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Mexican to Asian, Tasteation brings global favourites to vegetarians in the city

TASTATION9It’s not every day that vegetarians get much more than idlis, dosas and North Indian staples as dine-out options—barring good hotels, that is. Nudging aside the commonplace is Kilpauk’s new restaurant, Tasteation. Bringing global flavours and favourites, this 46-cover is the brainchild of three friends: Samir Nanavati, Pranav Lilani and Pinky Bokadia. “Initially, we wanted to start a bakery, but Pinky convinced us to get more experimental,” laughs Nanavati, the man behind the Crumbs & Cakes chain and the erstwhile Mocha coffee chain.
Spread over two floors—with functional yet colourful furniture and walls sporting black-and-white sketches of street food scenes—Tasteation is charming and cosy. But the menu is what gets our undivided attention. Featuring over a 100 dishes, divided into soups, starters, salads, mains and desserts—across cuisines ranging from Mexican to Asian—we don’t know where to start. So we leave it to Bokadia, who supervises the international kitchen.
TASTATION6We begin with a watermelon and feta salad that is light and refreshing, balancing both sweet and tart. This is quickly followed by a spicy Mongolian stir fry that has us asking for seconds. “Our Burmese khow suey is a hot favourite, too,” says Bokadia. We like the fact that they’ve given their own twist to food—like the Indie Fondue (an addictive cheesy surprise, inspired by pav bhaji) and the kiwi and pineapple chimmach (a take on the gola that’s a great way to end a meal). “We will be tweaking the menu soon, adding more dishes — including South Indian favourites (they already have an extensive Punjabi selection) — and also kick-off home delivery,” Lilani signs off.Meal for two at Rs.450. Details: 43504599
—Surya Praphulla Kumar
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