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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

Designs your food

Shweta Mehta, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 15, 2013
First Published: 13:42 IST(15/3/2013) | Last Updated: 13:54 IST(15/3/2013)

Imagine a mozzarella balloon that emanates smoke when popped. Or popcorn served in a shot glass, in liquid form. You don’t have to be at a swanky eatery to see and try such bizarre-yet-fascinating food. Instead, rope in Eat.Drink.Design to cater your next party.Owners Pooja Raheja and Neeraj Sharda will cook up meals on request for anything between two to 200 diners.

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They’ll visit you to find out your likes, dislikes and more about the occasion, in order to personalise your experience in terms of food, service and even ambience. For instance, they recently created a red mawa cake stuffed with rasgullas for a Punjabi client who wasn’t too fond of international dessert. “We catered a card party once, and our serving platters were designed like playing cards, with lines like ‘Are you going to lose your money tonight?’ written on the trays,” says Raheja, recalling another instance. “Recently, we made a cake that was designed like a board game. It had eight pies, a spinning wheel, four message cards and four flambéed shots,” she adds.

Their catering service is priced at R1,000 per head, while cakes start at R1,100 (for a kg). A take-away menu is in the works, as is a store from which they will soon operate. We paid them a visit and checked out some of their creations.

Dish 1 Macaroon Tree with Chocolate Cake Base
Choose from a variety of flavour combinations and colours. The studio customises them according to seasons

Dish 2 Trio of Mousse
Orange: Bell Pepper Mousse with Parsley Foam; Green: Asparagus Mousse with Cranberry Foam;  and Pink: Beetroot Mousse with Balsamic Foam; Sharda says the challenge is not in creating the foam, but in creating good flavour combinations.

Dish 3 Opera Collection
Apart from the regular Coffee Opera, they offer flavour combinations like Raspberry and Dark Chocolate; Mango, Mint and Passion fruit and Blackberry and White Chocolate.

Dish 4 Grilled Red Snapper in Tomato Broth with Apple Wood Smoke
The smoke gets infused and adds the flavour. The tumbler is left over the dish to impart flavour till time of consumption.


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