Sofitel Mumbai BKC, the French luxury hotel in Mumbai, has come up with an interesting French Bistro Menu at Artisan. I was a part of the Chef’s Table where a few bloggers were invited to taste the Bistro menu. The Bistro menu, inspired by French Cafes, will serve rustic and authentic French fare for breakfast, lunch and evening tapas. Each day, the Bistro menu, which changes weekly, will be available from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.
At Artisan, get the taste of French-Bistro cuisine through its freshly made Breads, Crêpes, Quiches and many more. If you are in to taste some gourmet French dishes right here in Mumbai, you must check out the new Artisan menu, which has heart-warming dishes, such as the Salad Nicoise, Brie and Rocket Baguette, Duck Confit, Roast Chicken with Salad and Jus and Profiteroles. True to most bistro-style Rotisserie food in France, they have the “Roast of the Day”, too. As an extension to the Bistro menu, Artisan offers traditional French Breakfast preparations such as Croque Monsieur, Egg en Cocotte and Nutella Crêpe.
There are some of the best French Wines on offer, such as Bordeaux, Delas Saint Espirit – Rouge, Cotes-Du-Rhone, Dourthe N°1, William Fevre – Chablis, La Vieille Ferme and AOC Cotes de Ventoux – Rouge. Before kicking off the tasting, we had one of the wonderful and most popular French Aperitifs called the Kir Royale. It is basically a cocktail made with Crème de Cassis and Champagne or Sparkling Wine. A sip of the Kir Royale, warm conversation, good ambience and great live music… we were all set and in mood for a flavoursome French gastronomic experience that was soon going to begin!
The Eight-Course Degustation Menu for the Chef’s Table was very well planned. The portions were neither heavy, nor light: just the right amount to enjoy all the courses without feeling too full. I personally love this factor in a degustation experience because if the portions (and the contents) are not cleverly planned by the chef, by the time you are half-way through, you are already full! I was glad that such a thing did not happen at Artisan. Even after we finished the desserts, we felt light, but happy and satisfied!
The First Course was Gougeres Wild Mushroom Ragout. The Gougeres was light, perfectly crunchy and cheesy. The Ragout was good with earthy, wild mushrooms, but somehow I felt that more boldness in the flavour was needed and was possible, as wild mushrooms were used. However, the Butternut Squash Parfait with Candied Walnut was impeccable. It was smooth, creamy and that candied walnut provided the much-needed texture.
This was a delicious Creamy Seafood Vol au Vent. The dish was presented well, and there were ample salad greens to balance and bring out the freshness in the whole dish. The flaky Vol au Vent and the creamy seafood inside were a perfect marriage, I would say.
The Goat Cheese Tatin with Mesclun Salad was served as a vegetarian option. I tasted a spoonful of it and it did taste awesome! Again, a mixture of greens really balanced the dish very well. The Goat Cheese Tatin was creamy and rich.
The Fish Almandine with Beans and Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce was flavourful. The skin was well-browned and crispy, whereas, the fish was moist and perfectly cooked. The Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce is a clever combo that can never go wrong with seafood. The almonds were nicely toasted and added great amount of texture and nuttiness to the dish. The beans, however, were not “young beans” and were hard to chew. White Wine was paired with the dish.
For the vegetarians, there was Tourte au Camembert (seasonal vegetables and Camembert with White Wine Beurre Blanc).
The Course 4 brought a big smile on my face. The Coq au Vin (Chicken Braised with Wine and Mushrooms, Served with Potato) was absolutely mind-blowing. The chicken was slowly braised with a good-quality red wine. The result was succulent chicken that was perfectly cooked and had loads of flavour! That potato served with the chicken made me happy.
The vegetarian foodies were served Crepe (with Ratatouille and Heirloom Tomato Sauce, Basil). Although I didn’t taste it, I heard that it was good and the Ratatouille was excellent.
As I love eating lamb, I was looking forward to the Jarret D’Agneau, which was served as the fifth course, paired with a glass of French Red Wine. The braised baby lamb with a smooth and buttery Roquefort potato puree was different and creamy. The pulled lamb meat was very tender. Overall, the dish was delicious!
The vegetarian Course 5 was Artichaut (Artichoke) with Pumpkin and Leek Mousse with Sage Cream.
A Cheese Board is always welcome! The Fromage had Roquefort, Comte and Brie cheese with honey-roasted figs. The figs and the cheese were delicious!
The desserts were mind-blowing. We tasted a perfect Crème Brulee with a thin caramel layer that snapped perfectly and the creamy interior that tasted heavenly with the right amount of sweetness. The Chocolate Mousse was sinful and luxurious. It was one of the best Mousses that I tried in a long time: perfectly smooth, light and yet rich!
The Profiteroles were the ultimate show-stopper. The delicious chocolate-cream-filled puffed beauties were served with chocolate discs, which melted beautifully as hot Chocolate Ganache was poured over them. It was a chocolate overdose and beautifully so!
I skipped the Course 8, which was Tea/Coffee and Mignardise (Petit Four). Overall, I was satisfied with the dishes served at the Chef’s Table for us. I can’t wait to go back and try other French delicacies, whenever I crave for French food!
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Address: Artisan, Sofitel Mumbai BKC, C 57, Bandra Kurla Complex, BKC Road, Bandra East, Mumbai.