The food scene in India is going through some rather interesting times, and people are eating out like never before. One look around the neighbourhood, and you will see a plethora of new restaurants. But, even in the middle of all this gastronomic action, I am, somewhat a traditionalist. Well, cuisine-wise, that is. Despite the huge surge in Italian and Continental, every time, someone says Chinese, my eyes light up, and my mind does a happy dance. After all, growing up in '90s Kolkata, it is the only food we ate, everytime we went out. So, I guess, a lot of this Chinese affinity has to do with my childhood.
So, when an invite to experience the newly-opened Foo restuarant in Mumbai's BKC area, came my way, I couldn't contain my excitement. We went there on a Friday evening, right after work, and needless to say, the place was bustling. This is the third Foo outlet, after the very successful Churchgate and Lower Parel, from the Tham brothers, and is located where The Good Wife was earlier. Very distinct from the first two Foos, the newest property offers a lively hipster bar vibe, and what caught our eye was the decor. Inspired by the wabi-sabi principles, the décor steers away from the overused concept of minimalism to make way for an intimate atmosphere. Traditional organic materials have been used in a modern and luxe way along with bold colours to make sure that Foo makes a statement that accentuates everything Asian hospitality stands for. The new property boasts both indoor and outdoor seating along with a private dining area that can be enclosed for added privacy. The windows by the bar slide up as well, making the bar accessible to everyone sitting inside as well as outside. We chose a seat inside, by the window.
The next couple of hours took us on a delighful gastronomic journey. We began with Sushi and Dumplings, and simply loved the Spicy Tofu Dumpling, the Chilli Duck Dumpling, and the Crab Sushi. The Steamed Foo Baskets that followed with delicious seafood such as the Red Snapper with Cantonese Soya Sauce and the Golden Sea Bass with Thai Lemon Sauce, should be on your must-try list.
Unlike us, if you are watching your calories, and fancy small plates (as is characteristic of Foo, they have a range of them), try the Hong Yu Water Chestnut Wonton or the Hakka Belgium Pork Belly with a portion of the classic Foo Hakka Noodles. Trust us, you are going to relish it.
And what is a visit to Foo, without gorging on their Japanese Blue Fried Rice. As it sat there, pretty in its all blue-hue, we realised what is really means to eat with your eyes. Do not leave Foo, without trying this melt-in-the mouth delicacy, you can thank us later!
Foo BKC also has a one-of-a-kind cocktail menu which is home to a plethora of unique cocktails for you to sip on. Between the two us, we tried the Wasabi Margarita with Tequila, HM Wasabi & Orange Marmalade and Lime. If you fancy some fizz, take your pick from the Foo Spritz with Gin, Homemade Campari, Sparkling Wine, Tonic Water and Cherry. And if whisky is your go-to, Ramble Round the Ball with Whisky, Foo Elxyr and Saffron, are what you should be pairing your gorgeous meals with.
To end the meal on a sweet note, get indulgent with the Chocolate Napoleon with Chocolate Ginger Sauce, Red Current, Raspberries and Hazelnut.
I can safely this was one of the nicest Chinese meals I had eaten in the recent past, and I am definitely coming back for everything I could not manage to taste this time around. The food, the ambience, and the cocktails, the Foo magic is everywhere.