A handful of culinary craftsmen are whipping up meticulously prepared foods, in small batches. Here’s where you can get a taste of artisan cooking in Mumbai.
By Kiran Mehta
The soothing scent of warm milk and honey fills the air, in the cosy room no bigger than an average Mumbai office-cubicle. In a corner, a mixture of eggyolk, castor sugar, and milk begins to simmer. Alyssa Chesson moves the wooden ladle through it and the mixture slowly drips off the back of the spoon.
She then pours it over the grated blue cheese. Next come dollops of sinful cream and a spoonful of dark and delicious honey—all of these together create the Blue Cheese Honey ice cream. Apart from the exotic flavours, what’s intriguing is that there’s no assembly line at Bono Boutique Ice Cream, just a pair of expert hands— the Chesson sisters. And that’s artisanal foods for you.
While ‘artisanal’ in the realm of food is a word that has been thrown around a fair bit, we’d like to think of it as food that’s handcrafted by an expert or someone with a passion for that particular cuisine. Naturally, it’s made in small batches. And the makers are almost always picky about where they source their products from. In a modern world, where the relationship between the producer and the user is almost non-existent, artisanal cooking brings that luxury back. And it’s not limited to ice creams—you can enjoy handcrafted sweets, and carefully curated meals at many places in Mumbai.