Who needs chopsticks. Sometimes you should just go for it!!
Flora restaurant in Worli Mumbai was featured in the above scene where Nagesh (Asrani) is struggling to use the chopsticks. The restaurant is still in business. It does not seem that the decor has changed much over the years.
For lovers of the movie, please identify the dishes ordered by Arun (Amol Palekar)
In the movie “Chhoti si Baat” Arun Pradeep (Amol Palekar) wants to buy a scooter to impress his lady love Prabha (Vidya Sinha) and instead ends up buying an old bike due to a devious stratagem hatched by Ustad Gurnaam, of Munich garage, and his mechanic accomplice Pinto.
As part of a plan to get rid of an old bike that is in a state of disrepair, Gurnaam, along with Peter, Pinto and another accomplice staged a enactment where Pinto and the other guy pretend to be buyers interested in the bike. As part of the sales pitch, Gurnaam lists out the following qualities for the motorcycle.
- Single owner for 25 years
- Original English maal (closest translation – goods)
- Every component is like a piece of diamond
Gurnaam also claims that the bike is his dil ka tukda (piece of heart) and he is compelled to sell this only because he is in financial need. Gurnaam asks for Rs 4000 and settles for a single cash payment of Rs 3000 to which Arun agrees to.
In this movie it is shown that Arun is looking at a Royal Enfield bike, but when he is riding in the picture above, it is a Triumph Speed Twin model.
This is where it all began. The trio enjoying a meal at the wonderful Cafe Samovar (closed) at Jehangir Art Gallery in Bombay.
Arun (Amol Palekar) attempts to order but Nagesh buts in, snatching the menu from Arun and proceeds to order. Nagesh is a regular at the restaurant and instructs the waiter D’Souza (first name unknown) to put in an order for his special dish (reference to Chicken a la Poos). Furthermore, Nagesh first confirms that the Chef Peter is indeed working today and in the kitchen to tend to his order. It is mentioned (by Nagesh) that Peter will pay special attention to the order if he is aware that it was ordered by Nagesh.
Nagesh goes on to place the order with D’Souza as follows
- Chicken a la Poos – 3 Plates
- Dahi Bada (According to Nagesh, often relished by Prabha) – 3 Plates
- Keema (minced meat) Parantha – unkown quantity
Nagesh quite authoritatively mentions to D’Souza that his tip is contingent on quick service.
During the small talk at the table it is revealed that Sunil (Gavaskar) was Nagesh’s batchmate and was indeed guided by Nagesh, though it is not immediately clear if he was referring to school or college batch.
Once the food arrives, the order has been partially fulfilled as is evident from the picture below.
The Dahi Bada, Chicken and rice are clearly identifiable, but we cannot confirm the identity of the 4th item. It appears to be some sort of vegetable dish which is not mentioned in the ordering round.
Also, missing from the order is the keema parantha (potentially due to the ambiguous quantity in the order) which is noticed by Nagesh and immediately apologetically acknowledged by D’Souza. However, we never get to see this item actually being fulfilled as the party continue to enjoy lunch and the next shot shows finger bowls on the table.
As for the filming location a few shots of the venue in their present condition.
View from outside
Cafe Samovar seating area
Humble Menu, missing signature dish – Chicken a la Poos