1. PB + J at One Street Over
Helmed by chefs Kelvin Cheung (formerly of Ellipsis) and Boo Kwang Kim (of famed Chicago restaurant Little Goat), One Street Over modernises the concept of Soul Food. While we’re all for French fries, wontons and tacos, One Street Over’s deconstructed menu has us drooling for more. Um, truffle oil drizzled fries anyone? YUM, I know.
The absolute fave on the menu has to be their take on the childhood classic, PB + J. Far away from the sammie smeared with jam, the plating at One Street Over is both riotous yet imbued with a simple harmony. Good solid colours set against a neutral background are highlighted by the flavours – baked brie, peanut brittle, homemade sourdough and oh-so-good strawberry and raspberry jelly makes this comforting yet intriguing.
2. Savoury Mille-Feuille at La Folie Lab (Reserve now)
A super-contemporary café, La Folie Lab by Chef Sanjana Patel draws from its patisserie background but goes above and beyond. Focusing on slow cooking and the use of local produce, the lab is an experimental space where boundaries between flavours are broken down and reflected in not only the food but also the décor with its inside-outside dialogue and its hand-crafted serveware, to name but a few.
Perhaps the most iconic dish on the menu, and one that symbolises this move towards holistic dining is its Savoury Mille-Feuille. The traditional French pastry is reinvented with a paprika base and topped with pumpkin, pistachio dukkah, arugula and goat’s cheese, served on a textural plate that speaks of refined luxury.
3. Khandvi Sphere at Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra
Any endeavour started by the Kalras is bound to be a gastronomic journey, leaving one with fond memories and begging for more. Masala Kitchen aims to make Indian culture more tangible and hits the right spots where the cuisine is prepared with a mix of traditional know-how and modern techniques.
Though it’s tough to choose only one single plate that captures our imagination, the award for the most innovative plating would have to go to the Khandvi Sphere, for its use of molecular gastronomy. Look at it! Words fail to describe how absolutely innovative it is.
4. Lagan nu Custard at SodaBottleOpenerWala
SodaBottleOpenerWala makes eccentric very, very chic with its nostalgia-laden décor. Step into it and one feels right at home – that old Bombay feel, the no-nonsense vibe as well as the inimitable food that makes it the city it is today.
The regenerative menu is both experimental and comfortable at the same time; from Lagan nu Custard to Pav Bhaji, from Berry Pulao to Goan Sausage Pav. What really makes it an enjoyable experience is the way it is served – Tiffins 2.0, so as to say.
5. Yauatcha (Reserve now)
Authentic meets modern at Yauatcha, a contemporary teahouse that offers an all-day grazing experience. Contemporary dim sum, an exceptional range of teas and signature desserts on the menu create an aura of decadent luxury.
For me, though, the finely crafted food certainly catches the eye but what makes it transcendental is the freshness of the ingredients and the way they almost seem to play off each other. Its traditional roots are visible in the plating but its minimalist serve ware makes it different from a classic teahouse.
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