When each morsel is a forkful of inspiration and a medley of complex flavours that pop in your mouth like crazy, then you ought to put down that fork for a second, turn your head towards the restaurant’s kitchen and wait for the kitchen diva! And then she appears in front of you. A figure of simplicity braided neatly in culinary brilliance. There is magic in her hands, indeed. But you will believe in the extent only when you come to Seefah in Hill Road Bandra. Needless to say, the diva and the restaurant share the same name for a reason. And to find out the reason, you must try Seefah’s food.
We met Chef Seefah Ketchaiyo and her husband Chef Karan Bane in a Mumbai-based home-chef event almost a year ago. Since then, we were contemplating to visit the restaurant Seefah. Karan Bane is a Japanese chef and a wonderful host. He left no stone unturned to ensure that we get the perfect seating arrangement, the perfect lighting and the perfect cosy corner for the family.
Seefah exists in the same location where once “The Blue” existed. Seefah is the larger version with an open terrace as well. The décor is minimal, but the wall with Japanese Sakura cherry blossom is what sets spring instantly to the simple, yet cosy ambience. While Chef Karan is a master of Japanese cuisine, Chef Seefah aces in Thai. Hence, in Seefah, expect everything Japanese and Thai at their very best.
We had a wonderful time eating the Sake (Salmon) and Maguro (Tuna) Sashimis that were so fresh and tasty! Chef Seefah informed us that the fish for Sushi and Sashimi come from Japan. If you are a fan of Sushi and Sashimi, then Friday is the best day to visit Seefah, as the fish is the freshest on that day.
The Chicken Wontons in Spicy Chilli Oil will set your tastebuds on fire. But you will love this addictive dish. Succulent chicken mince delicately covered in wonton skin with a generous dressing of chilli oil can never go wrong. This dish will take you to the streets of Thailand where local food vendors churn out such spicy and delicious wontons every day. This dish is simply one of the best Appetizers in Seefah.
We then tried the Spicy Prawn and Lemongrass Salad, which was outstanding. Lemongrass was muddled with onion and a few other ingredients to create an amazing profile of sweet, sour and spicy flavours that suited our palate just right. The prawns were plump and juicy. The salad dressing complemented the prawns perfectly. The vegetarian salads in the menu looked equally inviting!
We sipped on the Butterfly Pea Juice and Roselle Juice, but found them to be way too sweet, especially the Roselle Juice. Later, we also tried the Thai Cold Coffee and quite liked it!
The Crispy Seabass in Spicy Pineapple Sauce is also full of Thai flavours, with a sour and spicy Pineapple relish. It was a great hit with all of us. The seabass had a crackling skin from outside, whereas the fish was soft from inside.
The soul-satisfying Thai Green Curry with Prawns with Jasmine Rice is a must for seafood lovers. The green curry had loads of flavour and a generous amount of vegetables, along with the prawns.
The Wok-Fried Tenderloin in Oyster Sauce is another wonderful Thai dish at Seefah. We loved it with Jasmine Rice! The meat absorbed the flavour of the sauce well.
We skipped the dessert as we were content with all the dishes that we had. The food at Seefah is fresh and has a lot of character in it. And yes, there are enough options for vegetarians, too! The restaurant itself is a cosy, peaceful place to unwind in the city that is always busy. I just wished more interesting drinks to accompany such good Thai and Japanese food. Seefah is definitely going to stay in our list of favourites.