New Japanese Restaurant Aoi To Open In Bandra
Sushi fans who carp about Mumbai not having enough Japanese restaurants will be pleased to know that Aoi (pronounced as aawee) an all-day Japanese café is slated to open in Bandra, on Monday, January 28.
Aoi (which is the Japanese word for a blue-green shade of colour) is a new property from Sid Hospitality, the company that owns Lemon Grass in Bandra and Soy Street in Vashi. Mitesh Rangras, the company’s director, said that the success of Kofuku provided the final impetus for Aoi, which he had been planning for several years. However, Aoi has none of the traditional Japanese decorative flourishes of Kofuku but instead, walls that have been hand-painted with Manga-inspired drawings, a pretty installation of bird-shaped origami lights (see image) that hangs from the ceiling, and a collection of books on Haiku and Manga comics.
Rangras calls their food “experimental Japanese”, a euphemism for decidedly inauthentic innovations such as the nigiri sushi with shiitake mushrooms and goat’s cheese; batter fried sushi stuffed with grilled squash and gherkins; and tom yum-flavoured ramen. Other dishes include the white miso ramen bouillabaisse; salmon tartare with wasabi mayonnaise and mirin-pickled radish; and steak dressed in a bulgogi marinade with steak fries made of rice.
The 700 square feet restaurant, 30-cover will offer home delivery two weeks after it opens, and Bandraites can look forward to ordering bento boxes that come with flavoured rice, a small portion of sushi, stir-fried greens and Japanese condiments. The best part? Eating here won’t be budget-busting, with sushi starting at Rs300 and bento boxes priced at Rs450.