Serendipity. Again. Authentic cuisine from each country is the subject of our tasting and discussion. I write from the Maldivian island-paradise. And in the midst of our Maldivian food tasting I’m taking time off to write a review of Mumbai’s authentic Pan Indian cuisine restaurant, interestingly named “Talli Turmeric”. It sure is a family restaurant. The inspirational fit and foodie family ( travelled and eaten their way through 40 countries)helped us eat our way through the menu and simultaneously enlightened us about fitness. Post grad in sports science, Sunil Kudva’s fitness centres are always overbooked. Model actress turned fitness nutritionist Madhuri, their vivacious children Aryan and Khushi had definite palate opinions about Talli Turmeric. Our review follows
Tucked into the ground floor of Atria mall, Talli Turmeric’s
50-feet long showstopper bar with floral motifs and fluted wooden corners was the centre of attention. Tall chairs, plush sofa seating, communal table paisley motifs chunks of Jaisalmer stones made up the décor.
FOOD AND DRINK
The menu zig zags all over India. And serves up very interesting dishes. Home made pickles on the table set the tone – Louki ka Murabba, Chilli Mustard pickle and Amba Haldar
We dined there thrice…to check for consistency and each time the succulent Dum ki Nalli suffused with spices came up tops. As did the bheja curry and the melt in the mouth kebabs from Lucknow, Kakori and Galoti. Happily, even the not so commonly served in restaurants Laal Maas from Rajasthan hit the right notes.
From South India… the mellow coconutty notes of Prawn pollichattu, the spongy-bellied, lacy edged appam and stew delighted. As did the soft shell crab and fluffy mini idlis. End with the crisp golden jalebis, the Kavuni Arisi , black rice pudding.
Talli ( means drunk or tipsy ) serves up cocktails with an Indian twist. Aamchi Rita, Imli Sour, Tequila infused with Kokum etc.
Too dimly lit. Loud and inappropriate music, (“kung fu fighting” etc ). It was a mystery why they did not get the staple dishes right… be it the dosas ( soggy) stodgy veg galoti, Haleem, which was lacking flavour. Ditto for the Bissi beli and the Mangalorean ghee roast.
Don’t get misled by the “Turmeric” in the name, this restaurant serves up many a worth trying, sans-turmeric, authentic dish from North and South India. Talli Turmeric opened quietly at the beginning of this year (not sure of date) and did so without any media hype (kudos). It’s only now while writing this column that I found out that Chef Fareed Qureshi, (North Indian food maestro)) and Chef Arasa Kumar (South Indian food specialist) are responsible for the regional dishes. Served through the day. Atria mall is beginning to rock with French-Bengali, Japanese, barbecue, bars, Modern Indian, Japanese and multi cuisine buffets. Many more and Thai too. Happy! Happy!
TALLI TURMERIC Atria Mall, Ground Floor, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli,
Av meal for two: Rs 2500
Open : noon to midnight
RATING FOOD 3.5 SERVICE 3.5 DÉCOR 3.25
Mmmm MALDIVIAN MAGIC
Time stands still. Life meanders slowly. “No shoes no news” here. Ive logged onto special wifi to mail this column. With the sea in front of me, sand under my toes Im getting an authentic local taste of the Maldives and it’s breathtakingly beautiful 1200 islands. Chef Aishath Naila, cooks to generations old recipes, be it the vibrantly spiced tuna kulimas, aromatic tuna mas huni. Here in the sustainable, back to basics Soneva Jani, Im getting as dazzled by the authentic local fare as that by triple Michelin starred guest chef Maxime Meilleur’s sophisticated wine paired dinner last night… served in a rustic beach shack made of recycled raw materials. Therein lies the magic.