So this emu expert was driving through the old NH4 highway, looking for some dhaba named after Toni. Signs for the dhaba peppered the highway once we were past Lonavala, and eventually we were informed in warm tones that they accept all major credit cards, do come on in.
Emu meat, I must say, was interesting. Firstly, it is red meat – as dark as mutton, and with a taste that’s not dissimilar. Stringy, but not chewy, the pleasant texture of a well-cooked brisket springs to mind. And of course, given the size of the bird, the bones were huge and hard. Overall, quite pleasant, but smothered in a generic masala difficult to be be excited about except as a novelty. It had enough favour that something interesting can possibly be made from it with a good cook and some experimentation, but till then do go to Toni’s Dhaba and use any credit card.