1. Desi Tacos at The Bombay Canteen
A Floyd Cardoz and Thomas Zacharias creation, this ‘chota’ (small) has Goan pulled pork vindaloo and refried beans or rajma topped with shimla mirch salsa – a perfect accompaniment to the banter and drinks abounding on the table.
2. Edamame Truffle Dumpling at Hakkasan (Reserve now)
If you’re in the mood for some fancy dining, then Hakkasan’s delicate-looking rice sheet wrapped wonders are a must-try. Stuffed with a mixture of edamame beans and crunchy water chestnuts, this dish also packs in a little surprise with its hint of white truffle mushrooms.
3. Kung Pao Broccoli at One Street Over
A favourite from the list of ‘littles’ from the menu, this dish is inspired by Chef Kelvin Cheung‘s childhood. This crowd-pleaser marries flavours that are sweet, salty, sour and spicy. Backed by the classic Kung Pao flavour, the broccoli, peanuts and dried roasted chillies will have you falling in love with the easy complexity of this dish.
4. Fish Ceviche at Lima
The city’s first South American lounge bar has many an ace up its sleeve, including the fish ceviche. A popular dish from Latin America’s coasts, this small plate has the Indian seabass prepared with avocado and red onion, bringing classic South American flair to your plate.
5. Baingan Pakoda Phulka Tacos at Monkey Bar
A twist on the humble aubergine, the contemporary-style phulka tacos are stuffed with Rajasthani ker sangri sabzi, chili pickle, garlic and coriander chutney while the smoked apple raita adds a delicate hint to this tangy, spicy combination.
6.Mrs. Yvonne Pinto’s Masala Prawn Pickle at Monkey Bar
Served in a fancy-looking jar, this one packs in honest-to-goodness spices. With fresh prawns pickled in a secret spice-blend and vinegar, this dish is not for the faint hearted. Break into the crunchy brun pao and bless the eponymous Mrs. Pinto for this delightful little dish.
7. Miniature Lamb Burgers at Eddie’s Bistro
This cosy Bandra eatery, has dainty bites for every foodie. Served with caramelised onions and harissa mayo, the lamb patty sliders are a perfect accompaniment to Saturday night revelries.
8. Beet & Feta Cheese Cigar Roll at MeSoHappi
Crunchy, cheesy and oh-so-yummy, these cigar rolls are a delight for vegetarians. Served with red pepper sauce, the crisp golden brown rolls stuffed with beet and feta cheese will definitely leave you asking for more.
9. Calamari Tempura at Fable
Seafood lovers, rejoice. Juhu’s cozy eatery Fable, serves up a mean calamari tempura. You can have yours either fried or ask for their pan-tossed Malvani style version as your taste buds attain nirvana.
10. Butterfly Prawns at The Captain’s Table
A dish that looks as good as it tastes. Served on a bed of delicate-tasting apricot and ginger chutney, the crisp prawns come stuffed with curry crab and are baked, not fried, to add a healthy twist to your indulgence.
As the small plate trend goes big, we’re sure city eateries will have a lot more to offer. For now, get your hands on these.