The palate constantly seeks new and exciting flavours. New menus are a great way to treat one’s taste buds to these. Mumbai restaurants are regularly striving to offer excitement to the discerning gourmand today. Menus are reinvented and revamped by chefs, with a view to injecting a freshness and avoiding monotony. This season, several fresh menus await diners with several new offerings. My top 5 picks.
With a special focus on global dishes, inspired by local flavours and ingredients, Mumbaikars can now gorge on Bombay Duck Croquettes, a dish on the new menu, recently launched across outlets, to commemorate the 14th anniversary of Indigo Deli. Good ol’ Deli Classics, are around too. Asian Lentil Cake - Pan-Seared Cake of Sprouted Lentils served on a bed of Soba Noodle with Black-Bean Miso, Hearty Bowl of Kung-Pao Chicken and Jasmine Rice, are other new entrants.
Good news for dim sum lovers. Expect 68 varieties of dim sums on the new menu launched at PaPaYa. You are spoilt for choice. Vegetarians do not despair. There is a lot to choose from. The 68 dim sums come in 12 varieties: crystal, shao mai, baos, open baos, wontons, jiaozi, poached, xia long bao, cheung fun, glutinous rice, puffs and lo ma gai. Neatly packed with delicious fillings, these are immensely soul-satisfying. Spinach Wrapped Dim Sum with Prawn Filling is a must-try.
Chef Wang’s entry into India Jones, marks the launch of a new menu. Chef’s mastery over Sichuan food is well-known but he is equally adept at Cantonese and Shanghai-style dishes.
Sichuan Style Crackling Duck, Mongolian Braised Lamb Leg, Celery Crab and Chicken and Eggplant Chilli Garlic Sauce, are some of his signature dishes, you must try on this new menu.
The new menu launched at KOKO, offers something for every palate.
Tom Yum Prawns Soupy Dumpling
Dim sums are a highlight, but the show-stopper is the Soupy Dumpling. The all-new section has four variants – Iberico Pork, Imperial Chicken, Tom Yum Prawns and Tom Yum Je - the vegetarian option. Mandarin Black Pepper Crab and Singapore Chilli Crab, will make lovers of crustaceans drool. Deep-dive into Small Plates followed by sumptuous Big Plates, if you are still hungry. Known widely for their incredible ice-creams, be sure to leave some space for The Lamington – a delectable raspberry-filled chocolate butter sponge confection served with coconut ice cream, hazelnut ice-cream.
Kofuku has introduced a set meal menu for lunch. It consists of eight delectable combos namely Katsu Curry Rice & Kake Udon Teishoku, Tendon and Kake Udon Teishoku, Yaki Sakana and Sashimi Teishoku and others. This is a wholesome three-course meal that comes at an affordable price of Rs 850 plus taxes.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.