Inside The Quarter: Where Jazz And Food Collide | All The Deets

By Devika Pathak April 5, 2018
The Quarter at The Royal Opera House, Mumbai

The Quarter might be one of the best things to happen to Mumbai in a very long time. Part jazz club, part bar and now part restaurant; this three-in-one formula ticks all my boxes. My first visit here was a few months ago when there was only jazz and drinks available, with a few bar bites. The jazz club of The Quarter has been created in what was originally the parking lot of the Royal Opera House and is now less car horn and more French horn. There are shows happening through the week that offer incredible talent across genres from all around the world. This weekend however, we did not catch a show but simply stepped into The Quarter’s newly opened full-service restaurant.

Mixed Lentil Salad with Baby Lettuce, Bocconcini, Figs, Avocado and Almond Citrus Dressing at The Quarter.

Mixed Lentil Salad with Baby Lettuce, Bocconcini, Figs, Avocado and Almond Citrus Dressing at The Quarter.

The décor is bright, cheerful and very relaxed complemented by a well-curated playlist of 90s hits, blues and jazz. I went with a friend of mine and we asked the chef to send out his favourite dishes. To start off, we had the Mixed Lentil Salad with Baby Lettuce, Bocconcini, Figs, Avocado and Almond Citrus Dressing. What really excited me about this, apart from the incredibly fresh produce (apparently almost 70% of everything we ate was organic while 90% is locally sourced), was the restraint shown by the culinary team. The leaves were not drenched in dressing and there was the perfect amount of every ingredient. Next, we had the Burrata, Vine Tomatoes, Dill, Fett Unta and were immediately in love. The cheese was fresh, creamy and perfectly tangy while the cured tomatoes and dill dressing completed this little love story. The Grilled Prawns with Coriander Pesto were sadly over seasoned and over salted while the Pulled Pork Poutine should definitely change its name before some Canadian comes by and gets the shock of their life. The poutine looked nothing like its namesake and was flat, overly salty and featured none of the delicious comfort that should come from a bowl of French fries, gravy and cheese curds.

Farmers Market Pizza - Sundried tomatoes, arugula, goat cheese, buffalo mozzarella at The Quarter

Farmers Market Pizza – Sundried tomatoes, arugula, goat cheese, buffalo mozzarella at The Quarter

Onto the highlight of our meal, the Farmers Market pizza. This might be the best pizza I’ve had in Mumbai (Pizza Express included). The restaurant has an outdoor wood fired oven where they bake the pies and both my companion and I unabashedly polished off the entire thing. Made with sundried tomatoes, arugula, goat cheese, buffalo mozzarella (which was somehow missing from ours) and wild honey; this was perfection. As you may know, Nico Goghovala of Nico and then Farmer and Sons designed the menu which was a real treat as Farmer and Sons was one of my favourite restaurants in town. The Fettuccini with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Almonds, Feta and Basil showed that same sophisticated restraint as the salad and was cooked perfectly as the flavours of each ingredient shone through. We rounded off our mains with the Tarragon Roast Chicken with Carrot Puree, Orange Sweet Potatoes Fondant and Killed Lettuce. It tasted exactly as fresh, wholesome and hearty as the description sounds though was nothing extraordinary.

Chocolate Flourless Cake with Honey, Mascarpone and Figs Compote at The Quarter

Chocolate Flourless Cake with Honey, Mascarpone and Figs Compote at The Quarter

As much as I try and say no to dessert, dessert somehow continues to say yes to me. On my own, I managed to finish both the Chocolate Flourless Cake with Honey, Mascarpone and Figs Compote and the Banana Cake with Ricotta, Wild Honey and Walnuts. I think I died and went to glucose heaven because both desserts were light, not too sweet, delicious and worth coming back for.

The Quarter is a revelation for food and music lovers with the restaurant being perfect for lunch, dinner or a quick bite before the show. Step in for fresh, delicious flavours served alongside sunlight and jazz.