Unique Gastronomical Treats in Mumbai
With so many of the same, sometimes it’s really hard to stand out in a crowd. This holds true for restaurants and cafes. With so many of them cropping up all over the city, it becomes increasingly difficult to stand out and be different. Most restaurants follow the herd and blindly copy what they perceive as a popular formula but only a few are daring enough to be bold and unique or even pioneers for certain cuisines.
Here are some of these adventurous restaurants that dish it up unlike any other.
Masala Library’s Intensive Dessert List (Molecular Gastronomy Fun) - This innovative restaurant’s middle name is fun and they really know how to liven up a meal. This is a contemporary Indian restaurant, which plays with certain flavours and styles of Indian food. It is the first restaurant to actually dabble in molecular gastronomy in the city. Other chefs might have tried this with a dish or two but Masala Library stands out with using this technique of cooking to their advantage. Another increasingly strong point for the restaurant is that unlike most Indian cuisine restaurants they have really paid attention to their dessert list and come up with some innovative dishes and taken the desserts so much further than just the regular gulab jamun, rasmalai and standard items. With ghevar cheesecake and jalebi caviar, in just three months this restaurant has created a niche for its self.
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Long and Short Intercontinental (tweaking world food and fusion dishes) - This is the latest venture by the Intercontinental Hotel in Mumbai and this stylish resto bar is one of the first restaurants to boldly mix and match cuisines. They take inspiration from various dishes and give it their own twist. A classic example is the famous Mumbai street sandwich where they serve the dish as their interpretation of what it should be which includes the sandwich on brioche bread, melted mozzarella a little drizzle of salsa and of course the main elements of the sandwich. Their menu features some delightful fusion dishes as well. Most restaurants shy away from attempting these but Long and Short has taken a bold step in introducing fusion dishes to the menu like - a chello kebab risotto - a perfect combination of Indian and Italian flavours.
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Thai Pavilion ( The First Thai Restaurant in Mumbai ) - Thai food has become a rage in the city now and we can all say a big thank you to Thai Pavilion at Vivanta by Taj for that. This is the first restaurant to take such a brave decision so many years ago and introduce a cuisine which was fairly unknown to most( except those who travel frequently) and turned it into a hot seller. In fact even today it is the first place you think of for traditional exquisite Thai food and through the years the hotel and restaurant have managed to sustain their quality and please their patrons. Not only do you find smaller Thai restaurants around the city but a lot of Thai dishes feature on most oriental menus across the city and is considered a ‘safe’ bet now.
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Wasabi (The First Japanese Restaurant in Mumbai ) - Japanese food has taken the world by storm and has many fans in the city. There are a grand total of about ten exclusive Japanese restaurants in the city but if you ask anyone where to dine the only answer you will get is Wasabi by Morimoto at the Taj Mahal Hotel. It was the first Japanese restaurant in the city and at one time it was touted as THE most expensive restaurant in the city, even more than Zodiac Grill. Other restaurants have sprung up after its inception and sushi is now regularly featured on most menus in any restaurant but the king of Japanese food will always be the first one to introduce it not just for its excellent taste but the freshness and quality the restaurant prides its self on.
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Roxanne is a pint-sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog - www.thetinytaster.com. A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she’s decided to take the world by storm - one plate a a time!