The latest addition to Colaba’s line of posh restaurants is called The Table. The fine dining joint makes a good first impression. The décor is formal and the communal table relieves one of any ‘posh performance pressure’. This trend seems to be fast replacing the quintessential bar, allowing patrons, visiting alone or in groups, to share a table of 15 to 20 with other diners.
After a glass of wine from their extensive collection, you may even find yourself tapping your feet to the jazzed-up music. The Honeydew Sangria (Rs 400) was mild, but a good accompaniment to the subtle flavour of the seafood. The Kir (R 650) usually meant to pump up the appetite, didn’t exactly taste like black current liqueur and white wine.
Within fifteen minutes the Baked Baby Eggplant (R 375) arrived. The lavash, fried garlic and feta were great, but the eggplant could’ve used a little more cooking. Also from the small plates section, the Spicy Grilled Calamari (R 375), wasn’t spicy by Indian standards, and after a bit, the fresh herb salad was all that the fork caught.
From the large plates, those who appreciate innovation in the kitchen should try the Rawas (R 650). The batter had a subtle, tangy flavour to it, actually making the dish taste unlike fish. That may or may not be a good thing. The Black Pepper Garlic Tiger Prawns (R 725), partially skinned and enveloped in just enough butter, stole the show.
The waiters are alert, cordial and don’t hover. A breadbasket is circulated around the dining area and brought to your table with every course. Options on the menu are limited, but enough.
The Table is ideal to take your family out to on a weekend, or to get a drink with someone you fancy. We would’ve looked past the prices, but some of the dishes didn’t allow us to. Then again, if you’re a bunch of fun-loving friends without R 5,000 to shell out for an evening of minimal food served stylishly on a plate, Pollyesther’s is right next door! As is Café Mondegar, Café Leopold, Woodside Inn… you get the point!
What: The Table
Where: Opposite Le Pain Quotidien, Apollo Bunder, Colaba
Call: 022 22825001
What’s on the menu: A select collection of seafood, vegetarian sides, mini-burgers and wine cocktails
What we like
What we don’t like