Masala Library, Farzi Café and Pa Pa Ya—if these three restaurants have a common thread, it is their experimental cooking, synonymous with contemporising and re-inventing flavours with various culinary techniques. All this to make sure that a guest leaves after having a rare gastronome experience. So when Pa Pa Ya launched in Colaba, we couldn’t wait to get a preview. Safe to say, we will visit the new SoBo branch again and here’s why:
- Edgy décor: The dimly-lit contemporary interiors has maroon walls with white and gold paneling work, and funky lamp shades in the form of 3D hexagon-like atoms. The restaurant also has two slick black bars—one for each floor.
- Delicious food: If you are expecting traditional oriental Asian fare, then you couldn’t be more wrong. The Asian cousin of Masala Library, Pa Pa Ya boasts of exciting fusion Asian fare. All the samplers that were served last night were well seasoned and scrumptious with the right balance of flavour. A special shout out to the Maki rolls and Sushi (vegetarian options) served with fresh soya sauce, ginger and wasabi. Other noteworthy dishes were the succulent pork belly skewers, the delicate scallop ravioli and the vegetarian dumplings with pesto sauce. The hand-rolled rice buns filled with fine-seared salmon and pickled veggies in cream cheese, and the sushi pizza slices made on extremely thin rice crackers with a salmon carpaccio base and toppings like edamame and sun-dried tomatoes deserve a mention. So does the crispy lotus stem chips that were slathered with a sticky and sweet honey-chilli sauce. All the dishes were plated well with edibles flowers and looked nothing short of a piece of art.
- Ingenious cocktails: While there is definitely molecular mixology at work, the interplay of flavours is original. We especially enjoyed the Jin Gin (Ginger and gin) and Japanese Summer (Wasabi and Vodka). There’s also the traditional Japanese Sake if you aren’t in the mood for some mixing.
- Foot-tapping music: When you think fine-dine, you definitely don’t think EDM in the same tangent. Here’s where Pa Pa Ya pleasantly surprises you with a DJ playing thumping dance music akin to nightclubs and festivals.
Plush location: Pa Pa Ya managed to land themselves in a pretty sweet spot, right next to Colaba Social, and opposite Starbucks that’s housed in the regal Taj Mahal Palace.
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