I left my previous job of 1.5 years for a reason. Well, there’s always a reason when you leave a job, but more than anything, I started realising that what I’d always meant to do was be in the food industry, and my aim was to somehow or the other get into it through my writing. Anyway, I have found the first step to that dream through my new job, where I handle two food magazines, one on grocery and the other on restaurants and cuisines and the food business in India.
Yesterday was an exciting day for me at the job. Our magazine was invited to meet with two Italian restaurateurs from New York who will be opening their authentic North Italian restaurant Serafina for the first time in Mumbai. Along with a ‘Meet n Greet’ session, we were also invited for the tasting lunch, which I was so excited about!
So, here’s my review of the restaurant and its food.
You cant miss Serafina in Palladium. It’s on the top floor with yellow awnings and ‘Serafina’ written in cursive. The interiors of the restaurant are warm with pale yellow walls depicting the Italian angel Serafina’s wings and some food in watercolours. One side of the restaurant has been dedicated to windows to let some sunlight in. And the top end houses a bar — which currently holds Indian wines. The chairs and tables are almost communal with little space in between. Wood adds more warmth and comfort to the décor.
Seated at a table of four, three colleagues from the publishing industry and I were served delicious food. Our meal started with a choice of white or red wine (which I didn’t have) and continued with tasting the main courses. Here’s what I had.
Farfalle in Limoncello sauce. I couldn’t photograph it since I was so into the dish, and now I regret it. This lovely ‘bow pasta’ was soft and perfectly al dente, coated with a lovely and light cream sauce with a subtle tinge of lemon. It was served with prawns and smattering of parsley. This was one of the best dishes I had.
Gnocchi in Arabbiata sauce. This was the first time I ever tasted Gnocchi – yes, yes, surprise! But it was just as the Masterchef judges say it should be – soft, pillowy and melt in your mouth delicious. The Arabbiata had the lovely tanginess that is tomato leaving a lingering taste on your tongue, and this was just intensified by a crack of fresh pepper served at the table.
My old Android is no good for photographs. The one time I wish I had an iPhone!
Ravioli with Spinach and Ricotta in a butter-sage sauce. This was simply sumptuous. The delicate shavings of parmesan cheese, the soft ravioli and the classic combination of spinach and ricotta were so beautifully complemented by the butter sage sauce.
Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms. This was one dish I just couldn’t come to like. I think this is the first time I’ve ever had Porcini mushrooms, and now believe that you need to develop a taste for it. The risotto rice itself was good, again al dente, and the mushroom sauce was creamy and smooth, but the strong mushroomy flavour just put me off.
Finally, we had warm, crusty Focaccia stuffed with stringy, stretchy mozzarella cheese, fresh tomato and basil. I always knew that these were classic combinations, but to have them imported all the way from Italy and eat them so warm was an experience!
The meal was rounded off with some lovely Tiramisu, which sadly, even though it literally melted in my mouth, had the almost acidic touch of coffee, and I couldn’t eat it further. Gave it to another editor who was lusting after an extra one!
On the whole, I had a lovely meal and the most amazing time tasting the dishes. I can’t wait to visit Serafina once it opens, just to taste more of their food, especially the Focaccia!
Address: 3rd floor, Palladium, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel
Opening: It is slated to open some time next week. Go check it out and give me your feedback.