There are few things as important for a trueblue meat lover than well-treated strips of bacon. The meat gets its covetable status and envy-evoking fan following thanks to its unique flavour and versatility. You can pan-sear it to go with your omlette brekkie, opt for the pan-fried version with the chicken burger lunch, or smoke it during your culinary experiments and toss it in your caesar salad dinner. What’s more, with the boost in inventive cooking in restaurants and cafés in Mumbai, bacon is now taking form as pies, pancakes and even, as cocktails, jams and ice-cream! If you’re wondering where you may get a taste of such innovative dishes in Mumbai, read on for here’s the what, why and where—basically, everything you need to know.
1. Maple Bacon
Why: This Dutch pork belly-meat is house-cured for 24 hours, slow-braised, smoked and topped with maple-infused braising syrup. We are salivating already.
Where: Ellipsis, Amarchand Mansion, 16 Madame Cama Road, Colaba, Mumbai | Contact: 022 66213333
2. Smoked Bacon Pancakes
Why: Breakfast just got cooler with this pancake prep, served with a side of maple syrup or honey and whipped butter. Breakfast of champions, anyone?
Where: Salt Water Café, Reclamation, Bandra West – 022 26434441 | Churchgate – 022 30038033
3. Bacon and Parmesan wrapped dates with Mustard Crème Fraiche
Why: That descriptor…innovative, exciting… Need I say more?
Where: Terttulia, Ground Floor, Hotel Parkway, Off Cadell Road, Shivaji Park, Dadar, Shivaji Park, Mumbai | Contact: 022 60020202
4. Bacon Cake
Why: Mumbai-based photographer Roycin D’Souza whips up a super bacon cake—a kilo of pork mince, bacon, sausages, fried ham, dollops of cheese and parsley. Then, topped with some more bacon.
Where: Roycin D’Souza | Contact: 099670 07666
5. Bacon and Olive Oil Ice Cream
Why: Chunky bacon strips in a sumptuous hand-churned ice cream—the richess aside, we can’t let the hardwork go to waist waste. Psst: This is a special request item, so ask the chef nicely.
Where: Mezzo Mezzo, JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai | Contact: 022 66933220