Review: Serafina In Palladium

After establishing outlets in multiple locations across the world, Serafina opened its doors last week in Mumbai. The location (the 3rd floor in Palladium Mall) does not scream fine dining but given the price point, it easily stands tall with other fine dine restaurants in the city.

The look of the restaurant is identical to the other outlets across the world; the yellow awning with the blue sign, wooden chair and the wood fired pizza oven. So if you’ve visited one of their outposts, you’ll probably get the same vibe.

  

For a Tuesday evening the restaurant was quite full. However given that we had a reservation, they escorted us to our table immediately.  The waiters brought out the menus, which were similar to the ones I had seen at their New York location. The names of most of the dishes served in New York make an appearance here. However, I was surprised to see the price range. The pizza Tartufi Nero was upwards of Rs. 1,500 (yes, truffle oil is expensive) and so was the Champagne Risotto and the Raviloi Tartufo. Apart from these, the other pizzas and pastas were in the Rs. 500 to Rs. 800 range.

With the appetizers came the warm Goat Cheese Salad and the Buffalo Mozzarelo Caprese. The salad was delicious and deserves a special mention with all flavours spot on. However the Minestrone Soup was a complete let down and my friend thought it tasted like dal with no hint whatsoever of a Minestrone soup in it. The Pizza Margherita and the Pizza Tartufo Nero were both delicious. Although Rs. 1,500 is steep for a pizza, I would say that it was worth it for someone who loves truffle oil. As Indians, we all love bread at an Italian restaurant; however Serafina doesn’t offer complimentary bread. If you want a portion, be ready to shell out some more money.

  

The service started to lag with the mains and when the dishes finally came out, 2 of them were ice cold and had to be sent back. However, these can be attributed to any restaurant in the teething stage and I am positive that in a few weeks, the issues would be resolved. The Pasta Pomodoro was a hit and we ordered a repeat. The pasta was cooked just right (al-dente) and the flavours were great. The Ravioli with spinach was delicious and so was the Mushroom Risotto. The Gnocchi di Mama was disappointing, overcooked and flavourless.

The highlight of the meal was the Tiramisu, which the waiter insisted we try. And we weren’t disappointed. It was creamy and had the right proportions of rum, coffee, cream and ladyfingers. It’s probably the best in the city and Serafina is worth a trip just to try this dessert.

A meal for two without alcohol costs approximately 4,000.

Address: Level 3, Palladium, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 40013

This review was conducted anonymously.

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