Gone are the days when one would head to SoBo or Bandrafor an evening of fine dining cuisine. Food lovers across thecity now have options to dine at speciality cuisine restaurants across Malad to Mulund, and beyond. Banking on this fast-growing trend, is Silverspoon Gourmet, a gourmet catering service that offers food for the connoisseur, in the comfort of your home.
Started by husband-wife duo Joshua D’Souza and Neha Manekia, Silverspoon Gourmet offers a classic European menu. The couple have had several years of experience in the hospitality industry — Manekia has worked as a HR professional with a leading hotel chain while D’Souza was a chef at several five-star hotels.
They began work on the idea of gourmet catering when they shifted to the city last year. “We noticed that when someone would request for a catering service, it would involve bulk production and less attention to detail. So, we decided to introduce a service that would concentrate on the quality of food,” explains Manekia, who tells us that Silverspoon takes orders for as less as two people.
Silverspoon doesn’t offer Indian gourmet food though they are open to customising options: “We stick to our classic European menu. But flavours can be adapted to suit the Indian palette; say, if you add cumin to a dish, it would add familiarity without changing the recipe.”
Apart from catering, they also offer to arrange parties by offering personal chefs and waiters, music arrangements, crockery, and even sommeliers and tea experts so you can have a wine or tea/ coffee tasting session at your home.
THE TASTE TEST
We sampled their Vegetarian Paella and a Moussaka. A Paella is a Spanish dish that uses special paella rice layered with a mixed vegetable gravy, it came packed with loads of colour thanks to the fresh veggies in it. Thankfully, our dish offered the calasparra variety instead of basmati rice. The flavours of the paella worked wonders with the right amounts of tang and spice — a spoonful was enough to leave a spicy after taste.
The Moussaka is a Greek aubergine-based lamb meat dish — ours arrived covered in a smooth cheese and béchamel layer with the meat blanketed underneath. A wee bit salty, we chose to ignore this minor hiccup as the overall gastronomic experience managed to transport our palate all the way to a sunny street side café in Athens.
But like most gourmet food services, this one too comes with a steep price tag, starting at Rs 850 per person for a buffet service and Rs 2,500 per person if you need a sit down dinner. But with a personal waiter and chef, this might be a good option for a candle-lit dinner at home on a special weekend. Silverspoon also offers food hampers through the year for festive and special gifting purposes.
Another online food delivery service to hit the city is FoodPanda.in. This Gurgaon-based company has more the 200 restaurants on their list. All one has to do is select a location and choose from the restaurants on offer. It works well for office hours as you wouldn’t have to bother about safe-keeping menus as you can browse online. Right now the options can be limiting (our office, in the Parel area, had just one, inspite of several restaurants in their Lower Parel list that deliver to our office); once they get their numbers high, it can work as a one-stop order.