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Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year(2)

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Exciting new cuisine: Lima
In a year crowded with Asian offerings, a Latin American lounge bar, that too from the stable of Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, came as a breath of fresh air. Deriving culinary inspiration largely from Peru, Lima (Peruvian: lime) introduced Mumbai's palate to the region's robust-flavoured cuisine through ceviches, a popular appetiser featuring cubes of fish cured with the zesty leche de tigre (tiger's milk), and Pisco cocktails, besides signatures like Churrasco Grills.

TIMe: 12.30 pm to 12.30 am
At: Maker Maxity, next to NRI, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (e).
Call 30005040

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year


The spread at the pop-up

Tastiest firang pop-up: Paowalla brunch

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year


chef Floyd Cardoz

Celebrated homegrown chef Floyd Cardoz flew down from USA to tease our tastebuds with a two-day Paowalla brunch hosted at The Bombay Canteen. The New York-style affair offered a delectable spread from his latest venture in Manhattan. From Kokum Solkadi Ceviche to Ghee Roast Benedict, Charred Sweet Potato Parantha and Dosa Waffles, the smorgasbord of flavours left us in food coma. We're still drooling over those sponge soft, piping hot Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Naans.

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year


Basu's Pork with Bhut Jholokia

Home chef find: Subhasree Basu

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year

In the cauldron of home chefs brimming with a variety of flavours, the one that stood out was Subhasree Basu. The ex-media professional began offering pork-laden pop-ups at her Wadala residence via her homerun venture, Hungry Cat Kitchen. The must-haves include Pork Pot Pie and Pork with Bhut Jholokia. She was also roped in by Cafe Zoe for a One Night Stand Chef pop-up.
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Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year


Mushroom Galawat with sourdough bread

Best vegetarian menu: GourmArt Kitchen
Though vegetarian menus have expanded their girth to cater to the 'bored-of-paneer' folk, Mumbai lacked a stellar all-veg offering that would appeal to carnivores too. Until Ranveer Brar (in pic) decided to open GourmArt Kitchen within the premises of TAG (The Amateur Gallery), that is. While we loved most of the dishes from a range of world-inspired options - from Japanese-style Konyakkuyaki to an Awadhi-style palm heart and jackfruit biryani - the most memorable one was Mushroom Galawat, umami-flavoured melt-in-your-mouth kebabs that would make one forget their non-veg counterparts.

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year

TIMe: 7 pm to 1 am
AT: Kamala Mills Compound, SB Marg, Lower Parel.
CALL: 24972424 (only by reservation)

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year


Chicken A La Kiev

Golden oldie salute: Gaylord
While many old-timers have bitten the dust due to the inability to cope with inflation or changing tastes of Mumbaikars, Gaylord continues to hold fort by pleasing palates with a melange of contemporary and classic Indian and Continental fare. These include signatures like Chicken A La Kiev, which used to be a favourite of Yash Johar, along with modern fare like Kulhad Ka Kukkad, a dish presented in a pressure cooker. A month back, the iconic landmark on Churchgate turned 60 with aplomb in the presence of its owners - the Delhi-based Lambas - and its loyal guests. Cheers to that.

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year


Gaylord's loyal staffers, 88-year-old retired CeO AN Malhotra with manager Noel D'Souza

TIMe: 9.30 am to 11.30 pm
AT: Mayfair Building, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate.
Call: 22821259

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year

Best cocktail experiment (We have a tie!)
Liquid Som Tam
A unique take on the Asian salad, the vodka-based Liquid Som Tam (Rs 350) at Mr Baozi is a delicious spicy-sour medley of raw papaya juice and lime juice infused with coriander and bird eye red chilli. The concoction offers a crunchy flavour too, served in a glass rimmed with crusted peanuts, with a cherry tomato skewer and sweet jaggery on the side. Trust us, it's as soothing as a Thai massage.
TIMe: 12 pm to 4 pm; 6.30 pm to 1 am
At: Mr Baozi, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.
CALL 7666569300

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year

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