When The Sassy Spoon opened over a year ago, its “eclectic European” menu delighted patrons with experiments such as Mulgapudi scallops and Grilled chorizo ravioli. With its first menu change, owners and chefs of the upscale south Mumbai restaurant, Rachel Goenka and Irfan Pabaney have once again pushed the envelope by bringing a bit of Goa to the table.
Known for its large French windows, spurts of the trademark fuschia and relaxed ambience, the restaurant has always kept its menu fresh and edgy with regular additions to it. The new menu, both lunch and dinner, retains the favourites but includes a new range of stuffed Goan pois, crunchy flat breads, salads and a section called ‘From the Skillet’, which serves full meals in pans.
We began by sampling dishes from the lunch menu, starting with a Tomato, olive, parmesan soup and a White onion and smoked scarmoza soup. The White onion soup fit our definition of classic comfort food — the robust flavours were balanced by the creaminess of the cheese. We recommend you start your meal with it.
Next, we tried the flat breads, which have a crunchier base than usual and are available in a range of toppings, with many vegetarian options. We had the Creamed spinach mushrooms and arugula variety that comes with crumbed feta and another with Cajun spiced butter garlic prawns. While it’s hard to pick a favourite, the seafood lover in us couldn’t get enough of the tiny bits of butter garlic prawns.
We eagerly awaited the Goan pois that have an array of stuffing — Goan sausages mixed with bell peppers, Crumbed cottage cheese with hot-favourite sriracha mayo, and Crispy chicken with mustard curry leaf dressing — and they didn’t disappoint. We especially loved the cottage cheese variation as it was packed with spicy and crunchy paneer patties that worked well with the flavourful sauce.
The ‘From the Skillet’ section offers sizeable portions of Mac and queso with Goan sausages and potatoes, Soya bobotie — a South African delicacy — with spicy rice, and Seared mushrooms with water chestnuts, scallions, orange rind topped with mac and queso. The bobotie was laden with masalas, especially curry powder, which married well with the garlic rice. We would definitely go back for the Goan sausages with mac and queso combination.
The Sassy Spoon is well-known for its extensive dessert menu, and the credit goes to Goenka who creates these specials.
The Seven textured hazelnut and chocolate cake blew us away. Second to arrive was the zesty Lemon and thyme cheesecake served with celery sorbet on the side. We also liked the Plum and almond tart with vanilla anglaisse, which had a crisp and buttery pastry base and fresh plums that cut through the sweetness.
If this new menu is anything to go by, the outlet in Bandra, scheduled to open in the last week of October, is set to bring to the suburbs a distinct flavour.