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Small plates are commonplace now in most restaurants across India and Mumbai is no exception. Encompassing everything from hors d’oeuvres and appetizers to smaller-portion entrées, these are now the preferred option among diners, who want multiple dishes to try and yet, want to control the portion size they consume. Furthermore, these prove to be value-for-money as well, as one can share these. Not limited to any one cuisine, these ensure ample variety for diners. Chefs too get an opportunity to get creative with small plates and showcase their talent. Some Mumbai resto bars and eateries offer interesting small plates which are memorable owing to their unique flavours and textures.
Herb crusted scotch eggs, baby greens at Kode, Lower Parel
This precisely curated plate is a treat for the eyes as it is for the palate. The amalgamation of textures enhance the subtle flavours too and Chef Saurabh Udinia ensures you have a satisfying experience right from the beginning of your meal.
Gambas al Ajillo at El Toro, Bandra Reclamation
Neatly presented, this tapas certainly entices you the moment it lands on your table. Prawns in any form are irresistible and if tossed in garlic, olive oil, parsley and red chilies, they are an absolute must-try. Chef Onkar Samarth does a delicious Spanish one at this place. The fresh prawns, swathed in zesty and tangy flavours are palate pleasing all the way.
Balinese Ikan Bakar at Shizusan, Lower Parel
One need not travel to Bali to taste this local grilled fish delicacy. Chef Paul Kinny’s Balinese Ikan Bakar wrapped in banana leaf and sambal belachan, is cooked to perfection with the delicate flavours intact. Attractively presented, this one makes you hungry instantly.
Andhra Chicken at Bombay Brasserie, Worli
These fiery chicken tenders made with southern spices are a treat for the palate. Simple, rustic and robust flavours are what epitomise this small plate, which can leave any carnivore craving for more.
Bajra and ricotta gnudi at Toast and Tonic, BKC
Pearl millets have never tasted so good before as when combined with creamy ricotta cheese. Served with green amaranth and spinach, and a local greens Velouté. This one is a perfect combination of taste plus health and the myriad flavours tingle your taste buds from word go.
Steak tartare at Slink & Bardot, Worli
Poetry on a plate is how one can aptly describe this carefully crafted small plate by Chef Alexis. Served with mustard ice cream and a toasted baguette, it does not get any more French than this. The flavours shine through and the ingredients complement each other.
So treat your taste buds to a variety of small plates in Mumbai across cuisines, as per your palate preference.
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.