Isn’t it funny when you keep hearing the same place being recommended by different groups of friends. Is there a higher power guiding me to go visit the place? And if so, shouldn’t they be concerned with more important tasks? But I digress…
I had heard the name The Table mentioned on quite a few occasions since moving to Mumbai, and none more so than when we briefly lived at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel as it is literally just around the corner from the hotel.
Well I am happy to say that I have now visited this establishment and yes, it is very good and so I can understand why it is on many peoples must visit list. Winning the Critics Choice award for Best Restaurant in Mumbai in the TimeOut Food Awards 2014 has probably helped to increase their visibility in an extremely over populated marketplace. The location, just along from the Taj hotel and the Gateway of India also means that it is in a prime tourist location. On our lunchtime visit, I would say there was a fairly equal mix of locals and western tourists.
The decor is a blend of old high-class hotel meets modern club lounge with black and white and pops of electric blue. Soft velvet chairs and banquets offer a variety of seating options. Downstairs there is a bright bar with numerous seats and also tables alongside the large windows that would be great for watching the people go by on the busy street outside the restaurant. We decided to venture upstairs for our lunch where it is a slightly more traditional restaurant seating set up.
On first review the menu seemed quite American, which probably has something to do with the fact that the Executive Chef Alex Sanchez, is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and has spent the last 8 years working in various establishment in San Francisco. While the menu is not huge, there was a good mix of small and large plate options. Small plates range from 425 to 1275 Rupees and large plate options 575 to 1025 (not too different really?).
We both ordered the small plate fish tacos and enjoyed a bottle of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, much to the shock of some of our fellow diners it would seem. The waiters were very courteous and gave us enough space, without hovering too close, to enjoy our meal and catch up with our news but sufficiently attentive that whenever we needed a refill or to order something else they were available.
The restaurant did get quite noisy mid way through our lunch but we seemed to outlast most of the other diners and when we left to explore some local shops at around 4.30pm it was quite deserted. Evidently they do offer afternoon tea but I guess it was not too popular on this day.
I would recommend The Table, especially if you are looking for something a little more American/European.
Location: Ground Floor Kalapesi Trust Building, below Hotel Suba Palace, Apollo Bunder Marg, Colabra