Weekend Specials: Pop-Ups By Karvalli, Ministry Of Crab and Nihonbashi

Alappuzha meen curry.

Eating certain kinds of seafood may be off-limits in the monsoon but you can get your fill of it at two pop-ups this month. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Colaba is currently hosting a pop-up by Karavalli, the coastal restaurant from Bangalore and the Four Seasons Hotel in Worli will host Sri Lankan seafood specialty restaurants Ministry of Crab and Nihonbashi for two days next weekend. Here’s what to expect:

Karavalli at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
Masala Kraft, the Indian restaurant at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Colaba, is hosting a pop-up by Karavalli, the renowned coastal restaurant at The Gateway Hotel Residency Road in Bangalore, which is part of the Taj group of hotels, until Sunday, July 16. Karavalli specialises in the food of the southern coast, stretching from Goa to Kerala. The chefs at Karavalli, which is nearly three decades old, have trained in the homes of locals whose recipes make up the menu at the restaurant.

The a la carte selection available for lunch and dinner at the pop-up lists Karavalli signature dishes such as tiger prawns roast; kane kaidina (fried Mangalorean ladyfish); octopus sukka; chevod balchao (lobster prepared in Goan pickle masala); Alappuzha meen curry; kori gassi (chicken cooked with ground coconut, byadgi chillis, coriander and tamarind); mutton stew; Karavalli mutton curry; tharav roast (duck roast); vazhapoo thoran (banana flowers stir-fried with coconut and spices); ananas sansav (curried pineapples); avial; dodol; and elaneer payasam (tender coconut pudding).

The Karavalli pop-up is on until Sunday, July 16 at Masala Kraft, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Colaba. Tel: 022 6665 3296. Open daily, from 12.30am to 2.45pm and from 7pm to 11.45pm. Get directions here.

Ministry of Crab and Nihonbashi at San:Qi
On the weekend of Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, the city will get to sample the food of two of Sri Lanka’s most popular seafood restaurants, Ministry of Crab and Nihonbashi, at San:Qi, the pan-Asian restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Worli. Both restaurants featured in this pop-up event called A Taste of Heaven, are owned by restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa, who will interact with diners during the lunches and dinners across the two days.

In 2016, Ministry of Crab, which is focused on serving Sri Lankan fare, was ranked No.25 on the annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list and Nihonbashi, a Japanese seafood speciality restaurant, was awarded the 49th spot in the list this year. The veg and non-veg seven-course lunches and dinners at the pop-up will feature three dishes from each restaurant followed by one of Munidasa’s signature desserts.

Dashi and umami taste of two soups (dashi broth and tomato soup); olive oil kake tai cha (rice bowl with red snapper sashimi with the broth of the snapper); bluefin tuna belly sumibiyaki (marinated tuna seared on white charcoal) make up the Nihonbashi non-veg specials on the seven-course menu. Baked crab, garlic chilli prawns and pepper crab are the Ministry of Crab signatures. Munidasa has drafted a special veg menu for the pop-up, which includes seaweed-grilled bamboo shoot; asparagus ankake chazuke (rice soaked with thick veg dashi topped with grilled asparagus); and tofu and shiitake mushroom yakitori.

A Taste of Heaven will take place on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23. Tickets for lunch at 1pm (dinner is sold out) priced at Rs6,400 per person (excluding taxes and convenience fees), which entitles attendees to cocktails and a flute of champagne, are being sold on Insider.in. San:Qi, Four Seasons Hotel, Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli. Tel: 022 2481 8000. Get directions here.

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