Private members club Straits Clan is continuing with its guest chef programme – this time with one of the hottest tables in India, The Bombay Canteen.
The line-up programme so far has been a mix of international flavours from restaurants around the world: Peruvian plates from Pia Leon (Central); Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn (Le Du) serving up Thai dishes; and Ethel Hoon (Faviken). Meanwhile, local chefs that have taken over include private dining Peranakan chef Annette Tan, and the young chefs behind Magic Square.
Cooking in the kitchens at Straits Clan from Feb 6-8 will be Bombay Canteen’s executive chef, Thomas Zacharias, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America before working at Le Bernardin.
For the upcoming dinner at Straits Clan, Zacharias will be presenting a five-course menu, with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Just like what they offer at the Mumbai restaurant, the food will a contemporary take on the wide variety of cuisine available all through the massive subcontinent – not in foams and gels, but with more accessible ideas like taking green chickpeas – itself a common ingredient in South Asian cooking – and turning it into a hummus, served alongside roasted chickpeas, pickled ivy gourd, roasted gooseberries & toasted almonds.
There’ll also be “Desi tacos” – prepared with theplas, a flatbread with fenugreek leaves, and filled with spicy pulled duck, or Punjabi-style chickpeas for a vegetarian variation.
Other dishes to look out for include a Chettinad prawn aglio olio, prepared in prawn oil with Tamilian spices, tamarind, and ginger – all to be wiped up with a Mumbai staple – a fluffy white bread called pav.
Bombay Canteen is also known for its compelling cocktail programme – one of the founders, Yash Banage, was part of the opening team at Fairmont Singapore’s Antidote bar – and will be offering a gin-based tipple with thyme-citrus vermouth, lime cordial, and blue pea flower syrup called Pinjra.
The Bombay Canteen dining room takeover at Straits Clan is available for dinner Feb 6-8.
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