If the Rs 8,200 price tag that accompanies the Peking duck with caviar is the only thing stopping you from visiting Hakkasan in Bandra, here is an offer that you will find hard to refuse. Starting September 19, city foodies can pig out at high-end eateries, without shelling out big bucks as the third edition of Restaurant Week (RW) kick-starts. And though the Peking duck may not be part of the deal, the Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant along with 14 other high-end eateries will rustle up a fixed three-course fixed meal for Rs 1,000.
Started last year in the city, the culinary experiment is already an immensely popular concept in London and New York. This year, it will also be held in Bangalore and Delhi around the same time. “The idea is to allow food lovers to not be intimidated by a place and its price, and give them an opportunity to sample food from some of the city’s best restaurants,” says Mangal Dalal, an organiser of this week-long event.
This year, Dalal and his team are also introducing two new concepts — Kitchen Party and Chef’s Table — that allow patrons to interact and sample some of the best offerings by city chefs. From seven eateries in 2010, the food lovers’ scope increases to 15 this year. “The number of diners will surely increase. But we hope to get more than just 15 to 20 tables at a venue. We still have a long way to go before we can pull of a New York-style RW, where the entire place is open only to RW diners,” he adds.
Deals on meals
Reservations open September 10. You can book a table at the following restaurants: Hakkasan, Bandra; West View, ITC Maratha; Saffron, JW Marriott Hotel; Ziya, The Oberoi; Vetro, The Oberoi; India Jones, Trident; The Table, Colaba; Indigo, Colaba; Neel at Tote on the Turf, Mahalaxmi; Olive Bar & Kitchen, Bandra and Mahalaxmi; The Great Wall, The Leela; Koh by Ian Kittichai, Intercontinental; Kebab Korner, Intercontinental Marine Drive; San-Qi, Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai.