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Friday, October 26, 2018

Creative cuisine

Pa Pa Ya at Palladium has launched a new menu; try their Nigaki and other delicacies

It is the season for new menu launches at restaurants across the city, and if Asian cuisine is your thing (such as sushi done up in creative ways and looking like a work of art), then check out Pa Pa Ya’s new menu the next time you are shopping at Palladium.

The menu, put together by Sr. Executive Chef Sahil Singh, is vast—a fact that is also reflected in its physical size. (Try not to knock your glass over as you pore over it!) This modern Asian bistro with a casual vibe and aesthetics designed to look like the molecular gastronomy for which it became famous, has introduced a host of new dishes, even as it has retained old favourites. There’s more than enough variety for vegetarians too, so if you stay away from sushi restaurants because you think, ‘Yuck, raw fish!’, then don’t.

Of course, there is much more than sushi on the menu (small plates, sliders, wraps and more) but the starters turned out to be so filling, we never made it to the main course when we went there last week (Chef Sahil tells us the Lamb Rendang Curry at Rs 595  is a great favourite; that people actually phone in advance to order it.)

The vegetarian options include a Carrot, Truffle Cream Cheese Vegetarian Dim sum. The non-vegetarian spread offers the Prawn and Spinach Roll topped with XO Butter Sauce Dim sum, a classic Cantonese Dumpling broth, Curry leaf and peppered Calamari, Sichuan style rubbed minced pork, haricot vert, and Tenderloin Bulgogi - Korean style Stir Fried Beef and the 1000 Chilies Chicken. A 1000 chillies chicken? As the server announced the name, we immediately asked for our water glasses to be refilled, and of course, we didn’t eat a single one of the little red bombs that covered the plate.  “They’re just for the smokiness,” Chef Sahil smiled, and the chicken hiding beneath turned out to be deliciously succulent and not spicy at all.

 What the chef is particularly proud of, as he should be, is the nigaki, which he describes as a “take on classic Nigiri and Maki where the final sushi is a modern derivative of both.” Nigiri is sushi made of thin slices of raw fish over pressed rice seasoned with vinegar.  While it looks simple, experts tell us the shape has to be perfect and that aspiring sushi chefs wash dishes for years before they are allowed to try their hand. Maki, on the other hand, is made with seaweed on the outside and rice inside. It is also referred to as a beginner’s sushi, because it tends to be the most popular. There’s also sashimi, which has fresh raw meat or fish sliced thinly.

Pa Pa Ya has veg and non-veg versions of all three, including a modern take such as a layered sushi pizza, with salmon carpaccio and steamed edamame (Rs 395) for four pieces. As for the nigaki, the True Ocean (yellow fin tuna, salmon, yellowtail tartare and black caviar, Rs 495 and Rs 795 for four and eight pieces respectively) is a must try.

We began with a mocktail (if you like pina colada, try their refreshing lighter version, Life on the Beach). The amuse bouche of watermelon with basil, lemongrass and chilli foam in an oyster shell was interesting. Then there was the Tuna Tataki pizza (seared sliced tuna, truffle mushroom, jalapenos and unagi tare sauce on a crispy corn tortilla, Rs 695)); Horenso Gomae Roasted Garlic (spinach and chilled roasted sesame sauce, Rs 545); Grilled Prawn, Moreton Bay Chestnuts (Rs 450); Scallop Carpaccio (Rs 695) and several others.

Two dishes stood out—the ultimate comfort food, Laksa soup (in veg, chicken and seafood options (Rs 260/290/315) and the melt-in-the-mouth Butayakitori Apple and Betel Leaf Tartare (pork belly skewers, glazed, chargrilled with shichimi, mirin and soya, cooked for two hours, Rs 495).

“This time we have introduced dishes that people can relate to,” said Chef Sahil. “Dishes like curried pepper calamari… there’s more comfort food. Fuyong, the Chinese omelette, is popular; we make it with shrimp, coriander and dried chillies.” You can also opt for other favourites like Nasi Goreng, Thai curries and fried rice, among many other options. End with the colourful and delicate Mochi ice cream Version 2.0 (Rs 350) or other desserts (Chocolate Ball on Fire, anyone?)

But we recommend you try their new dishes and definitely Nigaki. If you don’t have time for a leisurely meal, pick up the newly launched Bento Boxes (two versions each of Veg, Rs 599, and two Non-veg, Rs 699 for chicken and Rs 799 with shrimp). The menu is vast enough to try something new each time.

Get set for Halloween!

Prepare to be spooked

Pranzi Ristorante and Lounge

Curly Tales offers its ‘Biggest Halloween Night’ Tickets start at Rs 1499. Recreate your favourite cartoon character from childhood, become a superhero or simply dress up as a scary bride; get creative with your costume.You can also get your face painted into spooky characters at the venue and win awards for the craziest costumes and best dressed couple.

Where Pranzi Ristorante and Lounge, 101-102, 1st Floor, Makhija Royale, S.V. Road, Near Hotel Ramee International,, Khar West,

When October 26

Contact 022 2600 6655

Tickets: Rs 1499 for unlimited food

The Resort

Enjoy Halloween Tricks & Treats Vampire Apple Bite with Cheese Mousse, Grave of Chicken with Mushroom Ragout, Ghost Eye Egg Tuna Mimosa, and more.

Where The Resort, Madh-Marve

When October 31,  7 pm to 11:30 pm

The Daily Bar & Kitchen

The Halloween Special includes cocktails like Spookstorm Cocktail (Gin, lemon juice, grenadine, ice, tonic water), and The Zombie Cocktail (light rum, dark rum, apricot liquor, orange juice, lime bitters, ice, Bacardi 151 Rum). Go bonkers!

Where The Daily Bar & Kitchen

When  October 31

London Taxi

London Taxi is soaking in the spookiness by turning the taxi into a London Dungeon, with cocktails crafted by award-winning mixologist, Ami Shroff.  Watch yourself from getting caught in cobwebs and experiments in the taxi. The party opens on October 27 and the vibe stays till October 31.

Where London Taxi

When From October 27 till 31

Monkey Bar

Monkey Bar’s Haunted House offers eerie drinks, ghastly face painting, a photo-bhoot and boo-tiful costumes for you to try. Party among tombstones, spider webs, fog and glowing pumpkins. Pull out the fangs and the claws, real or fake and win a prize for your scary face.  Average meal for two is Rs 1500- Rs 1800++ (food and cocktails)

Where Monkey Bar, Summerville, Junction of 14th & 33rd, Linking Road, Bandra West,

When October 31,  7 pm to 1 am (Only guests above 21 years permitted for this event).

Contact 022-26005215.

145 Kalaghoda and Bandra

145 is throwing a Halloween Party on October 27 in Bandra and Kalaghoda – 10 pm onwards, with giant-sized cobwebs, evil-looking pumpkins and scary movies. Try their Jungle Juice or  Havana smoke and don’t forget your Devilicious costumes.

Where 145 All Day Café and Bar, Bandra and Kalaghoda

When October 27 in Bandra and Kalaghoda, 10 pm onwards

Cover Charge – Rs 1000 (full cover) – couples and stag

Golden Star Thali

Golden Star Thali Restaurant is having a Diwali Rasoi Utsav from October 25 to November 11. The sumptuous thali will showcase the very best of Gujarati and Rajasthani cuisine. Chef Mularam Maharaj's presence manifests itself in the authentic presentation of Gujarati and Rajasthani food with a tall glass of smoked masala chaas, sweets, farsans and tongue-tingling pickles.

Where Golden Star Thali, Opp Charni Road Station

When Upto November 11 (11.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.)

German food

The rooftop terrace bar, Toast Bistro Bar has introduced a special German food menu along with different offers and beer buckets with lots of international and local brands to choose from. You can also keep up the Oktoberfest celebrations until October 31. The German menu has traditional German dishes like Classic German Hot Dog, Chicken Schnitzel Burger and much more. International and local beer buckets ar for Rs 1499 and 999 respectively.

Where- Toast Bistro and Bar, Andheri East

When Ongoing, every day until October  31, 12 pm to 2 am

Contact 88799 77812

One for the road

Banjara’s 10-day Grand Trunk Road food festival ends on October 28, and promises to take you on a culinary sojourn along one of Asia’s oldest highways. Relish traditional fare from West Bengal to Kabul and Lahore via stopovers at Amritsar, Delhi, Awadh showcasing diverse cuisine. A truck-like entrance welcomes patrons for the feel of a highway Dhaba. There’s indigenous dance and dressing by the staff as well.

Where Banjara, Andheri East

When  Upto October 28

Nuances of New Zealand

Romano’s, the speciality Italian restaurant at the JW Marriott Mumbai, Sahar, celebrates New Zealand cuisine up to October 31. Created by Chef Roberto Zorzoli, the a la carte menu is ideal for meat lovers, seafood fans and wine aficionados. Try specials like Cozze ‘Alla vastese’ (Abruzzese style baked mussels, aromatic herb crust, reggiano cheese), Costolette alla olive (Skillet lamb chops with kalamata olives, cherry tomato, white wine sauce) and more and pair them with wines from New Zealand.

Where JW Marriott, Mumbai, Sahar

When Upto October 31, 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Contact 099305 12587 or  022 2853 8661

Mexican deliveries

Jitasa Hospitality has launched a Mexican delivery kitchen, Loca Lucho at Carter Road, Khar. The brainchild of food entrepreneurs Nisarg Doshi and Vivek Jhaveri, the menu is designed by Celebrity Chef Gracian D’Souza. The menu includes Burritos, Burrito Bowls, Soft Shell Tacos and Salad Bowls. Loca Lucho has opened its first cloud kitchen in Carter Road, Khar, with another opening in South Mumbai in November. Signature ingredients include Chipotle Chicken, Potatoes, Peri-Peri Cottage Cheese, Pork, Charred Cherry Tomato and Pineapple and Sage Salsa and Wholesome Guacamole. Also, popular are chips three ways of three different flavours served with the spicy habanero sauce. Loca Lucho offers ‘Build your own Burrito’ concept where customers can make their own burritos or bowls by choosing ingredients, selecting protein and sauces.

New at Nariman Point

The Sassy Spoon introduces an Head Chef Malcolm Pereira’s new ‘jour au soir’ cuisine menu at Nariman Point with European-style salads, small plates and  desserts. Contemporary additions include vegan and gluten free options, fruity desserts and an extensive set of lunch options. Regional produce such as moringa (drumstick leaves) and amaranth leaves accentuates the new menu. 

Rachel Goenka, Founder and CEO of The Sassy Spoon says:“This menu has been inspired by my travels across European hinterlands – an experience I want to share and reimagine with our customers.”

Where The Sassy Spoon, Nariman Point

In the city

Classics festival

Kitabkhana has partnered with Penguin Random House for the Penguin Classics Festival from November 1 to November 30. Special sales promotion offers on the classics selection will be available and the bookstore will also sport bespoke merchandise. The book store will offer the full range of Penguin Black Classics which entails 1200 unique titles including other classics like Vintage, Modern, and Murty Classical Library. Spanning 4,000 years from the legends of Ancient Mesopotamia to the poetry of the First World War, with Greek tragedies, Icelandic sagas, Japanese epics and much more in between, the Penguin classics encompass more than 500 authors and 5000-8000 unique titles!“Classics are always in demand,” says T Jagath, Chief Operating Officer, Kitab Khana. “During the festival, we will be offering freebies on purchase of Penguin Classics and are also offering flat 20% discount in November.”

Where Kitab Khana, Fort

When November 1 – 30

Devdas on stage

Devdas, a novella by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, is probably one of the most famous love sagas in Indian literature. Translated into almost every major language, this novella has seen its glory in Indian cinema. Now, AGP World brings the classic on stage. Narrated by Chandramukhi, a glamorous courtesan and principal character, it is directed by Saif Hyder Hasan and stars Gaurav Chopra, Manjari Fadnis, Sunil Palwal, Sukhada Khandkekar, Bhavna Pani and Smita Jayakar, among others. The highlight are the classic and contemporary fusion dance performances choreographed by Shampa Sonthalia and Bertwin Ravi Dsouza. Light of Life Trust (LOLT), founded by Villy Doctor, will host the charity premiere show  on November 16. All proceeds from this will go towards educating underprivileged children in rural India.

Where Jamshed Baba Theatre, NCPA

When November 16–25

Booking BookMyShow

Watch Akira

Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic anime Akira features the world of Neo-Tokyo, neon-lit and apocalyptic in the aftermath of a mysterious explosion. The film tells the story of Kaneda and Tetsuo, caught in the power politics and violence that rules that city. Ground breaking at the time of its release for its hand-drawn 24fps animation, this film had grown in stature over the years for its dark apocalyptic futurism, its jaw-dropping imagery and complex philosophical plot. Today, it is considered to be one of the greatest animation films ever made.

The film is in Japanese with English subtitles (Colour, 124 minutes, 1988).  It will be introduced and discussed by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar. Screening is free and open to all over 16 years of age. Limited seating on first come, first served basis.

Where Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

When Friday, October 26, 6 pm - 8 pm

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