From farm to fork

Roxanne Bamboat gives a preview of Masque, which is all set to open its doors on September 21.

Mumbai is no stranger to new restaurants cropping up and most seem to arrive with a big bang and then slowly die a painful death. The restaurant business is tricky and they flourish or close shop for many reasons.

The key factor to survival is the ability to stand out. Restaurants seem to be clones of one another with similar menus, similar styles of serving their food and the same so called trendy dishes that to be honest diners across the city are fed up with. Which is why when Masque, the new restaurant in Mahalaxmi opens its doors on the September 21, will be a much welcome breath of fresh air.

The restaurant is located at Laxmi Woolen Estate which seems to be the upcoming Mill for new restaurants and cafes but the single black door without so much as a sign board acts as the perfect Masque without giving you even the slightest hint of what’s in store. The interiors are simple and understated yet chic.

From farm to fork

Wooden tables, sofas and some very funky old school cane chairs along with an innovative bar or Cocktail Kitchen as they call it, along with a mezzanine floor make up the restaurant. A huge metal installation with rods jutting out is the only main piece of decor that thankfully isn’t the focal point but is a silent ode to the nearby mills representing all the high rise and commercial development in them and even the very mill that houses them.

Like a few other innovative restaurants in the city, the menu here focuses on the ingredients and the restaurants farm to fine dine experience is a sensory overload. Unlike any other eatery in the city, the menu here is a fixed one where you can choose between two four six eight or even a ten course meal.

There is no a la carte menu at all. A bold but exciting prospect since we’re not used to coursed meals and almost never let the chefs surprise us. This entire restaurant is the brain child of Aditi Dagur who strongly believes in letting the ingredients set the course of the menu and has trusted her kitchen to Chef Prateek Sadhu who shares her beliefs. Both Aditi and Chef Prateek have worked in some of the best kitchens at top notch restaurants across the world and share the same enthusiasm and approach to food.

Together they have spent a great deal of time travelling all over the country to source some beautiful ingredients like Fiddlehead Ferns from Himachal Pradesh, Saffron from Kashmir, Lobster from the Andaman’s and even Chocolate from Pondicherry. Apart from sourcing ingredients from different states they also have their own farms.

From farm to fork

Since the focus is on the produce it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their menus are seasonal and will constant change depending on what is in season to play with. Which to be honest is perfect for diners that are excited to try new menus and not stick to familiar ones they’ve already eaten.

A few courses on their menu that standout include Corn Mole which is a corn tamale wrapped in hush and torched at your table served with a mole sauce and a spicy raw mango salad. A Tomato Tart with the flakiest tart pastry along with baby heirloom tomatoes, fresh rosemary leaves, basil pesto and cheese and a the most sinful Coffee Beignets which is essentially sugar dusted deep fried choux pastry filled with coffee that oozes out with every bite. The rest of the dishes are equally enchanting and without ruining the element of surprise, the best way to sum it up is interesting ingredients and simple food resulting in some delightful flavours.

Each menu can be paired with alcohol from their well stocked bar and along with their signature cocktails you can custom make your own ones (the recipe will be recorded and filled away in case you’d like it the next time you visit).

From farm to fork

Masque is an ambitious project but an eagerly awaited one. Each set menu is priced differently with the ten course meal at Rs 4500 plus taxes.

Address: Gala 3, Laxmi Mills Compound, Shakti Mills Lane, Off Dr. E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi

Contact: 022 24991010

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