Launchpad: The Sassy Spoon, Fine Dining With An Eclectic Whimsical Twist

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The Sassy Spoon
The Sassy Spoon
The Sassy Spoon

It’s not very often that a restaurant manages to generate so much buzz about it, even before the first food order comes up to the pass. Now, this sort of pre-opening interest can be both detrimental and beneficial at the same time to the debutant. Luckily for The Sassy Spoon, it works in their favour… and how!

When I was invited for an ultra special pre-opening dinner at the swanky new downtown Mumbai restaurant that bills itself as an ‘Eclectic European’ Cuisine-centric Temple to Fine Dining, I accepted with my trademark gourmand glee pat in place.

One of the first things that struck me about this restaurant is the attention to detail that went into the décor. Divided into an al fresco outdoor sitting area and a rather SoHo loft-esque main dining area, the restaurant exudes a relaxed, fuss-free vibe with plenty of class. High-backed chairs in different colours, including the restaurant’s signature hue of fuchsia, a feature wall kitted out with valises and trunks of all shapes and sizes and a cozy bar, are offset by the billowing white curtains that frame the ceiling to floor glass windows.

Anise and sesame braised pork belly
Anise and sesame braised pork belly

The food created by Chef Irfan Pabaney and The Sassy Spoon’s 24-year-old owner and co-chef Chef Rachel Goenka occasionally flirts with greatness. Take for example the seared Mirin Soaked Beef with Cellophane Noodles that hit the spot with the slightly charred exterior of the meat that had at its core a medium rare, tender morsel of divinity. The light-as-air Twice Baked Emmental Soufflé with a Green Apple and Candied Walnut Salad was a perfectly poised appetiser.

The whimsical side of the restaurant reared its naughty little head with the Scallops that were crusted with an intriguing ingredient from South India—Molaga Podi or Gunpowder—that gave it a subtle spicy hit that was tempered down by the Middle Eastern Thoom Sauce of beaten egg white and garlic one usually finds in Shawarmas. However, I did have to convince my taste buds that the super sweet Three Bean Ravioli with Bocconcini, Sherry Vinegar Cream and Pickled Shallots wasn’t a dessert that had absentmindedly wandered into the appetiser section of the menu. 

The Sassy Spoon
The Sassy Spoon

For mains, I was presented with a heart-warming pot of Anise and Sesame Braised Pork Belly that had as its accomplice a crusty house baked Brun Bread. Drool-worthy to the very last mopping, this. The rather odd pairing of prawns with maple syrup and gouda cheese worked surprisingly well in Rachel’s Prawns. While the Nutty Ricotta Ravioli with Truffle Butter and Shaved Black Truffle would have fared much better if there was some sort of sauce to marry it. But tasty it was nonetheless. Served on a bed of Lemongrass Risotto, the huge slab of Oven Roasted Rawas was anointed with a Pulli Kozahumbe (Tamil-style Tamarind Sauce) that set the tone for the dish that clearly lives up to the restaurant’s eclectic aspirations.

Dragooned into having a quartet of desserts by the super-convincing Rachel, I gave in to seduction by sugar. First up was the Sassy Stacks that was a trio of tiny, petit four sized red velvet cake bits served with a cappuccino foam and raspberry caviar. Close on its heels was the intelligently thought of Chevre Cheesecake made from goat’s cheese that came with a shmear of tangy rhubarb compote and a pecorino tuile.

And I simply couldn’t get enough of the Fennel Twist which was a warm fennel liqueur-flavoured bread pudding layered with gulab jamun and served with a boozy bourbon sauce. I am not a big fan of gulab jamun, but if only I was served it in this way before… The piece de resistance was the finale that took the form of the Chocolate and Basil Fondant that gushed forth molten white chocolate and basil gooeyness from its belly, making for messy satisfaction. But then that’s just what The Sassy Spoon does to you. It leaves you sinfully satisfied after a whole evening of spooning and forking!!

Cost: Rs 3,500 for two without alcohol.
Address: The Sassy Spoon, Ground Floor, Express Towers, Ramnath Goenka Marg, Nariman Point.
Phone: 22888222

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Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.