Food Review: New Menu at Cheval in Kala Ghoda
After a hectic work week, some relaxed weekend lunching was in order. Last year saw a spate of new restaurants and cafes opening in South Mumbai, but since then the food scene has been relatively quiet. We’re always happy when our local spots continue to reinvent, and after hearing about the new menu at Cheval, we decided to give it a shot.
We seated ourselves in the room at the back, with daylight streaming in through the big windows.
Finally, the rains have arrived, and so has the craving for a piping hot soup. My colleague tried the Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Truffle Oil and Chives. I watched him as he slurped it up, claiming it had the perfect flavour and a good mix of spices. The bread that was served with it was fresh and melted in his mouth.
For starters, we got the Open Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Ravioli and seared Cottage Cheese Batons. The cottage cheese with the mustard, honey and chilli drizzle, which is one of the highlights of the new menu, was delicious, as was the beetroot and goat’s cheese ravioli. I was more partial to the ravioli as it was so light. We also ordered the Manchego (oven dried tomato and jalapeno tostadas). If you’re in the mood for some Mexican flavours, we’d recommend you try this one.
Next we ordered the Poached Pear Salad with Hazelnuts and Gorgonzola Cheese. Sweet and nutty, this salad is a bit heavy so order only if you plan for this to be the centre of your lunch or are sharing it.
Poached Pear Salad (Left) and Manchego (Right)
For mains, we decided to get the Roasted Pumpkin Crepe and Mixed Vegetable Gratin, both new additions to the menu. The Pumpkin Crepe was wiped off our plates in a matter of minutes. We spoke with Chef Brian and he revealed the secret to the yummy pesto sauce—the mixing of sage and walnut. The Vegetable Gratin in a Romanesco sauce was delicious and filling as well.
And finally, dessert time! We were pretty stuffed by now, but who can resist Chocolate Fondant with Salted Caramel Ice Cream. This is not a new addition, but an old-time favourite.
From the efficient service to the impeccable presentation, the freshness of the ingredients and the innovativeness of the dishes, especially considering the options for vegetarians, we were overall delighted with our experience.
A meal for two would cost between Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 (excluding drinks). We’re definitely going back for more.