I recently enjoyed a truly fun evening with friends at a newly opened restaurant called Chemistry101 in the Kamala Mills area of Mumbai. I had heard the buzz surrounding this new gastro bar offering molecular gastronomy and was quite intrigued as to what that could possibly mean. With an award winning Welsh chef designing a menu of Indian and European fusion dishes, with a magical array of bubbles, clouds, and aromas it sounded like the perfect place to share a meal with a couple of fellow expats who were also open to new experiences.
“With the right infusion of flavors and imagination food could, and should, be magical” Chemistry101 Facebook
The restaurant is set on the ground floor of one of the corporate buildings within the Kamala Mills complex. Nothing fancy to report on the décor, just plenty of dark wood and glass topped tables. Perhaps the lack of theatrics with the décor allows the diners to concentrate on the elaborate feast they are about to enjoy. I noticed a few test tubes and chemistry-like equipment pieces dotted around on shelves, possibly designed to evoke the sentiment of food experimentation. The television on the wall seemed slightly out of place to me, a little distracting, and somewhat unnecessary considering the ‘show’ taking place on the tables. There are two levels to the restaurant, the lower being set out as a traditional restaurant and I’m told that upstairs will be more of a dance/function type space with bar and tapas style menu (upstairs was not open when I visited).
As the restaurant was newly opened they were not operating a full menu so our servers brought us a steady stream of dishes to sample. Each dish arrived with a fanfare of waiters to serve, to explain the concept of the dish, and to answer our many questions as it was just fascinating trying to work out what was being served. We tried a variety of veg and non veg dishes. I’ve shared a video on this blog so you can get more of a true feel of our experience.
I would describe this restaurant as much more than just a place to enjoy a somewhat unusual meal but as a culinary journey that will make you smile (or laugh and giggle as we did all evening long). Go with an open mind and an inquisitive palate and you will not be disappointed.
Address: Times Tower, Kamala Mills, Mumbai
Phone: 02224967272/ 24969292