I have always been mesmerized by the amalgamation of food and science ( Master chef spoilt me). When I came to know that Above sea Level, a restaurant which has been in my bucket list ever since I landed in Chennai 4 years ago has revamped their menu into what Chef Dandge claims,’A progressive Menu’, I was intrigued. Intrigued to see what Progressive menu actually means. Is it going to involve theatre? Is my table going to be full of Dry ice? Well, It’s much more than that.
It was a weekday night. Tired from work, I just wanted good food. My friend and I were graciously welcomed by the F&B team and was escorted to the 14th floor. AH.Who knew that Chennai was so beautiful from an elevation? Mind blown by the ambience, we chose a corner seat, away from the noisy football and cricket screenings.
First came the Smiling Chef Deepak Dandge, then came our never ending exotic starters.
Avocado and Truffle crisp
Yoghurt Papadi ‘molecular’ mint foam
Curd rice with ‘Molecular’ applams and mango pickle foam
The Tambrahm in me acted like a small child when the Chef was explaining this dish. A molecular curd rice? Yes. Mango picke foam? Hell yes!
Rasam Vada, ASL way
A beautifully fried vada infused with the flavours of rasam was THE dish of the night and I gobbled up in no time.
Palak, Cream Cheese Kebab & Chukundar ke kebab
The flavours of Palak and the oozing Cream cheese kebab were so fresh but definitely a bit heavy for a starter. The Chukundar ke kebab with the miniature tawa paratha was a delight and better over the former.
‘Air’ podi idli with Sambar foam
When Chef mentioned this dish to us, we were skeptical. Sambar Foam? We aren’t accustomed to that. But he ensured that it’s going to be a fun roller coaster.We believed him and glad we did.
After having almost all the starters, we were almost full. The strawberry, yoghurt palate cleanser arrived and we were ready for the main course.
Vegetable Risotto, coconut foam
I wanted to go with the ‘fusion’ theme and hence went for this south Indian flavoured Risotto. It tasted like a proper kerala meal. Impressive
DESSERT GASM – Biscuit Cheese cake
I just want to say that I loved everything about this. The cheesy cake, the sauce, the presentation. I am drooling as I type this. So please have it for yourself and be as ecstatic as I am.
*burrrps*. That’s how we ended a fantastic meal. I am so happy that they chose to change their menu because change is always good and when you have an innovative team like this, change is brilliant.
Above sea level, you were vera level!
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