Food Review: The Pier
The attentive staff deserves a mention; the food is fresh and delicious - look out for the American quinoa salad and the hearty French onion soup.
The chef has a rather heavy hand when it comes to the sweet.
We'll be going back for more.
Mushroom cappuccino & the American quinoa tabouli salad at The Pier
When Tetsuma at Colaba (Mumbai) shut down, we were promised it would reopen to give us a new dining experience. The space has since undergone a makeover - in terms of décor and food - and reopened as The Pier.
The food is described as 'European comfort gourmet'; the décor is cool blue and the bar has been extended to stretch the length of the restaurant. Owner Samir Chhabria tells us he wants to bring the spotlight back on the food and has enlisted the help of executive chef Ratish Dabre, who has worked under Rahul Akerkar at Indigo.
We started with soups - a delicious and frothy mushroom cappuccino, and pumpkin. The latter was served with some drama, what with the soup being poured over sautéed mushroom and spinach. There's also a hearty French onion soup on the menu, which comes with a generous serving of gruyere cheese on top that we recommend you try. And while we waited for the rest of our food to arrive, we nibbled on bread dipped in a delicious lemony Morgenster olive oil (they serve extra virgin too, if lemon isn't your cup of tea).
Next we tried the goat cheese on caramelized apple (it's served with slightly too sweet candied walnuts and aragula), a light and summery American quinoa tabouli salad and a ravioli stuffed with edamame beans and gruyere, which might not be as melt-in-your mouth as those served at another city restaurant, but are still very good.
For mains, Dabre recommended we try the potato gnocchi served in citrus herb butter - the distinct orange and lemon flavours were a refreshing change from the straight up aglio olio/sage butter sauces we've been plied with so far. He also recommended the mushroom polenta served with creamy spinach and parmesan. It's rich, so don't count the calories.
The Panna Cotta
To wrap things up, we had the Vanilla Panna Cotta, The Pier's signature dessert, which is light and just sweet enough, and is served with a chilled berry soup.
All in all, The Pier serves up great European fair and is definitely worth another visit.
A meal for two costs approximately Rs 2000 without alcohol. The Pier, 41/42 Minoo Desai Marg, Behind Radio Club, Colaba, Mumbai.