With Masterchef India’s new season being all Vegetarian and so many new places in the city taking the no-meat route, we are really wondering if being Vegetarian is the new trend that Mumbai is going to switch to.
While we love our meats and sea food, once in a while, a good vegetarian meal is something we wouldn’t say no to.
Ithaka, Mumbai’s new Lebanese restaurant, is opening soon in Lower Parel. We were invited by FBAI for a preview tasting and here’s what we thought about the place.
Located right above Riso, Ithaka has the most adorable look from the outside. A little colorful house from the outside, brightly lit on the inside, the restaurant claims to be the India’s first Lebanese restaurant with an authentic all-vegetarian fare.
To begin with, we were served the soups, the Mushroom Cappuccino Soup and the Lemongrass Soup. Both soups were delicious, although a little less salt would be preferred. Next up were the salads, the Water Chestnut and Raw Mango Salad, not too sure how it falls under Lebanese, we thought it was more Asian, tasty nonetheless. The Mediterranean Mint Salad – a blend of mint curd, fresh beans, spring onions and cucumber, this one tasted more Mediterranean than any of the previous dishes.
The star of the meal was the Cold Mezzo, Pita Bread served with Hummus, Hummus Turki – traditional hummus topped with spicy olives and Hummus Harra – traditional hummus topped with pesto and garlic. The Hummus Turki and Harra were absolutely delightful and just one platter was not enough.
The Batata Hara – grilled potatoes tossed in garlic and herbs was another dish we enjoyed. But then again, how can anyone go wrong with potatoes. An interesting option you must try is the Sesame Zucchini -Zucchini coated with sesame and topped with veggies.
Dishes we thought you should give a miss were the mediocre peas in toast cups and the Hummus Harissa.
We didn’t really try the dessert, but a second trip is going to happen soon once the place opens on the 17th February 2015.
Overall, we don’t think they should use the word authentic to describe their fare, as most of what we tried was definitely not authentic. Some hits and some misses but definitely worth a visit.
Janta Industrial Estate, Above Riso, Lower Parel
Landmark: Opposite High Street Phoenix
Phone: 24921001 / 24922001
Ithaka at @IthakaMumbai
Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid