When Chef Atul Kochhar announced the opening of NRI- Not Really Indian in Mumbai’s BKC, everyone held their breath and waited in anticipation. After all, he is a Michelin-starred Indian chef—and there are so few—who has garnered praise and accolades around the world. People couldn’t wait to experience the unique fare that’s expected out of Chef Kochhar. And he delivered on his promise of “not really Indian” fare. Everything on the menu sounds (and tastes) familiar but each dish has a surprise element. The surprise isn’t limited to either the treatment of the dish, the preparation, the presentation or the ingredients.
Take, for instance, the Dalim Shakarkandhi Chaat. It’s a lot like the local favourite aloo chaat but instead of using the humble potato, the chef uses the oft-ignored sweet potato, roasting it and serving with a generous serving of foamed yogurt and pomegranate. A dish that boasts familiar visual appeal and flavours yet unfolds a surprise. The Pind Da Hummus is another clever riff—instead of chickpeas, black channa is used to create a hummus, served with falafel fritters. It’s a delicious dish that brings back childhood memories of ashtami at home.
There are also favourites from Chef Kochhar’s acclaimed Benaras Restaurant & Bar, like the Chicken Tikka Pie, an item that’s so popular it often sells out, as well as “NRI signature curries” borrowed from Sri Lanka, the Caribbean and Africa, including the South African delight—the Bunny Chow, a spicy Durban curry served in a hollow loaf of bread. If you’re still missing an out-and-out Indian dish, order the Butter Chicken from the “Indian waale” section. Bon appetit!
How to Get There:
NRI – Not Really Indian
Where: 2 North Avenue, Maker Maxity, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Contact: 022 30151345
Timings: All Days 8 AM to 10:30 AM, 12 Noon to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹2,000 for two people