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There’s a lot more to come…..Ellipsis

Mumbai has reason to be proud. Ellipsis, the modern American-concept restaurant in South Mumbai, has changed the culinary scene in the city. You are in for a treat in “experimental dining” for sure.

After a long tiring day, we landed at Ellipsis, for dinner. (Until then, it was open only for dinner). It is open for lunch too from later this week.

The ambience and décor immediately relaxed me. Ellipsis’ rustic, yet modern décor, custom-made designs were aesthetically a treat. I loved the tiled tabletops and supple leather seating.

The menu was equally interesting. Ellipsis offers a menu inspired by myriad seasonal ingredients and international techniques. It is broken into three categories – Garden, Farm and Sea – with a menu that changes and is printed daily — a rarity in Mumbai. Items from the Garden include Beet Salad with cardamom, coffee, herbs, pickled vegetables and beet meringue to Gnocchi with roasted garlic, corn, peppers, parmesan, mushroom duxelle. The dishes are al meant for sharing, which really makes your meal more interactive and enjoyable.

 Ellipsis takes pride in providing an unparalleled dining experience, even by American-palate standards. Attention to detail, from scratch ingredients to progressive cooking techniques, is prevalent across dishes. Executive Chef and former Chicagoan, Kelvin Cheung, leads the team with a menu that  adheres to the American trend of farm-to-table.

The hand-rolled Pretzel Bread with the dips, teased my palate sufficiently. Grass skirt and The Fawn were the two mocktails recommended and were extremely refreshing. The green asparagus soup… truffled crème fraiche, white asparagus, was a melee of flavours which soothed my palate. Subtle, yet distinct. Homemade Ravioli with pumpkin came next and was an absolute surprise. The apple, sage, arugula, truffle, parmesan, complimented the sweet pumpkin taste.

I am an incorrigible fish eater and was thrilled, when the pomfret… brown butter, caper, panko, parsley, cauliflower arrived on the table. Light and flavoursome, it surpassed my expectations. The chicken… eddoe, radicchio, long beans, baby carrots, natural jus, was a visual delight but did not entice me as much as the other dishes.

Chocolate Fondant, the sinful dessert was the perfect end to the delectable meal we savoured.

Chicken and waffles  fried chicken, sour dough waffles, foie gras butter, bacon gastrique and served with housemade sriracha; Holland Pork Belly  with steamed buns, are some of the other must-try on the menu.

The chef ensures that items from the sea make their way to the kitchen via air charter to Mumbai in order to provide fresh items like Tuna with soy gel, avocado, Montpellier Octopus Carpaccio with Iberico ham, confit potato, frisee and parsley.

Progression doesn’t stop in the kitchen, bar consultants Alex Day and David Kaplan of New York’s Death & Company – have put together a robust beverage program. Not only is Ellipsis the only restaurant to sell Pinot Grigio and Prosecco on tap, but it also holds exclusive serving rights on more than 20 spirits and 6 beers. Guests can enjoy a healthy selection ranging from “Buzzfree” cocktails, housemade seltzers, syrups, garnishes and infusions, specialty cocktails and shots, the classics, fresh juices and international beers.  Only premium spirits and double pours are used in cocktails.

In short, a meal at Ellipsis is truly, a gourmand’s delight. Fresh ingredients, subtle flavours, impeccable service. Indded, that’s not the end. There is more to come. It is in fact just the beginning.

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of our first venture,” says Rohan Talwar, Founder & CEO, IB Hospitality. We too are Rohan!

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Chalo : Smoke House Deli

Phoenix Mills at Lower Parel is always pulsating, but as we stepped inside Smoke House Deli, that place was buzzing with frenetic activity, an unusual sign for a weekday evening. We were welcomed warmly and were shown our table. The place is vibrant, cheerful and the ambience immediately beckons you. The staff is attentive, polite and extremely well-informed. In fact, they guided us through our culinary journey and did a great job.

For a juicy and refreshing way to beat the heat, I opted for a Kiwi melon mocktail. It truly was the best from the season’s bounty, and extremely light and invigorating.

 Executive Chef Glyston Gracias, Chef & Manager, explained, “We always work towards highlighting subtle and honest flavours that enhance our fresh, seasonal ingredients. Our season specials are created, keeping the weather and the produce in mind. For this summer menu, we’ve incorporated cooling touches, fruity kicks and nourishing flourishes in every dish including the cold soups, salads, mains and desserts.”

 Cold Soups like Cucumber + Dill with white balsamic or Beetroot + Mustard Soup with sour cream and mascarpone, I thought were great options for summer. The Salads sounded even more tempting so we settled for a Roast Chicken Salad + Thyme Croutons with grain mustard “vinaigrette”. The crunchy texture, tangy flavours, got my palate ready for a hearty meal. For Mains, we were suggested peri peri rubbed smoked chicken with smoked pimento reduce and a chilli crusted John Dory with citrus thyme veloute on a bed of turmeric risotto. The sauce on the chicken was palate-tickling, distinct and flavourful and the chicken breasts were succulent. The chilli crusted fish simply melt in the mouth and the turmeric risotto was unique and one of the best I have ever tasted. Other exciting dishes on the menu include, Lemongrass + Dill Marinated “Rawas” with kacchi aambi + tomato “butter”, Saffron + Jalapeno Grilled Chicken with turmeric velouté, herb crust Australian lamb chops.

We rounded off our meal with a tiramisu. It never lets me down. Fluffy, light and with the right flavours, it was sinful. The Summer Berry Pavlova or Mango Cheesecake sounded delightful too, but we gave it a miss.

One of the best dining places I have visited in recent times for global food. The menu is an exciting array of sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, pastas, and so on. The drinks menu is exhaustive too and clearly spells innovation. The presentation of the food is a visual treat as are the flavours for the palate. This deli merits another visit soon.