burgerA juicy beef burger with crispy bacon, fried egg and fries? Churchill’s famous King Solomon Steak and the Hash pepper steak with mushroom sauce and bacon salad? Meatball subs? Beef Biryani? Beef seekh kebabs with pav at some roadside shack in Santacruz? Well, say goodbye because you are going to be sorely missing all of these delicacies soon.

President Pranab Mukherjee gave his nod to a long pending campaign of banning beef in Maharashtra. His assent has brought into practice the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, that bans the slaughter of bulls and bullocks, which was previously allowed based on a fit-for-slaughter certificate. However, water buffaloes will be allowed, which is mostly seen as inferior quality meat.

As for us, we are crying rivers today. And reminiscing about those fantastic days when nothing could feel better than a juicy medium-rare. Here are some of our city favourites, in memoriam:

USDA Prime Beef Tenderloin steak with potato puree, greens and jus at Ellipsis, Colaba

House Spiced Tenderloin with garlic whipped potatoes and whiskey jus at Salt Water Café, Bandra & Churchgate

Beef Chilly Fry at Leopold Café, Colaba

Zoe’s Tenderloin Cheese Burger at Café Zoe, Lower Parel

Steak with Saurkraut, Bacon and Sausage at Imbiss, Bandra & Churchgate

Double Cheddar Beef Burger at Woodside – All Day Bar and Eatery, Andheri

Goan Beef Steak with tomatoes, fried onions and potato wedges at New Martin’s Hotel, Colaba

Rehman’s Beef Seekh Pav at Kalina, Santacruz