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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Indian Cuisine evolution: our Mumbai experience.

Once more a post on Mumbai, the buzzing city. 
Here is a more specific post on the evolution of the Indian gastronomy. Among the new restaurants, new trends we also went to our classic favorites which year after year seem to never age. 
Coming from Barcelona where the nouvelle cuisine with its new techniques such as molecular gastronomy was born, birthplace of the world known prestigious chef Ferran Adria; I was curious to see how it adapted to Indian dishes. It  had a sense of dejà vu; but it was indeed a new reinterpretation of traditional dishes offering the clients something never seen before.

  • We went to SpiceKlub, a fully vegetarian restaurant. Trying the Indian nouvelle cuisine here was a good experience. It is is Indian delicacies served with a molecular twist. On the whole  it was an interesting experience; a pleasure to have so many vegetarian dishes as well. Here in Barcelona I always need to talk to the chef some days before to make sure there will be a special tasting menu for me. Opp Foenix mill, Spice Klub
  • Spherical Dahi Puri: the same flavors presented in an original way.
    Vada Pav: pureed vada, served with crispy boodi and masala in an eatable bag.

    Nitrogren Kulfi served with different toppings, it was fun and yummy! 
    Paan experience with liquid nitrogen: quite a show! 

  • We couldn't go to Masala Library, also a  nouvelle cuisine restaurant, where nitrogen and and spherification is used. Masala club , belongs to Jiggs Karla the same owner of Punjab Grill, who has oulets all over India. Punjab grill offers great North Indian cuisine
  • Veg Kabab at Punjab Grill at the Palladium Mall!
We then tried some new cool & trendy cafés, offering a joyful experience filled with youth and freshness. New concept in India, where the motto is less is more. You will find the modern look with cement walls and cables hanging not the intricate & showy decor we would normally find. 
  •  We enjoyed The Bombay Canteen, we went for lunch and had a good time in the spacious modern space. The cuisine is India Inspired. You will get the traditional dishes, the homefood served in a traditional yet modern and innovative style.

    Kichdi time! at Bombay Canteen!

  • We also tried Colaba Social for drinks one night, great and buzzing atmosphere with wonderful funky cocktails and bites. The lunch/brunch is more a family affair in a modern and loud atmosphere. Joyful and young!
    Chilly Paneer and fresh juices.

  • Sindhi Curry, nachos and modern vada pav!
Then of course we went to some fine dining.
  • Ziya in the Trident hotel was the perfect combination of good taste, perfect service and a soothing atmosphere. I had the vegetarian tasting menu. It was an incredible experience where tradition mingled with innovation. I can say it was my best meal this trip. 

    The tasting menu consisted of: - Amuse bouche: semolina crusted aubergine w cashewnuts, jaggery laassi. - Sesame crusted mushroom tikki. - Whisky Flambé paneer and beetroot galauti, Goan sauce and beetroot cress. -Burmt Garlic Brocoli Tikka, Bombay Cheese Toast. -Pear Sorbet. - Smoked Edamame Beans & Spinach, Chennai Kofta in coconut masala, curry leaf a6 asparragus rice, plantain chips. -Chocolate block. 
  • We went to the Sahib Room in the on our last day for lunch. We took the lunch set menu, which is quite a bit for one person but had  Authentic Indian Taste. you really seemed to be in the Maharaja Dining room with the grandeur of the atmosphere. 
I will finish with some pictures of some classics in Mumbai you shouldn't miss. 
Shopping time at Aza, 21 Alatamount Road. 

The best paan in town, at Mucchad Panvala, Nepean Sea Road. 

Sunday Brunch at Jw Marriott Juhu.

Family Lunch at Umame. 

Shopping at Bombay Electric

Best Chole Bathura at Cream Centre, Chowpatty. 

Starbucks, at Hornimans Circle. 

La Folie Patisserie in Mumbai: authentic french pastries. 

Chaat at Kailash Prabat, Colaba. 

Tea Time at the Oberoi, the Champagne lounge. Perfect for a romantic evening, admiring the sunset

Library at Cuffe para
Tea Time at Theobroma Colaba, an informal place where you varied pastries, many eggless options as well as a yummy mawa cake. 

Trying Chandon, made in India. Sparkling wine made b y Moet & Chandon.

Shopping for letter pads, papers and packaging at Chimanlal.

Colaba Causeway!
Hornimans Circle.

Fab India: shopping time.

Bridal Shopping at Sabyasachi, Fort store: the flagship boutique.

Shopping at Parvati Vila, on Colaba. Great accessories and etnic wear. 

You can check my other posts on Mumbai here and here

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