Serpentine queues outside restaurants
are de rigueur in a city that is always on the move. Mumbai is a city that eats
on the run and any free time is a good time to indulge in its greatest passion –
But when Restaurant
comes to town, Mumbaikars slow down and make reservations. In its third year, this
culinary event has become a fixture on the calendars of the city’s food
Diners can sample dishes from some of
the finest restaurants through a three-course prix fixe menu. A steal with lunch for 1,000
rupees and dinner for 1,200 rupees, this year is the biggest yet with 27
restaurants listed for an extended period of 10 days.
With restaurants such as Koh by Ian Kittichai, known for the the
chef’s signature Thai cuisine; dimsum mecca Yauatcha;
South Indian restaurant Dakshin Coastal on the list, it’s a gastronomic bonanza. Notable additions include
gourmet vegetarian dining bar Tuskers
North West Frontier culinary experience. Italian Two One Two Bar and Grill and pan-Asian restaurant Ocean also make for an interesting curation
by Friends of Restaurant Week, a group of bloggers, connoisseurs and sommeliers
responsible for selecting the participating restaurants.
The menus balance
both signature and innovative dishes, and the choices are exhaustive. Asian
cuisine aficionados’ can dig into Hakkasan’s
signature San Pei chicken claypot or sample San Qi’s maki rolls. If continental
cuisine is more your speed, don’t miss the slow-cooked pork belly “breakfast”
at Olive Bar and Kitchen, Blue Frog’s beer-brined rosemary roast chicken and Botticino’s chilli and fennel crusted snapper.
For Indian food, head to the traditional nawabi-Muslim inspired Neel
at Tote on the Turf for
the surprising bamboo shoot and water chestnut patty, Maya’s melt-in-your-mouth nihari gosht, a Hyderabadi speciality of
slow-cooked lamb shanks with onion and saffron, and Ziya’s exotic rose petal and gulab jamun
Restaurant Week runs from 1 to 10 April.
Tables are being booked faster that they can be added, so you need to be quick;
reservations can be made on the website.
Fernandes is the Mumbai Localite for