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Marigold flowers lead to the glass door entrance via the small staircase. The beautiful panoramic view of the serene waterfront comforts me and I love the new venue at once. It is none too traditional in its décor and has a very upbeat contemporary feel to it. Both the veg and non-veg tasting menus begin with a dish called ‘Puchkas Five Water’, essentially a take on the humble Kolkata street food. Here the Puchka are bite-sized and decadent with shots of various waters ranging the gamut from tamarind to buttermilk. One of my favourites from the new menu is the deceptively simple dish aka 'home-style Chicken Curry'; this dish is a reference to what Chef Manish’s kitchen team loves to eat on a daily basis at home. Here the chicken is cooked and then shaped into a roulade. The result is remarkably light and marries well with the 'Turmeric Rice' and preserved onion, an example of modern cooking technique put to good use. Mehrotra is an artist and artists should be permitted to succeed. A good wine list and efficient service despite the crowd.
Indian food is considered to be rich and covered in gravy. But Indian Accent has changed all that and created a new definition of our cuisine. The modern avatar of Indian dishes generated by chef Manish Mehrotra are a revelation. He is a genius who tries to give his regulars a change every week. He is innovative and keeps within bounds of the authenticity offering dishes like pulled kathal phulka taco which is essentially a jackfruit wrap.
Duck khurchan cornetto and potato sphere chaat represents as impeccable entrée. Pao bhaji with ricotta wada is exceptional. Tamarind fish with coconut barley reminds of coastal ghat, its each morsel a pleasure to eat. The chef has strewn the menu cleverly playing with textures and different flavours. The menu is written in composed and well thought manner. The plate prepared comes to you a visual delight. The bread bar is unconventional with its chilli hoisin duck kulcha, Applewood smoked bacon kulcha, wild mushroom kulcha. The combinations are so unique and untried in India. Wasabi raita is unheard of! For dessert section he keeps on his winning streak. His mishit doi cannoli and besan ladoo tart is just an extention of his talents. You can also opt for chef’s dessert platter for best of everything. The wine list supplies to every need. Be it champagne or wine it is equipped to match each occasion. The staff is very observant and intuitive to your needs.
The best part of the meal is that the chef comes personally to discuss the meal so you can pick his brain with this awesome bonus. Indian Accent is expensive but worth every penny with its once in a lifetime experience. It maintains its exclusiveness by being hard to find so be prepared to tour friends colony west pretty well. Its location make it even more elusive. Book in advance so you don’t miss out on the restaurant’s hidden delights. If you are fortunate enough to be seated then don’t forget to try chef’s signature dishes. Ask for chef’s table if you have a large gathering so you can watch chef Manish in all his glory. The décor is deceptively simple and classic but the food served is exceptional. Such talent within our reach should be savoured and tried often.