Food & Agri

Give a break to conventional food menu, try ‘small plates’

Sunday, Jun 19, 2016,12:39 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Mumbai | For those bored of the everyday combo of dal, rice and chapatti, a unique spread of over 10 mouth-watering savouries, including beetroot risotto and five spice chicken, is on offer at an innovative culinary event here that provides small servings which are big on taste.

‘Small Plates Week’, which claims to be a first-of-its kind culinary discovery platform, features 15 of Mumbai’s finest informal dining restaurants offering unlimited small servings of the best dishes that they have to offer. The 10-day culinary event, which began on June 17 and will continue till June 26, features a minimum of six vegetarian and non-vegetarian savoury dishes each and four desserts.

Diners can order each small plate on the menu and re-order servings of any particular small plate they enjoy. The concept of Small Plates Week is based on market trends showing an upswing in informal dining outlets offering ‘small plates’ on their menus through which diners can sample a wide variety of the restaurant’s culinary offerings.

Chef Viraf Patel, of Caf Zoe at Lower Parel, who is participating in the event, says, Small Plates allows an option to try out more dishes. If customers were to order our regular sized menu items, it would take a lot longer to try out all the dishes. Having guests try more dishes is the focus.

Among the gourmet dishes offered by Patel are hot favourites like ‘beetroot risotto’, ‘seared tortellini’ (veggies, almonds & cream cheese), and ‘pulled pork in brioche’. He says any cuisine would serve well as small plates. The trend has existed for over a decade in the West, but it’s been a tradition for hundreds of years in many countries.

According to chef Gracian of Worli-based AKA Restaurant, The diner shall taste dishes that aren’t just run-of-the-mill. The focus is to expose our flavours and enable the customer to taste the new Mediterranean menu at AKA. Foodies can sample ‘Aubergine Ravioli’ (caponata and tomato ragout), ‘Chicken Liver Pate’- Red onion & orange marmalade, spiced apple chutney & toasted brioche, ‘Moorish Style Chorizo’- spinach, chickpea, cumin crumbs and flatbread, among the dishes offered by AKA on small plates.

Gracian says Mediterranean and pan-Asian food items serve best in the concept of small plates. The trend is awesome as it gives the customer more variety to try at an affordable price, he said, adding We need more initiatives like this and maybe even include a large plates week.

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