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It is the peak of summer and this weather demands cooling beverages and small meals. It is tough to tuck into juicy burgers or filling meals and most people are constantly on the lookout for dishes that are light and easy to digest. Despite the need to eat well, there are only that many salads one can eat so a great alternative is Tuna. One of the most underrated fish as most Mumbaikars love their prawns or fried rawas but this delicate piece of meat when treated well is not only delicious but makes for a beautiful summer friendly meal. Plenty of Tuna dishes available all over the city but these are just a few that we think are the very best.
The Table, Tuna Tataki - This is one of the best restaurants in the city and we are yet to come across diners who have not enjoyed a meal at The Table. The menu is a mix of dishes with influences from various cuisines but the common denominator is that they are all consistently tasty. One of the stars of their small plates menu is their own Yellow Fin Tuna Tataki that comes to the table elaborately plated with radish avocado and sesame dressing.
Bastian, Tuna Crispy Rice - This is possibly the only seafood restaurant in the city that is not a Mangalorean or Konkan restaurant. No koliwada or bombil fry here but some delectable dishes that really show off their fresh catch. The Singapore Chilli Crab is a universal favourite here but we picked their Tuna with Crispy Rice because it is sushi grade tuna tartare with sriracha and white truffle oil on a bed of crispy rice, almost like a larger version of a crispy rice sushi. It is different and worth trying if you have never eaten crispy rice.
Kofuku, Tuna Sashimi - The very best way to enjoy tuna is to find a good Japanese restaurant and order a portion of Tuna Sashimi. Thin slices of possibly the best quality tuna gently dipped in soy sauce with a dash of wasabi or pickled ginger really does justice to the tuna and a great place to indulge is Kofuku. It is considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city and is not outlandishly priced either.
Wasabi By Morimoto, Spicy Tuna Rolls - Tuna is mostly found in Japanese restaurants so to indulge in excellent tuna sushi you go to the very best - Wasabi By Morimoto at The Taj Mahal Palace. This was the first stand-alone Japanese restaurant in the city and is still considered the best of the lot. A meal here will cost you a bit but it will be worth it especially if you are a sushi lover as these Spicy Tuna Rolls will not disappoint!
The Clearing House, Yellowfin Tuna Soba Noodles - One of the few restaurants in town that features tuna on its menu but not in a sushi or sashimi form. The Clearing House is a beautiful space to dine at both during the day and night and has a menu with simple uncomplicated food that will delight. Our tuna pick here is their incredibly flavourful slices of Yellow Fin Tuna served on a bed of soba noodles with a thick flavourful with an intense teriyaki broth.
Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.