Irasshaimase! Welcome to Kofuku!
I am still dreaming and re-living in my mind all the amazing food I ate when I was at this fantastic Japanese restaurant Kofuku- in Bandra, Mumbai! The place boasts of authentic Japanese food and believe me, it was originally delectable, far more interesting than all the Japanese food I have eaten else where in the world across continents. And am talking about Australia and Europe!
RinChen AngChuk take a bow! You have brought authentic Japanese freshness and taste to Mumbai! I can add that the knife work is impeccably strong and well mastered, it is what I usually look out for whenever I visit Japanese offerings, and you get full points for training your chefs on that! Diverse in design, aesthetic style, clarity in presentation was my first impression and I dedicated full points to the knife work! Qudos! Subarashii!
Japanese food is not all Sushi! It is here that you get a detailed tour of the endless list of gourmet specialties that Japanese food styles can offer. No matter where I try Japanese food in the world, I always enjoy the slices of paper thin fish filets with a dab of wasabi and whole sliced ginger. Kofuku did not disappoint.
The fish plated was fantastically fresh, artistically layered to give you satisfaction with every bite. Can you picture the salmon spread on a bed of Japanese short grain rice, nothing short of heaven! With caviar and fish roe bursting in your mouth with each bite. It was my kind of comfort dish, which was incredibly smooth and lightly flavored. I am not too fond of overpowering strong ingredients and Kofuku did me justice with sophisticated light aromatic dishes.Lightly cooked salmon dressing of clarified butter and ponzu sauce garnished with baby spinach chips and salmon roe added sensation to my hunger quotient. Not to forget the grilled chicken toasted with wasabi pepper sauce! Of course you must check out the New Zealand steaks and grilled Australian lamb chops and not just stick to the fish like me.
Now you will know where to go for the best Japanese cuisine in town, right?
I indulged in vegetables of course later which included a mix of raddish, sweet potato, carrots, and lotus root. Everything was fresh and crisp and sort of glazed in a sweet sauce.
My second favourite dish is the Tempura. It was light, crispy and melted in my mouth, simply delicious creating a symphony of the best oriental food tasted in a long long time!
Salute to Executive Chef James Biaka whose expertise in exotic Japanese cuisine is the pride of Kofuku. I did not try the traditional lazakaya style (sitting on Tatami mats) of informal eating and drinking, which I have reserved for the next visit. KOFUKU means happiness and the food gave me a real insight into the respect for creating happy memorable food in the mind not just the palate. I enjoyed my conversation with the creator, which is the journey I usually treasure while eating. Subarashii! Arigato!
Kofuku is located at Mumbai’s most prestigious address, the landmark in the heart of Bandra, Mumbai. Kofuku-6th Floor, Above Shoppers Stop,Suburbia Mall, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai-400052.Tel: 022 66599105/06
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