Some ingredients are meant to be together — bread and butter, vodka and lime, and waffles and chocolate. However, Mumbai restaurants are not afraid of experimenting with ingredients that may seem incompatible.
Genuine Broaster Chicken, an eatery in Andheri (W), serves Chocolate Samosas. While the crispy outer covering remains untouched, the regular stuffing is replaced with chocolate.
“The crunchy coating works well with chocolate,” says Karan Tanna, industry expert, Genuine Broaster Chicken. In fact, many eateries seem to be cashing in on the concept. “Chocolate Samosas is the highest-selling dish on the menu,” adds Tanna. Another ‘odd’ dish, the Sabudana Risotto, served at Bombay Vintage, Colaba, is also “one of the best-selling dishes” there, says Ashok Gaikwad, the sous chef at the eatery.
On the other hand, Chingy Patel, owner and chef, Global Chaos, Fort, points out that people can be “apprehensive” about trying such dishes. “People are always on the lookout for something new. However, when it comes to ingredients that seem to clash, we have to encourage our patrons to try them out. Although the elements may seem odd at first, they are generally used because they work well taste-wise. When people start to understand that, the message spreads through word of mouth and reviews,” says Patel.
So, if you dare to try, here is a list of restaurants that serve some bizarre food combinations.
Chocolate Chicken Wings
Blanco, Andheri (W)
Tender chicken wings (Rs 475) are coated with mole — a thick, dark sauce made with a medley of chillies, nuts and chocolate. “Mole is a signature sauce used in Mexican cooking. Chocolate is added to tame the heat of the chillies. Chocolate also helps enhance the texture of the sauce,” says Sagar Savale, head chef, Blanco. Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden in Bandra (W) also serves Chicken Cakes (Rs 250) topped with chocolate ganache.
Southern Old Fashioned
The Sassy Spoon, Nariman Point
The drink is made with bacon-infused whisky (Rs 450), maple syrup, bitters, bacon crisps and lemon zest. “Bacon goes with everything. The combination of whisky and bacon works well,” says Pranav Mody, mixologist, The Sassy Spoon.
Waffle Croque Madame
The Pantry, Kala Ghoda
A crisp waffle (Rs 345) is layered with local ham, béchamel sauce and another waffle. It is finished with a sunny side up egg.
Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai
Global Chaos, Fort
Golgappas get a modern twist at this restaurant. The puri is brushed with wasabi sauce, and stuffed with spicy garbanzo bean mash, crumbled cottage cheese, alfa alfa and bean sprouts. The pani (water), on the other hand, is prepared with plum sauce and chillies. “Just like pani puri, this dish (Rs 300) is tangy, sweet and spicy at the same time. You will feel a burst of flavours because of the wasabi and plum sauce,” says Patel.
Dal Makhani Risotto
The Spare Kitchen, Juhu
A far departure from the usual risotto, this dish (Rs 425) is made with Dal Makhani, cream and cheese. Turns out, The Spare Kitchen is not the only eatery that is experimenting with risotto. Reise – All Day Bar & Kitchen, Andheri (E), serves risotto with a twist too. While preparing Videshi Khichdi (Rs 250), rice is substituted with risotto. The Sabudana Risotto (Rs 265)at Bombay Vintage is prepared with cheese, garlic, cream and tapioca. It is garnished with bell peppers and yellow zucchini.
Chocolate Samosa, Gulkand Muffin and Palak Paneer Burger
Genuine Broaster Chicken, Andheri (W)
The Chocolate Samosa (Rs139) takes experimentation to a different level. Instead of the usual potato stuffing, the crispy crust is filled with chocolate. Indikitchen, Lower Parel, too, serves samosas stuffed with chocolate brownie fudge. Apart from the samosas, Genuine Broaster Chicken serves a muffin (Rs159) filled with gulkand (an ingredient used in pan), and a burger (Rs 199) that comprises a palak paneer patty and creamy spinach sauce.