9 Chef’s Table Experiences In Mumbai You Need To Explore | MF Guide
As they say, food is something that will never go out of style! I for one, think that’s completely true. Proof? New restaurants, new cafés and new styles of dining will always keep popping up and we’ll always be more than willing to try them out.
Restaurateurs and chefs today have become a lot more experimental and are willing to give audiences a taste of something different. Be it molecular gastronomy or table-side meal preparations, there’s a lot going on in Mumbai’s culinary scene.
One trend that’s probably here to stay is that of chef’s tables. These experiences are traditionally characterized by a group of people seated together at one table and served a delicious meal ideated and prepared from scratch by the chef, who even puts in an appearance and is seen mingling with the guests. This can take the form of set menus, wine and cheese pairings, dessert tastings and lots of other exciting things. The idea is to bring different people together to enjoy a chef’s creations and create an enjoyable experience for foodies like you and me.
So, if you’re looking for a chef’s table experience in the city, mark these places down!
Discover a brand-new way to drink and dine at BKC’s Toast & Tonic. They host chef’s tables once a month, with a different theme each time. You can interact with your fellow diners at the table before the six-course meal is served. Their most recent experience was titled ‘Gin & Botanicals’, priced at INR 3,000 where the menu was curated based on botanicals found in gin and other popular cocktails. With dishes like Gin Cured Norwegian Salmon and desserts like Juniper Infused Mousse with Cucumber Tonic Jelly on offer, this one is sure to be a memorable experience. As you dine, get all your questions answered by the chefs who are always happy to help.
Apart from offering modern Indian food, The Bombay Canteen in Kamala Mills is also known for putting its own spin to the chef’s table. The experience here takes the form of an elaborate daawat, or feast, where you purchase tickets to the event and enjoy a specially curated meal along with other diners, at one long table. The chef is available during these daawats to interact with the guests and answer any questions you may have, even explaining how a certain dish has been prepared. While their last daawat was an ode to Bengali food in collaboration with a home chef, their upcoming daawat is slated to be in August. It will be a 25 seater, nose-to-tail affair (using the entire body of an animal), beginning at 8 pm. We hear that their tickets sell out within the first few hours, so keep an eye out for these!
Pooja Dhingra and Pablo Naranjo Agular’s Table 13 is a much-awaited, monthly affair. With a different theme each month, this chef’s table experience is all about tasting meals cooked by the chefs, inspired by Chef Pablo’s travails across the country. Usually, one single ingredient is picked as the core ingredient and resonates across every dish of the four to five course meal. This month’s theme was ‘nostalgia’, with an array of sweet treats prepared by Chef Pooja, which included desserts like a Thums Up Cake and Pavlova with Phantom Cigarette Cream and Raspberry Sauce. The price swings between INR 2,500 and INR 3,000 per person.
Sprawling across 2,500 sq. feet, Byculla’s Magazine Street Kitchen boasts of a unique dining experience when it comes to the chef’s table. The open kitchen has a solid wooden chef’s table where diners are brought in and served canapés and pass-arounds whilst mingling with other diners as well as Chef Divesh Aswani who comes from Le Cordon Bleu. This table seats up to eight diners and the offerings include a selection of cheese and charcuterie, Saffron Arancini with Olive Mayo, Tempura Fried Boneless Chicken Wings, Lettuce Cups, Crostinis, Gruyere Cheese Puffs and more. You could even opt for the chef’s tasting menu with themes varying from vegetarian only to a seafood special, priced anywhere between INR 4,000 to INR 6,000.
In the mood for some authentic Cantonese fare? Head over to Hakkasan to partake of the Chef’s Supreme Taste of Hakkasan. This includes a delicious five course meal along with a signature Hakkasan cocktail for you to sip on as you interact with the award-winning head Chef Raymond. Be prepared to sit back and listen to the chef share snippets, stories and anecdotes that go with each dish. This chef’s table costs INR 3,000++ per person, with reservations to be done 24 hours in advance.
This spiffy addition to Mumbai’s culinary scene is a Zorawar Kalra venture, helmed by Chef Varun Kinger. A great place for seafood lovers, Rivers 2 Oceans (R2O) offers a special Chef’s Tasting menu which is an elaborate 15 course meal, with a glass of white wine offered to complement each course. The menu takes inspirations from across the globe traversing Kerala, Thailand, Italy and more. The experience begins with an amuse bouche, followed by offerings from the cold seafood bar like melba crisps or rock oyster & caviar, soups, salads, small plates and mains, fresh sorbets and delicious desserts like the black truffle ice cream. The chef will drop by if you opt for this menu every now and then for a chat and to reveal little details about the food you’re eating. The vegetarian menu costs INR 2,700 + and the non-vegetarian menu is priced at INR 2,900 +.
You can never go wrong with a meal at a Jiggs Kalra restaurant. Enjoy the best of molecular gastronomy at Masala Library with their Chef’s Tasting Menu. Ranging from a 16 to 19-course meal, the experience comes with amuse bouche, appetizers, mains, palate cleansers and of course, dessert. Apart from the servers explaining each dish to you, the chef also puts in an appearance to interact and mingle with the diners. The vegetarian menu is priced at INR 2,888 while the non-vegetarian menu costs INR 3,119.
Located inside the swish interiors of the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, Romanos specializes in all things Italian. Soak in the luxurious ambience and take in the tantalizing aromas wafting all around you as you make the most of your chef’s table experience. At Romanos, you need to place a call at least 24 hours prior to organize a special chef’s table exclusively for you. A set menu will then be organized as per your tastes and you can speak to the chef even as you dine, learning about everything that went into the making of your meal.
Think cherry blossoms and traditional Japanese wood walls at India’s most famed Japanese restaurant. Chef’s tables here take the form of an Omakase menu, a fixed chef’s tasting menu which includes surprise after surprise in terms of dishes. The variety on offer includes both hot and cold appetizers, sushi platters, mains and dessert, with a refreshing new addition each time. The vegetarian menu costs INR 7,650+ while the non-vegetarian menu comes at INR 7,950+.