Ellipsis is one of South Bombay’s trendiest restaurants. It’s the place where the ‘who’s who’ of Bombay go to see/eat and be seen. It has featured at the top of my ‘Places to Eat At’ list, but I never quite made the trip until this past April, when in celebration of their third anniversary, they launched a week-long discount. In spite of being quite broke at the time (and let’s not kid ourselves, Ellipsis isn’t cheap eats), I figured I’d just take the plunge and make it over there for a meal.
Like most top quality restaurants, Ellipsis keeps a fresh menu – i.e. the menu changes depending on what’s available locally, using only the freshest seasonal produce. Executive Chef Kelvin Cheung is much more than just the ‘face of Ellipsis’ – he’s kind of a mad genius, producing some of the most insanely delightful and exciting food I’ve only ever dreamed of indulging in. Don’t discount Ellipsis for its Modern-American fare and famously popular Sunday Brunches – it’s well thought-out food. Mezzanine seating, plus a quirky mix of modern and vintage-style furniture and art keep it in sync with the cuisine. I’m told the ambience is quite different at night, buzzing with people and an almost seductive air – something I’m yet to see for myself.
Dining with with my friend Roxanne (The Tiny Taster) for lunch, we decided to keep it (relatively) simple and stick to only the savouries. I’m a huge taco fan, and some of the best tacos I’ve ever had were in Toronto, so I picked the Cajun Spiced Grilled Prawn Tacos to start with. I was not expecting to see such massive prawns so generously piled onto each soft shell taco! Man, those prawns were tasty. I couldn’t find fault with the dish at all, except that the prawns were so large, we had to eat a couple of them inpidually (and who can complain about that?)! All that was missing was a couple of tequila shots.
I was more than pleased – hell, I was THRILLED TO BITS – to find out that a dish I’d seen earlier on Chef Kel’s Instagram was also available that day. Fried Chicken with Sriracha Sauce and Maple-Bacon Waffles. I could literally not contain myself when this dish was brought to our table, and could only muster a few delirious-sounding ‘OHMYGOD’s. This dish REALLY did it for me – I’ve never ever had SUCH moist, juicy fried chicken. The batter was a dream, not greasy or oily but absolutely crispy, spiced and gorgeous, encasing the chicken without drying it out. The Sriracha balanced out the savoury-sweet maple and bacon with a garlicky, spicy kick. The waffles of course, were superb. THIS is the food I drool over on Instagram all day. Unhealthy, sure, but GAH-DAMN DELICIOUS. Sorry, not sorry!
Last but certainly not least, we decided on a Lobster Fried Rice with Sriracha, Kimchi and Bacon. Again, stellar combination. Meaty chunks of fresh lobster with the sour-sweet-spicy Sriracha and Kimchi bits, plus BACON was all I needed to round off this meal. I couldn’t have made room for dessert if I’d tried!
All the serving portions were larger than I expected – three tacos to a plate, whole chicken breast pieces, and a huge bowl of the fried rice. I even ended up having to take home half of the latter two dishes! For this much food, plus top-quality ingredients, I found the meal to be worth its price. We left the beautiful Amarchand Mansion with slightly tighter pants and lighter wallets, vowing to come back and conquer more of Chef Kel’s crazy good dishes.