Maximum City’s top fine dine restaurant, Masque, has come up with a new experimental space, Masque Lab Mumbai.
It’s no secret that Masque is one of Mumbai’s most refined fine-dine destinations. After 3.5 years of running it, Aditi Dugar, director and co-owner, and Prateek Sadhu, executive chef and co-owner, are adding to the family by introducing Masque Lab this month.
A chef-forward space, it has opened next to the existing Masque and as the team puts it, is a ‘physical manifestation of a hashtag and a chef’s dream conceived over a year ago’. To those who don’t follow Sadhu on his delicious-looking Instagram, he uses the hashtag for all the kitchen experiments he undertakes. And now, he has a dedicated space to not only conduct these but also share with patrons willing to be adventurous with their dining choices.
The Noma-trained chef is known for his penchant for using seasonal and local Indian produce in his menus—his foraging trips across the country have been much talked about. This continues at Masque Lab, where Sadhu will move away from the regular restaurant grind, and research and play around with ingredients and techniques to come up with creative dishes.
The new space spans 1,250 sq. ft. and has seating for only 12 diners. Its dual function is that of a private dining space and a freestyle kitchen, where you’ll get to try the chef’s creations before they make their way to the Masque menu. Exploring the boundaries of what we typically understand of ingredients, Sadhu will touch upon elements such as ‘How do they age? How do they respond to contrasting flavours? How does one use them nose-to-tail or root-to-stem? Ultimately, how do they help bridge food cultures?’
In March, Masque Lab will release five dates for dining via their social media, unlike usual restaurants that are open every day. The dinners won’t be confined to any cuisine or existing ideas about food, and the diners will be seated around the kitchen, thereby getting visual access to the ongoing experiments.
It’s India’s first purely chef-forward restaurant, and we can’t wait to see what gets served out of this lab. One thing is certain that Dugar and Sadhu are making Mumbai’s food landscape come of age like never before.
Contact: Make reservations at lab here
Address: Masque Lab, Unit G2, Shree Laxmi Woollen Mills, Shakti Mills Lane, Off, Dr E Moses Rd, Mahalakshmi
All images: Courtesy Masque Lab