Called up The Table, Colaba on a Thursday for Saturday nights dinner reservation, it was confirmed on the phone. Suddenly on Saturday afternoon I get a call from the restaurant cancelling my reservation for no rhyme or reason. Out of the blue, I get another call on Saturday evening reinstating my name in the guests list. I swallowed my pride and decided to give The Table, Colaba a try. I have visited thousands of restaurants over the years, and have never received such kingly treatment from any establishment, simply disgusting.
The presence of other restaurants on the approach road to The Table created quite a traffic jam, as a result of which the valet took a little while to park my car. As I got out of my car, the beautifully lit off-white façade of the restaurant welcomed me in. A large transparent door at the entrance with a gigantic wrought iron door knob surely pleased me. White, grey and wood colours used in the interiors oozed a definite classy feel. Wooden staircase leading to the upper deck is a very nice touch.
Fortunately, my reservation for dinner was in force, the manager swiftly guided me to my table. My allotted table was a rocking affair and needed stabilization. Lovely white cutlery graced the table top. The waiter speedily handed me menu cards, mainly divided into small and large plates signifying starters and main course. The limited options on the menu took me by surprise, but I was impressed with The Table logo, really elegant.
First, was served some bread, strictly average and run of the mill. I felt directly transferred from a fine dining experience to a roadside Irani Café. The served bread has to and surely can be better. For drinks ordered a Lemon Iced Tea, was simply bad but not very bad, as I can safely say I have had worse iced tea preparations; the more than necessary use of lemon just overpowered the subtle tea, a little more lemon would have transformed this ice tea into nimbu pani or lemonade. From the small plate section of the menu ordered Steamed Buns with Hoisin Pork Ribs filling; the buns were brilliant, soft, rightly moist, fluffy and light; hoisin sauce cooked bbq ribs tender and juicy, the use of sauce was correct; topped off with wonderful pickled cucumber and a few leaves of coriander; on the whole a great appetizer. From the large plate section of the menu ordered Seared Rawas, in short pan seared kingfish, fillet of fish was very fresh but was seared for too long on the pan, which in turn gave the fish a more than desired heavy crust, more seasoning needed too; accompanying pesto superb so were the garlic shavings topping the fish fillet; presentation of this dish was top drawer but lacked much flavor or taste. Finished off the meal with Fig Almond Tart topped with Cinnamon Ice Cream, Nice 5 inch round brown coloured tart baked to perfection with lines of fig preserve on top; wholesome almonds used in the dessert made this tart a little too full bodied, the tart should have been light on the poor customers stomach; plus miniscule use of figs too; by the time this dessert was served on my table the topping of cinnamon ice cream was too soft and melted faster than expected; on the whole a decent end to my meal, could have been better though.
My allotted waiter took a long time to get my cheque. I thought for a moment, The Table was offering me a free meal, I am not so lucky after all. Steamed Buns Rs. 445, Lemon Iced Tea Rs. 110, Fig Almond Tart Rs. 350, Seared Rawas Rs. 650. Priced on the expensive side for sure.
In the end. The ambience, setting, mood of The Table, Colaba is stupendous. Service was attentive and efficient, although they took a while to get the cheque. Managers reservation fiasco was a sure put-off for me. Food is a little off the mark, neighbouring Indigo Delicatessen is much much better, but The Table is a new restaurant and I am sure they will get better, I hope.