Sunday 22 April 2018

“We do fusion in Indian food” – Ashish Gautam

Tanatan    4.5/5

Address: 462, Ground Floor AB Nair Road, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
Specialty:  Progressive Pan Indian food
Type of Restaurant: All day bar and restaurant
The details above are from the restaurant/their website and are subject to change at their discretion
Price Range: 2300/- for two Exclusive of Drinks and applicable taxes and charges. They levy a 10% service charge
You’d be better off booking a table before you go, ‘cos the bells of success are ringing ‘tanatan’. This place is running to packed houses even on weekdays. That is how good they are, and we truly hope things stay that way. This restaurant is located on the ground floor of Hotel Ramee Guestline, also home to “It’s Mirchi”
The copper-coloured panels with laser etching and embellishments created a very regal elegant setting, interspersed with some fun quotes. Influences from cultures across the country is evident. The kitchen is open. The copper vessels, cauldrons, tandoor and the efficiency and speed at which the kebabs and flatbreads are being turned out onto the pass is quite a treat to the eyes. There is a stage where there are live performances, and a bar to get you into the mood. They can cater to bigger groups or private dining as well.
Life’s Good, but its not perfect
To start we ordered the Crispy Jheenga tempura in a Curry leaf Lemongrass broth. The presentation was impressive. A perfectly cooked prawn in a tempura batter served alongside a teapot full of the most flavoursome soup. The combination worked a charm. The soup was a rather generous portion.
From the “Choti Bhook” section we ordered the Bhuna Chaap which is mutton chops slow roasted in a traditional pot and finished on an iron griddle. The chops were cooked to perfection, succulent, falling off the bone. We could have polished off a dozen easily. This comes with a piped chilly potato and onion rings. Despite the name, the portion size was reasonably large.
Mains are divided into “Chef ki Marzi” or Chef’s choice and “Aap ki marzi” or your choice.

We ordered the Lamb shank pulao with raita which is a Tanatan special. Delicately flavoured rice with a whole lamb shank. The meat was falling off the bone. If you are a fan of marrow, you would probably have to ask for assistance. The raita is served in a miniature milk can. Cute, and the raita was thick, with the tomato and cucumber fresh. A good portion and an absolute delight.

Dessert:. We had the Raspberry sorbet Falooda which took a while to get to the table, but when it did, it was well worth the wait. This is a dessert that comes from the bar, made to order, using liquid nitrogen.
 From the looks of it, it’s a regular falooda with the vermicelli and chia seeds. Instead of the kulfi, you have a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a scoop of raspberry sorbet. The raspberry was tangy, the sweetness of the entire dessert was just right. We could see the fusion they speak of here. This was a good example of progressive Indian Cuisine.
We also had a chocolate lava cake with a scoop of vanilla icecream. The latter was procured from “Its Mirchi” The chocolate lava cake, true to its name, had a liquid centre with a caramel hazelnut ”lava” . We couldn’t have had a more perfect end to the meal.
Drinks: They have some very interesting fusion cocktails and shots along with the regular fare. We had the Anar ka Pyar which has pomegranate seeds, orange rind and clove reduction, mint and a splash of cranberry.
Service wise, the servers are attentive and courteous. They offer suggestions willingly.
Insider tips If you are there for a celebration, you don’t have to be bothered with bringing a cake. One can be arranged for you from “It’s Mirchi” within a moment’s notice.
Value for money Given the portion sizes and quality of food and service, it is good bang for your buck
What to wear It is a fine dining restaurant, so you can put your evening wear to good use.

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