Last week, the good folks at Gourmet It Up ran a Valentine’s Day contest on Twitter and no prizes for guessing who won! The contest was sponsored by Ballantine's and aptly named "Valentine's with Ballentine's". Up for grabs were three couple invites for a V-day dinner at one of the premier fine dining restaurants in Mumbai – Indigo, Colaba. Naturally, I gave the contest a shot and what do you know!
Before I go on to the dinner, a brief word
about Gourmet It Up. This is a concierge service, currently operating in
Mumbai, which offers to create unique dining experiences at the restaurants
they have a tie up with. The service will soon be launched in Delhi and Pune as
well. My one experience with them has been quite good; I found the team to be
very proactive and responsive. It’s worth giving a try!
And now, on to our Valentine’s night dinner. The
husband and I were quite looking forward to the dinner since Indigo is one of the best restaurants in the city, known for its elegant ambience and good quality
food. Also, Gourmet It Up had sent across the personalised menu created for our
dinner and I couldn’t wait to get there. We chose to sit in the Terrace section
so that we could enjoy the lovely extended ‘winter’ that Mumbai is currently
experiencing. The space is stylishly done up, with low lighting (the reason for
the badly lit images in this post!) and fairly quiet.
There were unlimited Absolut and Ballantine’s
cocktails on offer and since we prefer vodka over whisky, we ordered martinis.
was spot on and they had not gone stingy with the alcohol. For the first
course, I decided to go with the Liquid Ravioliti of Chevre and it
was easily the dish of the evening. Four decently sized ravioli were stuffed
with a delicious mushroom puree and served with wild rocket and generously
drizzled with sage butter. One bite and I was floored!
The other first course
dish we tried was the Chicken and Ricotta Boudin Blanc,
which was served with baby greens and hazelnuts, a smear of prune chutney and
topped with chive dressing. Quite flavourful and the chicken was cooked
For the second course, we ordered the Grilled
Green Garlic Marinated Chicken, which was served with a side of potato
puree and green beans. The dish was quite good and the mashed potatoes creamy.
The other main was a Pan Roasted Reef Cod (thankfully not
the done-to-death basa). This came with two crab dumplings, some curried
spinach and was topped with a coconut lime sauce. The fish was cooked just
right and the overall dish was tasty, but what stole the show was the crab
dumpling. In a word, delicious!
For dessert we ordered a Passion Fruit and Banana Pavlova
and the White Chocolate Fondant. The Pavlova was served with some honey
yogurt and weirdly enough, banana chips. This was the only dish that I didn’t
particularly care for. Even though I usually love the tartness of passion
fruit, the pavlova was too sour for my taste.
The white chocolate fondant saved
the dessert course. It was served with some rose ice cream, rose marmalade
(which was basically gulkand), fresh
strawberries and a really delish dark chocolate chip cookie.
The portion sizes were quite good; I was a bit
apprehensive when the menu came with just three courses, but we were quite
stuffed by the end of the second course itself. Of course, the excellent bread
basket was also to blame partially, not to mention the martinis that we knocked
down! A must-try is the Espresso Martini – smooth, dark and
Overall, a fantastic dining experience and
both Indigo & Gourmet It Up really made this Valentine’s Day special. And following in our footsteps, guess who made a stop at Indigo recently? Read here :)
Labels: Gourmet It Up, Indigo, Mumbai, Review