Cafe Mezzuna, the European and Mediterranean dine den from the house of Speciality Restaurants Ltd. at Forum Mall and South City Mall, recently completed 10 glorious years. To mark the occasion, the cafe has a menu of the decade curated by chef Saby Gorai.
The menu is an amalgamation of hyper-local ingredients with world-class recipes from chef Gorai’s repertoire and spans cuisines ranging from Sicilian to Moroccan, Italian and Balkan. The anniversary celebrations are taken a notch higher with daily live band performances and a flat 25 per cent off on food and beverages.
“The journey feels just like yesterday to me. When we started off, we were probably the only cafe outside a star hotel that was serving this kind of food. Cafe Mezzuna is the brainchild of Anjan Chatterjee, our MD, and this anniversary menu is the magic of his collaborative efforts with chef Saby Gorai,” said Debashish Ghosh, GM, PR & brand standards, Speciality Restaurants Ltd.
The Telegraph gets you the full lowdown.
Greek Lamb Pie: This phyllo parcel has a spicy minced lamb filling, golden-baked, and the fresh green chilli aioli is a fun dip on the side. A great derivation from the pie.
Robust Chicken Stew: A stellar recipe from the spice route, this has juicy chicken on the bone with a chickpea and black pepper gravy, pumpkin mash and some garlic toast on the side. A protein-packed plate for sure.
Spanish Patatas Bravas: This simple tapas plate is a great conversation starter. We love the combination of fried potato wedges, spicy pepper sauce and smoky paprika.
Pizza A La Romana: The menu packs in a range of fresh, light and airy pizzas. We thoroughly enjoyed this variant that was packed with toppings such as buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, capers, fresh rucola and Parmesan.
Truffled Ricotta Gnocchi: This no-potato gnocchi has a semolina and ricotta base. The Dooars wild mushroom and Kalimpong cheese sauce add the local touch to this Italian classic.
Skillet Mushroom, Quadro Formaggio: A hearty plate, this has smoked Bandel cheese, local Kalimpong feta with home-cured cottage cheese, and olives in a rich herby sauce with garlic bread on the side.
Insalata Panzanella: A fresh and vibrant plate, this salad brings together toasted bread, roasted tomatoes, baby onions, jalapenos, rocket leaves, amaranth pops, in a red winebased dressing.
Zebra Ravioli: Pasta is always a good idea, and it’s even better when it looks so good. This handmade striped pasta has a yummy filling of seasonal greens and feta in a salsa rosa sauce and melted cheese on top.
African Suya Kebabs: An African streetfood staple, these chicken kebabs on sticks have a hot and umami peanut coating that brings in a new take on this otherwise simple dish.
Valencia Days: Bringing in the taste of fresh Valencia oranges is this dessert that has an upsidedown warm orange cake along with a side of nolen gur ice cream. We love the pairing.
What: A pop-up with chef Viraf
Where: The Salt House, Shakespeare Sarani
When: February 3 (dinner) and February 4 - 5 (lunch)
Timings: Dinner- 8pm to 10pm, lunch- noon to 2pm
On the menu: Chef Viraf’s homage to his Parsi heritage, this menu has influences of Levantine cuisine, mildly flavoured meats, rich buttery lentils, and fire-roasted vegetables dressed with nuts and spices.
For reservations: Call on +91 80470 92574