Eating together is a tradition during most Indian festivals, and Raksha Bandhan, the day of the siblings, surely calls for a fun family feast. National Award winner Chef Amninder Sandhu’s Arth, a cooking-gas free restaurant, in Khar, Mumbai, is one of the best places to get your family together and dig into some great food. It also has a new menu, which offers great dishes for brother, sister, mother, father and grandparents. What’s best is that there is enough number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, and, neither party, we are told, feels less important here, thanks to the chef’s curation of rare ingredients from across India.
Sandhu focuses on regional, seasonal ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, which gives her food a distinct earthy and rich flavour. First up is Dosa Square with gunpowder Paneer, stuffed black rice dosa, which is adequately crispy and rich with its stuffing and flavours. It could be a meal in itself. Bombay Summers – Raw Papaya, Spring Onions, Carrot, Coriander Sprig makes it to the list of favourites. The mix of subtle sweet, sour, lemony and spicy flavours is the kind that wakes you up from a slumber. Thumbs up to the presentation.
In Morels Stuffed made of Kashmiri Morels, Smoked Mushroom Mince, Nachini and Walnut, served as a patty, the Kashmiri Morels is a hero. If you are into mushrooms, you will love the creamy taste of the dish. It is also sort of a dish that make for a complete meal. The other mushroom dish – Naga Mushroom Gilawat made with Local Naga Mushroom on a crispy saffron biscuit – is a hit. Its slightly sweet and savour flavours mixed with the sweetness of the biscuits make it for an interesting starter that could be described as a savoury patisserie.
In the mains, there is no competition for Lasooni Palak, creamy spinach finished with garlic; Pearl Potatoes, an Assamese Gutti Aloo, almond, yoghurt, red chilli; Dal Makhni, slow-cooked black urad dal and Amaranth Roti and Dahi Ki Khamiri Roti. The ingredients are fresh, flavours are tight, textures are pleasant and the presentation is appetizing. This section is the new menu’s A game, the one that justifies the restaurant’s title Arth. The rustic yet fine flavours stand testimony to Sandhu’s brilliance.
To top that experience, end the meal with the rich black gajar ka halwa. Yes, it is black and richer than any gajar halwa we have had. This dessert alone is a reason enough to block your family table at Arth.
Address – Pinnacle House 604, 15th Road P D Hinduja Junction, Khar For reservation, call – 95940 60038
Meal for two costs approximately Rs 6,000 without drinks