Vada Pav Bao: Indian-style Chinese fare tops the list of comfort food of several foodies. Here, two cuisines are mixed to give a unique taste to the usual vada pav. A crumb fried vada is wrapped in pita bao and served with garlic chutney mayo and masala fries. Even if you are not a vada pav fan, still you must try this offbeat variant of Mumbai’s staple food.
Where: Across all Social outlets
Penne Makhani with Chicken Tikka: Relish an Indian version of pasta at a newly launched cafe in Andheri. Tomatoes, cashews, black pepper, ginger, garlic and red chillies are roasted and mashed together to create the all-time favourite Makhani gravy. Later, penne is added to the gravy and given an Indian flavour to the Italian favourite. The addition of chicken tikka on Penne Makhani made it more 'desi'. This fusion of Indian and Continental cuisine gives every reason to ditch the usual Penne Arraibatta or Penne Alfredo pasta.
Where: Ambrosia Cafe and Deli, Shop 2, Wellington Business Park 2, Opposite Skyline Icon, Andheri- Kurla Road, Marol
Jalapeno Paneer Tikka: You cannot ignore but relish the fusion of jalapeno and paneer in an Indian dish. This offbeat version of the usual paneer tikka is a testimony to fusion food that Mumbai takes pride in.
Where: The Finch, John Baker, Saki Vihar Road, Ganesh Nagar, Powai
Nutella Pizza: If you are a Nutella lover, then you cannot skip this offbeat dessert in Mumbai. Here, the same pizza base comes with Nutella topping instead of veggies, bacon, chicken, or pork. Fruits and marshmallows are sprinkled from the top for additional flavour.
Where: 1441 Pizzeria, Fort
Strawberry Goat Cheese Focaccia: The sweet tangy strawberry is incredibly versatile. Strawberries cannot only be savoured in the form of ice cream or milk shake but also in many unusual ways. Strawberry Goat Cheese Focaccia is one such offbeat savoury treat that can be paired with tea or coffee. So, skip the usual desserts and instead try a Focaccia with Basil Pesto Sauce, Strawberry and Goat Cheese at a Strawberry High Tea in Mumbai.
Where: Lobby Lounge, Grand Hyatt Mumbai, off Western Express Highway, Santacruz (E)
Beef Bulgogi Bao: The humble bao gets a twist at 145 Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. Beef Bulgogi is a dish by itself, which has combined two cuisines, i.e., a Chinese Bao and a Korean beef preparation. The succulent thin sliced pan grilled beefsteak is mixed with chilli and soya sauce and wrapped inside a fluffy steamed bao. The tasty caramelised coating adds to the look and flavour of the fusion food.
Where: 145, MG Road, Kala Ghoda
Desi Chelo: Chelo, a signature dish of Iran gets a reinterpretation in Mumbai. A unique preparation of creamy rice is served with choice of kebabs like Reshmi Kebab, Murg Kali Mirch Kebab, Achari Chicken Tikka or Boti Chelo. It can also be paired with vegetarian delicacies like Paneer Tikka or Achari Mushroom. This quirky version of Iran’s national dish is worth a try.
Where: Copper Chimney, Lotus Court (Worli), Fort, and Viviana Mall, Thane (W)
Barley and Black Quinoa Risotto: This offbeat version of risotto is perfect for those on a diet plan. The quirky yet delicious dish is made with superfoods like quinoa, barley, kale and mushrooms. Quinoa and barley serve as the base and kale and mushrooms serve as ingredients.
Where: The Korner House, 21, Union Park Road, Khar (W)
Esfahan Beryani: This is one of Persia’s earliest dishes made from fire roasted minced lamb. The mildly spiced lamb is placed on a triangular shaped naan and garnished with flavoured veggies to top. Are you wondering where did the rice disappear from the biryani? Worry not, because the original biryani contains no rice. In fact, the literal meaning of biryani is 'roasted in fire' and is the speciality of Esfahan, a province in Iran. This offbeat beryani will leave you finger licking.
Where: SodaBottleOpenorWala, Hiranandani (Powai), The Capital Building (Bandra Kurla Complex), and Viviana Mall (Thane)
Beet Root Ice Cream: Wondering how to have beetroot as a dessert? Then you should not wait but have a bowl of freshly made beetroot ice cream in the city. Beet root pulp and fresh cream are mixed together to create this offbeat cold dessert. Be it summer or monsoon, this is a perfect dessert to beat the blues. The ice cream looks vibrant and tastes yummy.
Where: Out of the Blue, 14 Union Park, Khar (W).