The next series of dishes that came to the table were titled Snacks and were accompanied with Kumala Chardonnay from South Africa 2014.
This heralded the end of the snacks. The next course was served with the Cosecha Tarapaca, Merlot, Chilean wine. Got to hand it to the sommelier, she does a top notch job.
The highlight of the meal, for me personally is the (though by the end of the meal I will have mentioned "highlight of the meal" a few times more. This Mushroom chai is a tribute to the chai that is so widely enjoyed across the country. A variety of mushrooms are dehydrated and placed in a chai cup. Over this is added a generous spoonful or two of truffle powder (representative of dairy). And then is poured a mushroom consomme. It is all stirred gently together and then you sip on it. It is the stuff that late night cravings are made of... or as the case may be... anytime cravings.
Masala Library was truly an experience and one that does not break the bank at all. This 19 course degustation / Chef's Tasting menu was priced at Rs 2500++ per person. You can upgrade to a six wine paired menu for an additional Rs 2300++, which is seriously a fantastic idea.
The experience is truly representative of the diversity that India has to offer. All of it served up on a plate that may look extremely modern, but which does not take away from original flavours. In fact, in a recent interaction with Chef Atul Kochhar who was visiting Bangalore for a pop-up of his restaurants, he mentioned to me that Masala Library has elevated Indian food and presented it for what it really is - toning down on the excessive use of technique and letting the core ingredient do all the talking. I definitely agree with him. Karan mentioned that the menu was going to undergo a revamp soon and the degustation menu would feature all things new... another visit on the cards for me? Hell Yeah!
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