Culinary festival in Mumbai dishes up tapas-style tasting menus
Small Plates Week is a 10-day event where restaurants will offer you unlimited servings from a 16-dish menu.more lifestyle Updated: Jun 18, 2016 15:24 IST
Have you ever wished you could taste everything on a restaurant’s menu? Small Plates Week lets you do almost that. Here’s how it works. Fifteen casual-dining restaurants in the city have signed up to participate in this new event by Cellar Door Hospitality – the people behind Restaurant Week and Dinefest. At each eatery, diners can choose unlimited servings from a tasting menu of 12 savoury dishes and four desserts (some restaurants have even more options).
The 10-day event began on Friday and includes special menus from restaurants such as 29, AKA, Aqaba, Monkey Bar, Mia Cucina and SodaBottleOpenerWala.
“We wanted to offer something in the casual dining space that allows you to discover a variety of food. The focus is on sharing and allowing food to let you bond socially,” says Cellar Door co-founder Mangal Dalal. “We plan to making it a biannual event, with one edition in June and a second in October, adding more restaurants to the list each time.”
For now, among the specialties on offer at the various eateries are bhel puri with dahi wada ravioli at the Chemistry 101 gastro bar in Lower Parel, a sprouted white pea puree with Burmese naan at Burma Burma in Fort, fried squid with curry powder, coconut milk and curry leaves at Fatty Bao in Bandra and chorizo ragout and mascarpone pizza at Boveda Bistro in Andheri.
Akshay Aggarwal, 31, a management executive and regular at Restaurant Week India booked himself a lunch at Aqaba on Friday. “I managed to eat only nine dishes of the offered 15. The food was really good, the quantity was perfect for one person and the presentation was very neat,” he says.
As Dalal puts it, “Think of it as a tapas-style Sunday brunch served fresh at your table”.
WHAT: Small Plates Week, offering 16-dish tasting menus across 15 restaurants
WHEN: June 17 to 26
COST: Rs 1,000 per head minus taxes (lunch and dinner slots available)
TO REGISTER: Insider.in