After watching Chef Manish Mehrotra create imaginative dishes on Foodistan that wowed the judges, Mahesh and I had decided that we needed to make a trip to Indian Accent. The opportunity presented itself in the form of Restaurant Week India where we would be served a three course meal at Rs 1000 per head. The bookings opened at 6.00am two weeks ago. I called my friend Megha who has a Citibank card (bookings opened early for Citibank card holders) at 6.30 am and both of us sat and booked our table at Indian Accent.
On Saturday, five of us walked into The Manor eagerly looking forward to our meal. The decor of Indian Accent is quite simple. The focus here is rightly on the food and nothing else distracts from that.
The dishes on the restaurant week menu were super exciting. Take a look at the options:
(choose any one)
potato sphere chaat, white pea ragda
khandvi ravioli, mixed cheese mash, khakhra crisp
foie gras stuffed galawat, strawberry green chilli chutney
soft shell crab, flame roast coconut, tomato pickle chutney
(choose any one)
tadka vegetables, baby spinach, roasted sesame salan
masala wild mushrooms, water chestnut, paper roast dosai
soft centred murgh nargisi kofta, roomali roti crisp
tamarind chutney glazed tandoori ribs, steamed potato chilli salad
kadhai tiger prawns, xo balchao, masala prawn crackers
served with indian accent kulchas and black dairy dal
(choose any one)
mishti dohi cannoli, amaranth ladoo
jaggery & banana sticky cake, ginger ice cream, phantom sweet cigarette
warm doda burfi treacle tart, homemade vanilla bean ice cream
‘old monk’ rum ball, 70% valrhona chocolate sauce
As you can see, this is such a creative menu. The chef has fiddled with each and everything on it. And what made it even more spectacular were the little surprises after ever 15 minutes or so. After we placed orders for the starters, we were served a portion of blue cheese naans. The blue cheese was strong as expected.
After about 10 minutes or so, came the amuse bouche in the form of a pumpkin and coconut milk soup with a cheese naan. The flavours were extremely delicate and comforting.
Since we were a group of 5 we managed to sample all the starters.
The Khandvi Ravioli was the star of the starters. We all loved the idea as well as the execution.
The galawat with foie gras and strawberry chutney was also interesting. This was the first time I tasted foie gras. I think it is an acquired taste. I found the texture too slimy for my liking. The chutney was really good though.
The soft shell crab was my pick. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed with the lack of flavours in this dish. The vegetarian starters were far better than this. The dish had the crunch but could do with a little more spice and flavours.
After we were done with the starters and before we moved to the mains out came a palate cleanser in a mini cooker. The presentation brought a smile on all our faces. Inside was a mango and cranberry sorbet.
Some of us tried to play with the cooker and found that it is firmly stuck on the plank that it is placed on 🙂
For the mains, three of us opted for the tandoori ribs, one for the murgh nargisi kofta, and I opted for the tiger prawns. We were each prodding the other to try a vegetarian dish, but none of us yielded!
Shobha had the murgh nargisi kofta. As she cut into it a surprise oozed out.
It was a soft boiled egg 🙂
According to me, the tandoori ribs was the dish of the day. The ribs were really tender and the flavour combinations were bang on. The potatoes weren’t that great though.
The kadhai prawns were juicy but I wish they had served with a little more rice. By themselves, the prawns had too much masala and were difficult to appreciate.
The mains arrived with kuchas which were far from ordinary. There were four types of kulchas on our table – applewood smoked bacon, hoisin duck, wild mushroom, roast pumpkin and cheddar. Each one of them was unique. We loved them all, especially the bacon.
We were also served a portion of dairy dal with the mains. Another surprised arrived after we were done with the mains. They called it School Break wali Charpoy. It came laden with aam papad, anardana, rose petal chikki, and fatafat.
An argument broke over the desserts. 4 options and 5 of us – we were unclear about the one that we would repeat. Our server helped us out of it by offering to surprise us. We decided to go with it. First came the dessert platter which had the mishti doi cannoli, doda burfi treacle tart, old monk rum ball, and a cheesecake.
The dessert of the day was hands down the warm doda burfi treacle tart. It got me wondering if I could replicate it at home. Would definitely like to give it a shot. The old monk rum ball was laden with rum and too bitter for my liking. But those who like rum loved it.
We were eagerly waiting for our fifth dessert and were pleasantly surprised to see it bubbling away as it landed on out table. At first glance, it appeared as though steam was rising and we warned Mahesh to handle it with care. Turns out that it was dry ice and cold as cold can be. It was teh Haji Ali inspired Custard apple cream – a creation which we had seen on Foodistan. It was single handedly polished off by Mahesh.
This was the best meal we had ever had in a restaurant. We all pledged to be back very soon with our families. The only downside we will be comparing all other restaurants to the supremely high standards set by Indian Accent! Bytway, the service matches the quality of the food.