cambridgeshire in 2015 they were “really disappointed” at the lack of this kitchen in the area.
Now offering a new dining experience, Popat and Bharti are keen to share their love of food and Indian cuisine with Cambridgeshire residents to offer something different in the county. At weekends, you can indulge in a tray of lively, delicious curries, including sides of naans, rice, samosas, dips and pickles.
The Mohak Indian Thali Experience is available on Friday and Saturday nights with the experience starting at 7:15pm and ending around 10pm for each guest. It costs £36pp and is certainly worth every penny as Popat and Bharti will offer more than enough traditional Indian dishes from a range of secret family recipes and species.
With a set menu, those who have been there will be happy to know that they change the menu every month to constantly offer different curries and flavors. Or if you can’t wait until the evening to visit. the Mohak Cafe is open until 4pm for coffee and cake during the day.
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