There’s another reason to visit newly opened The Sassy Spoon, which has nothing to do with their delectable open faced sandwiches. It’s the eclectic design, the green cover, the lovely interiors, and the soothing ambiance that will keep conversations flowing even when the wine runs out. Featuring a casual, come-as-you-are interior, furnished largely with objects sourced from all over the world, The Sassy Spoon is an ode to a world of intriguing and unusual finds. Nivedita Jayaram Pawar visits this charming new hotspot
The Sassy Spoon at the landmark Express Towers, Nariman Point in Mumbai, is a restaurant and bar which is layered, plush, and richly detailed. A hot pink bicycle at the entrance signals the onset of fun times at the pink and blue restaurant, which offers a plant filled outdoor seating, as well as the very elegant interiors. The unusually high ceiling, rustic walls, orb chandeliers and sheer white curtains have all the trappings of a European boutique style bistro, which transport you back to an era where people actually paused, soaked and retained.
Spread across 1,665 sq.ft. (915 dining space, 750 kitchen area), the restaurant owes its soothing, yet sensational interiors to Shabnam Gupta at design firm The Orange Lane, and to Rachel Goenka, Co-founder and Chef at The Sassy Spoon.
“The two biggest challenges for the design team at The Orange Lane were to break free from the corporate building which houses The Sassy Spoon,” says Goenka. “We wanted the design to be able to mentally and physically cordon off visitors from the commercial Express Towers building and transport them to the ambience created by us.”
Adds Gupta, “Another challenge was the white lighting which filtered in from the Towers and took away the mood created by the soothing, ambient lights of Sassy Spoon. By using dense foliage, vertical gardens and soft sheer blinds, we were able to create an illusion of a cozy, welcoming place.”
Old world tiles, hardwood furniture, and a sepia tone contrasted by lively hot pinks and blues in the furnishings, characterise the interiors. The piece de resistance is the installation of an entire wall lined with vintage suitcases that tell tales of splendid travels, and bring back nostalgic memories of distant lands. The soft yellow light from the overhanging lamps adds to the distressed, vintage feel of the place.
The seating is relaxed, with the most sought after spot being the corner seating by the large floor-to-ceiling windows. The al fresco seating area with its fairy lights is as enchanting in the evenings.
The menu put together by Chef Irfan Pabaney and Rachel Goenka is an unusual combination of flavours and twists in traditional dishes. Pabaney comes with years of experience at Indigo, Yauatcha and Hakkasan, which complements Goenka’s rigorous training at Le Cordon Bleu. The soups sandwiches and salads served at lunch time give way to an elaborate dinner with choices of mulgapudi-crusted scallops with ‘thoom’ (Sindhi word for garlic); Goa mussels cooked in stout cream and celery; ravioli of grilled chorizo with sweet corn pesto, etc. The buckwheat pappardelle with pungent grilled radish and palm hearts coated in sumac-spiked cream sauce is the star here. The Manali trout topped with crunchy crumbed hazelnut and mulberries could be reasons for repeat visits, as also the roasted red grapes with homemade beer ricotta sandwich.
Goenka informs that more Sassy Spoons will open in Mumbai very soon, starting with Bandra.