This restaurant in Mumbai shatters the myth of vegetarian food limitations with its new menu

14 May,2024 11:48 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

At this eatery in Mumbai, vegetarian cuisine can take centre stage. From Truffle Fries to Nori Nachos, at this restaurant, there is something special for every hardcore vegetarian

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Nestled amidst the bustling streets of Santacruz, lies a contemporary speakeasy, situated above Mansionz by Living Liquidz - Charlee, the brainchild of the renowned restaurateur Suren Joshi in partnership with entrepreneur Mokksh Sani, Managing Director, Living Liquidz and Co- Founder of Cartel Bros and The Glenwalk.

"With Charlee, we wanted to create a hidden haven where guests embark on a global vegetarian adventure. A place where playful curiosity meets culinary artistry. It's not just about the food; it's about an unforgettable dining experience that sparks conversation, ignites the senses, and leaves you yearning for more," states Suren Joshi, Founder of Charlee.

Forget speakeasy whispers; Charlee's interior design is a captivating blend of raw and refined. Unfinished concrete, stone, and wired mesh juxtaposed against sleek brushed brass create a delightfully chic atmosphere. The strategic use of gold accents lifts the space, adding a touch of luxury to the grey and black backdrop.

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"At Charlee, we've shattered the myth of vegetarian limitations, crafting a global tapestry of flavours that bursts with innovation and confidence. Here, you won't find tired veggie tropes - instead, prepare to be surprised, delighted, and utterly convinced that vegetarian cuisine can take centre stage," adds Mokksh Sani, co-founder of Charlee.

Charlee's menu transcends mere vegetarian fare. It's a vibrant tapestry woven with global flavours, each dish meticulously crafted to transport you on a culinary odyssey. Start your journey with playful bar bites - Truffle Fries served alongside a truffle mayo or The Bangkok Cocktail Samosa, drizzled with imli chutney, a delightful nod to Indian street food.

For a lighter start, delve into the Cold Plates section. The Beetroot and Mango Carpaccio is a symphony of textures and flavours. For a taste of the unexpected, the Avocado & Miso Ceviche combines the creamy avocado with a touch of miso magic, creating a truly unique experience.

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Charlee's small plates are a celebration of culinary artistry. Nori Nachos offer a playful twist on the classic, featuring crisp nori papad topped with a vibrant aubergine & avocado tartare. Charlee's Baked Brie showcases a decadent blend of spiced honey and sumac nestled within a bed of figs. For the adventurous palate, the Spicy Japanese Lotus Root offers a delightful crunch with a fiery kick.

Charlee's main course selection caters to diverse palates. Indulge in the Gobi Ghee Roast, where confit cauliflower meets a rich Malvani gravy, or the Truffle Eggplant Bharta, a smoky masterpiece layered with truffle butter and sun-dried tomatoes. Mock meat takes centre stage in the Tandoori Chicken, a flavourful rendition of the classic dish, or the Naga Chili Chicken, a fiery treat balanced with grilled pineapple. For a taste of the Orient, explore the Tom Yum Noodles or the Pad Kee Mao, both vibrant and bursting with authentic flavours.

Charlee's dessert menu provides the perfect finale to your culinary adventure. The Mango & Yuzu offers a refreshing burst of citrus, while the Hangover Chocolate promises a delightful indulgence with its rich chocolate and cherry combination.

Address: 1st Floor, Vatsala Niwas, CHS, Plot, 65B, Linking Rd, Santacruz West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400054

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