Blind-Tasting always sounds exciting. A combination of sensory deprivation and exploration, it heightens all your senses and makes you experience food better. And that is exactly what Two Michelin Star Chef Sergi Arola believes in. “You do not taste food, you experience it.” The dinner at Arola, JW Marriott, Mumbai thus seemed like something I was going to enjoy.
A few sips if our wine and were blindfolded. With baited breath we waited for our very first course. There was some anxiety and trepidation too. We were gently directed to our plates. The aroma of potatoes was distinct and filled my nostrils. Patatas bravas it turned out to be. One of Arola’s signature dish. Delicious. It simply melt in the mouth. Trust me, it tasted even better today with our eyes closed. We were obviously concentrating more on the flavours.
The second course seemed more confusing. Prawns, fish, were some of the wild guesses that were made. Eyes opened and we were embarrassed to discover Chicken wings with honey, soy sauce and sesame seeds. The vegetarians were savouring green asparagus.
An intimate tour of the flavour palate is what we had embarked upon and one realises how important it is to concentrate on what one is eating.
The dessert arrived. It was so tasty that I almost forgot, I was supposed to guess what it was and simply walloped most of it. The orange flavour was evident as was the cream. At first bite though, I must confess, I mistook it for mascarpone cheese. It was Crema Catalan, the popular dessert from Arola.
The food this evening tantalized our taste buds with flavours and textures like never before. Sergi Arola painstakingly explained why food tastes that way it does and makes us feel the way we do.
The beautiful amalgamation of good food, aroma and music, guided by the gourmet magician Chef Sergi Arola, made it a memorable and fun evening. I was glad I made the effort to attend it.