Review: A Carnivore’s Take On Serafina Mumbai

So much buzz generated around the launch of NYC-based Serafina in Mumbai; second outpost in Asia, signature Northern Italian cuisine, best thin-crust pizzas and the story behind all of this- Assaf and Fabio Granato’s pact made while they were traumatically lost at sea. They survived the ordeal and Serafina was born.

You’ll notice artist Michela Martello’s hand-painted artworks that stand out in this well-lit and cosy restaurant. While we are in favour of the vegetarian dishes plated out by this restaurant, here’s a look at what the carnivores can expect. The two-page liquor menu has ample to choose from; gin, vodka, beer, scotch, rum and an extensive range of wines from South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, India, France, Argentina and USA. The cocktails feature the usual Bloody Mary and Cosmopolitan but we’d suggest you try out their Mojitos. The Ginger and Basil one was sharp and had balanced flavours. And if you would like to stay away from alcohol, like one of us did, give the Twisted Orange Mojito a shot. Sans liquor, this one still seemed a bit twisted with a sweet sour citric taste.

The Lobster Carpaccio and Prosciutto Bufaline that arrived for appetizers on the server’s recommendation turned out to be dishes that you wouldn’t want to miss. The former had chopped baby arugula and corn on a bed of thin slices of delicious lobsters and the prosciutto sourced from Parma, Italy was an excellent combination with the soft and big chunks of buffalo mozzarella. The Serafina Chicken Salad had grilled pieces of chicken breast tossed in pesto dressing with romain and mesclun along with sun dried tomatoes. You’ll find tiny pieces of raisins and pine nuts but don’t let that put you off. The Italian version of the classic Caesar salad or the Di Sofia had several pieces of sliced chicken with romaine lettuce. The cubed rebaked bread (crouton) added a great texture and flavour to the salad.

Their famous handmade pizzas are truly thin-crust, light and crispy. If not for the toppings, try these pizzas for the crust. Although the Di Fabio had great flavours of mozzarella, the spread of tomatoes and the paper thin prosciutto, the meat was not evenly distributed. The menu has a dedicated section for pastas that have numerous options to choose from. Although it’s traditionally made like in Italy, they have options of gluten-free and whole wheat pasta to choose from. The Ravioli “DEGLI INNAMORATI” had heart shaped lobster ravioli that was sweet and succulent. Next came the Jumbo Shrimps with saffron risotto but to our disappointment the sauce was tad salty. From the side dishes you can choose from French Fries, Roasted or mashed potatoes and assorted steamed or grilled vegetables. However, we’d definitely recommend the Baby Lamb Chops from the Fish and Meat section. The lamb chops (sourced from New Zealand) tasted fresh, tender and juicy and were marinated in rosemary and garlic. Red meat lover or not, we think you should definitely give this one a try. It was presented amazingly well with three portions of lamb chops with grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes on the side. We were informed that the famous Tiramisu was unavailable due to the non availability of fresh cream. So we poured over the special dessert menu to try the Torta di Cioccolato. It is one of the best homemade chocolate cakes that you will find in the city. The dessert came with a small piece of cake that was accompanied by a scoop of ice cream placed in a canopy. Warm inside, the moist cake melted in our mouths to cause an explosion of chocolate. Rich and dark, this one was an epicurean delight.

The service is impeccable and deserves a special mention. The servers were well versed with the menu and were on their toes throughout our stay. The prices are steep as the dishes start from Rs. 350-Rs. 400 and go up to Rs. 1,800. But that still didn’t deter the city from pouring in on a Tuesday night. We might just head back to the restaurant only to try out the Tiramisu.

A meal for two would range between Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 3,500.

This is solely a non vegetarian review of the restuarant, Serafina. To read a vegetarian’s take on the restaurant, click here.

Address: Level 3, Palladium, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013

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