This week has been full of tastings for the Bombay Foodies and it wouldn’t be complete without an exciting invitation from Sofitel BKC. Known for the different food festivals at Pondicherry Cafe, Sofitel explores different cuisines each time and the experience is a complete package as they showcase not just the food but the culture that comes with it. We love them for their efforts … Continue reading Extended Eid celebrations with Dawat-e-Jyran at Sofitel BKC
A few months ago the Bombay Foodies decided (actually the Chef did) to spend a bomb and experience some really good food at Mezzo Mezzo at the JW Marriott, but since a lot has been happening we have found little time to just get our thoughts together and write down our first experience of this much talked about Michelin meal (First of many, we hope) . We’ve spent years hearing about this coveted Michelin star in the world of food. Not in India, of course. But movies, books, food shows on tv. The question from most people is what is a michelin star?
For the purpose of clarity, let us simplify the story behind it, a little. It all started with the Michelin Tire company in the 1900s, when they decided to print a food-guide to encourage travellers to make road-trips to explore the food scene in France. The whole idea of it was to boost the use of cars, using great food as an incentive. The Michelin brothers went to great lenghts to hire anonymous reviewers who visited the restaurant like any other customer, evaluated the food and rated them between 0-3 stars.
- One Star: A good place to stop on your journey, indicating a very good restaurant in its category, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.
- Two Stars: A restaurant worth a detour, indicating excellent cuisine and skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality
- Three Stars: A restaurant worth a special journey, indicating exceptional cuisine where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients.
Good idea, no? From then till now to a french Chef Michelin Star is the only things that matters.
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Well this concept has been brought to India by 4XFOUR.in where they get 4 Michelin star chefs to a property, take over the kitchen and dish out the dishes the particular chefs are known for. Since this happened for the first time in India, they got down only two chefs to see how it goes. We had Chef Laurent Puegoet from France and Grandmaster Chef Giovanni D’Amato from Italy who came down and got their signature dishes for us Mumbaikars to try out.
It was our Chef’s sister’s birthday and for that he decided to take her and the Foodie for this meal. Since he could afford only one of the two chefs, he decided to go for Chef Laurents’ meal as he was mixing French cuisine with Japanese influences! Sounds PIMPED out, doesn’t it?. You need to read on as to what chef Laurent had for us! Being in touch with our friend Reem Iqbal from Madison PR, we finally booked a table for Thursday night, and luckily for us, that was the only night the restaurant wasn’t sold out for the meal. Yup every other day a maximum of 64 seats were booked out for the Michelin meal, just proving the fact that Mumbaikars are ready for this type of food. Taking a day off from work, and making sure everyone did not eat lunch, the Bombay Foodies went off to the Marriott, to have what would turn out to be a meal of a lifetime!