W(h)et Your Appetite
If you have satiated your appetite with fried pakoras and chai for the season, Integrative Nutritionist and Life Coach Payal Kothari brings you monsoon meals that are nourishing, healthy and mouthwatering. Feel free to indulge in these easy to whip up del
Then was the time to take the big step and plunge into the Mediterranean delicacies. The appetiser called Mezze is basically a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks. Hot mezze, served with roll roti or salad and Cold mezze, served with Pita breads, are separately listed on the menu. We started with hot mezze Turkish Pide Kuzu, a delicious flatbread that is perfectly baked and stuffed with ghee roasted lamb. The Hummus Bayroute serves on the side, has a perfect creamy texture and a bit of spicy taste, that makes it the best hummus you would probably get in Mumbai. There couldn’t have been a better beginning. We then ordered the regular, conventional chicken in the form of Harissa Chicken Kebab. The chicken skews marinated with a variety of spices were perfectly grilled. On the side, we were served a blend of delectable veggies in the form of Kale and Avocado Salad. Our next portion of kebabs was Kebab Istanbul—lamb mince kebab served with garlic butter and mint tahini sauce—that elevated our gourmet experience a notch higher. This one’s highly recommended. For the mains, we went with the recommendation of Lamb Tagine, a Maghreb dish named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked. An aromatic dish full of flavoured rice and lamb pieces makes it a great treat and a refreshing take on the traditional biryani. For desserts, we blindly went for Baklava. And we were not disappointed, instead amazed by how the simple looking filo sheets, stuffed with walnuts, pistachios, almonds and gulkand icecream, can taste so good. When it arrived at the table, a fresh rose glazed with sugar syrup and dried using liquid nitrogen was crushed in front of us, making it a truly heavenly experience for the senses. Hop on to your vehicle and drive off to Cuffe Parade to go further beyond the seas, to the Mediterranean Basin at Bayroute.