Sofitel Mumbai BKC, is one of the “not very old” luxury hotels in Mumbai and in no time it has truly become the prosopopoeia of French luxury in India. Not only is the whole vibe of the hotel opulent, but it also creates this warm and welcoming feeling in the hearts of all its guests walking right from when they walk in through the entrance.
All the restaurants in Sofitel have, right from day 1, maintained a certain elegance which is quite distinct from the other “fine dining” restaurants in the city. They have, in each aspect of its restaurants, gone “One step above” what was required to run a successful restaurant.
Tuskers, the in house vegetarian restaurant of Sofitel is the only five-star vegetarian fine dining restaurant in Mumbai. So much so that nothing “non vegetarian” has ever been cooked or ever will be cooked in the kitchens of Tuskers. The thing I like about Tuskers is that though they are a Pure Vegetarian restaurants, they dont assume that “vegetarians don’t drink” (cos well they DO!) and have a fully functional bar inside Tuskers.
Notwhithstanding a;; these amazing things about Tuskers, the main USP of this place is their renowned Chef Maharaja Jankidas Vaishnav who has always been extremely passionate about his food and the fact that he loves to feed his guests just makes the whole experience of dining at Tuskers absolutely memorable.
In the new year, Tuskers has introduces a brand new and revamped menu which Chef Vaishnav has spawned through his brilliant culinary mind. Inspite of being a vegetarian, every dish that I tried convinced me more and more that “its actualy not that hard being a vegetarian” 😛
In the new menu, they have also introduced a refreshing new mocktail that they call the Melon Shikanji which is a brilliant concoction of watermelon, muskmelon and shikanji and it was truly a great start to what was to follow.
We had some of chefs selected favourite appetisers out of which the two crowd favourites were the well renowned “Pyaaz Ki Kachori” and the “Ratalo Ki Tikki”. Pyaaz Ki Kachori is a stuffed flour dumpling stuffed with chutneys, onion and nylon sev and anyone who tries this dish here keeps coming back for more! The textures and the tastes of this dish are surrealy perfect and this is a definite MUST HAVE here. The Ratalo Ki Tikki was a fried Purple Yam and Sweet Potato tikki stuffed with a delicious filling of bengal gram and moong dal and was literally melting in the mouth!
The Mathania Mirchi Ka Paneer was some fresh paneer marinated in authentic mathania chilli powder and was tandoored to absolute perfection. The famous Suwa Dal Vada was so delicious in itself that it did not need any sort of chutneys to accompany it!
After some incredible appetizers, we couldnt wait to see what was in store for us for the maincourse and we were totally blown away with the variety and authenticity each of the dish that was served to us in the mains.
I was elated to see Undhiyo on the menu and even happier when I tried it! Along with the precision of the traditional dish, it also had the modernity to suit our palette and was a total show stopper. The Suva Palak Chana Dal was so good that it could convert any non spinach lover into Popeye the Sailor Man :P.
We also tried some delicious Dal Panchmel (dont miss this one) and some rich and aromatic Ram Khichadi which served as the perfect end to an amazing main course.
Though we didn’t, even acutely, have the appetite for desserts after the copious amount of food that we ate, there was no way we were missing out on Chef’s special dessert and I am so glad we didn’t, because the Malpua Rabdi was rich, creamy and everything that I would want any Malpua Rabdi to be…ever! The Raj Bhog and the Churma, though quite nice, didn’t really match up to the rest of the things that we tried and I would suggest giving them a miss.
All in all, with the launch of the new menu the guests at Tuskers can experience the very best of delicious vegetarian cuisine which captures all five senses and which aims to create a globally recognised vegetarian cuisine.The passion of the chef and of the hotel along with the deliciousness of the fresh produce and premium spices used in the food makes this place that you have to “Experience it to Believe how good it is!”
Until next time…