Flawless food, impeccable service and perfectly timed between courses makes Wasabi the most sought-after dining spot in Mumbai! Book yourself a table now, and preferably one with a view! By Karishma Sakhrani
You’re instantly transported to another world the moment you step into the larger-than-life, cavernous lobby of The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. And it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve visited before. From this moment on, I’m prompted to let go of myself and I make my way to Wasabi for the all-new omakase experience. Omakase is the Japanese tradition of letting the chef choose your order. The word literally means “I will leave it to you.” Omakase dinners are the best; if you’re anything like me. I’m that girl who tries every ice-cream flavour and still can’t choose one. And so, I feel it’s so much easier and far better to let the chef decide what to feed you. And more so at Wasabi.
Drawing inspiration from the latest trends in Japan witnessed on a recent trip there, Chef Masaki Kobayashi creates a menu that excites with newness but yet manages to maintain a sense of relatability and elegance. The food is flawless, service impeccable and the timing between each of the six courses running with the precision of a bullet train.
This is undoubtedly a pescatarian’s paradise with fresh fish flown in directly from the Tsukiji market in Tokyo every week. The new menu includes the prized nama hon maguro (fresh bluefin tuna). Regarded as the king of tunas, this shrimp fed fish is married perfectly with a black bean sauce. And the winner is perhaps the kobashira, which is a type of clam — a trendy ingredient increasingly getting popular in Japan that finds home here in a spicy tempura maki roll. Each bite explodes with flavour in your mouth and makes you want more.
There’s of course enough for vegetarians too, and the meal can be customised based on diet preferences and restrictions. The freshest, softest tofu comparable to Italian burrata delights as it melts in your mouth and makes me wonder if it’s acceptable to ask for seconds. But, I refrain considering that it was only the first course. You’ll love this even if tofu is your least favourite thing to eat on the planet. The avocado and tempura shishito pepper sushi are crunchy, creamy, robust and everything at once! Accompanied by a bowl of aromatic miso soup, I’m torn between what to have and keep navigating between the two. Although, correct etiquette suggests having a small bowl of warm miso soup after your sushi, as a way to help settle the food. A delicious bottle of the Toscana Sangiovese we began our meal with helped move things along and make the dinner even more delightful.
I ignore saving space for dessert but my form-fitting black dress shows its loyalty by stretching well to accommodate. The desserts wow with the lushest fresh white peaches, mountain peaches and berries from Japan; and smooth homemade ice-creams made with Hokkaido cream — of course! At this point in time, I couldn’t ask for anything more. Except maybe that I come back very soon.