Since its opening in 2011, Mumbai’s The Table has remained one of the city’s most popular restaurants as well as one of the most difficult to get into. Sitting practically in the shadow of the landmark Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in the Kolaba neighborhood, the two-story stone and wood space is buzzing with locals and in-the-know travelers every day and night of the week. Serving lunch, brunch, tea, and dinner, The Table and its American-born chef, Alex Sanchez, have garnered many awards over the years, including Time Out’s “Best Restaurant in India (Critics Choice)” in 2014 and “Best Chef in India” in 2011. The main floor bar area is dominated by a 26-foot teak table, while the upstairs dining loft features dark wood and plush seating.
On a recent visit there we devoured an army of small plates whose global influences include Italian, French, pan-Asian, and Latin American, with nary an Indian dish in sight. Among the best were Roasted Broccoli Tacos, Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup, Sweet and Sour Fried Brussels Sprouts, Spicy Salmon Tartare with Pine Nuts and Jalapeño, Vietnamese Pork Ribs, and cube-like Boneless Chicken Wings.
After the crowds subsided we had an opportunity to sit down with Chef Sanchez, a Culinary Institute of America graduate who has worked at Michelin-starred venues such as Manresa and the French Laundry, over a bottle of Indian-made Chandon sparkling wine.