Eating out has become an expensive affair. But when you can decide to construct your dish at your table, the experience becomes a little more enjoyable. Several Mumbai restaurants have introduced DIY dishes to their menus.
“DIY dishes give customers a more personalised and interactive experience. They enjoy creating their own meal, and they also understand the preparation process,” says chef Kshama Prabhu of The Bar Stock Exchange.
Apart from the regular pizzas and pastas, eateries have also started offering DIY options for burgers, vada pavs, noodle bowls, and even cereal. Mikhel Rajani, owner of Francesco’s Pizzeria, says this concept also helps the restaurant “understand what the customer really enjoys”. “It is a unique idea that adds a personal touch,” he says, adding that the demand for such dishes is quite high nowadays.
Here, we list some interesting DIY dishes that are available across city eateries.
The Irish House, all city outlets
Construct your own burger by choosing from a variety of patties. Garnish it with any four of your favourite toppings, and add your choice of any two sauces. Price: Rs 345
Big Stir Fry Bowl
Lemon Leaf, Bandra (W)
Add seasonal vegetables, chicken or cottage cheese along with rice or noodles, and a sauce of your choice to create this dish at your table. Price Rs 395
Francesco’s Pizzeria, all city outlets
You can create your own focaccia sandwich with the fillings of your choice — available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Price: Rs 215
Nutella and Banana Pizza
Global Chaos, Fort
Guests are given a semi-finished pizza base, with some brown sugar sprinkled on it. The accompaniments include Nutella, bananas, and whipped cream. Guests can use the ingredients to make their pizza. Price Rs 450
Deconstructed Aaloo Tikki Burger
The Bar Stock Exchange, all city outlets
Mix all the ingredients that come with this dish to make a burger of your choice. Price Rs 200
Social, all city outlets
The DIY bruschetta comes with a foot-long sliced baguette, bruschetta toppings and olive oil. The experience of making it yourself adds an element of fun. Price: Rs 160
Baos and Lettuce Cups
The baos and lettuce cups come with a number of fillings such as mushrooms, pork, chicken and mixed vegetables. You can choose from these, and top the cups on your own. Price: Rs 350
Boveda Bistro, Andheri (W)
Ingredients such as peanut butter, oats (soaked), yoghurt, fruits and nuts are served separately. You can make your own cereal bowls with these ingredients. Price: Rs 265
Chicken Sanskari Tacos
Hoppipola, all city outlets
The stuffing for this dish comes separately. You can assemble it, and then decorate it on the cot provided. Price: Rs 215
Minestrone Tea Set
Quattro, Lower Parel
This deconstructed take on the classic Minestrone Soup is infused with green tea. It is served in a wide bowl with edible bags of a plastic-y material filled with spices and condiments that dissolve in the soup. It is accompanied by garlic, cheese and other herbs to add flavour. Price: Rs 295