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A new culinary event allows diners to sample a large variety of food at a fraction of the cost.

Whoever said culinary innovation is dead in India has not met Mangal Dalal and Nachiket Shetye, the duo behind Cellar Door Hospitality. They’ve given Mumbai a host of culinary events: Restaurant Week, Chef’s Table Week and the charity dinner, Food with Benefits.

Now, they’ve added the inaugural edition of Small Plates Week (it’s actually 10 days), which will run from June 17 to 26.

For Rs. 1,000 (plus taxes and service charge) per diner, customers can sample at least six small plates (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) and follow that up with four desserts. The icing on the cake is you can reorder servings of any particular small plate you enjoyed.

The special menu will be available for both lunch and dinner at 15 participating restaurants. Cellar Door plans to add a city with every new edition of the bi-annual event. Dalal says the company’s offerings have become a way for people to discover restaurants in the city and the new initiative is just another way to achieve that.

While Restaurant Week focuses on fine dining options and Chef’s Table week offers a more personalised experience, Small Plates Week is a way to showcase casual dining options in the city of which there has definitely been a growth.

Dalal says the inspiration for the event was Sunday brunch, or the dim sum lunches that have soared in popularity. The highlight of both features is a wide range of dishes for a set price.

The thinking behind Small Plates Week was to refine the experience and make eateries raise the bar by cooking dishes to order instead of being part of a buffet as is often the case. Shetye says, “If your ideal dinner conversation involves talking to your friends about your food, then shared plates are perfect. Small Plates Week allows diners to taste a variety of different dishes and then ask for more of the ones they liked.”

When it to comes to expansion plans, the duo is planning to make New Delhi the next port of call for the property with the second edition of Small Plates Week, which will be sometime in October.

Till then, take advantage of the inaugural edition in the city and catch up with friends over a variety of food.

The 15 participating restaurants are 29, Kemps Corner’s vegetarian regional Indian restaurant; AKA in Worli; Aqaba, the Middle Eastern lounge; Andheri’s Boveda Bistro; Burma Burma, the vegetarian restaurant at Fort; Colaba’s Café Basilico; Lower Parel’s Café Zoe; Chemistry 101, the molecular eatery at Kamala Mills; Bandra’s Monkey Bar; Mia Cucina in Powai; The Trikaya in Andheri West; and SodaBottleOpenerWala in BKC; Hill Road’s Mamagoto; Bandra’s Fatty Bao from Manu Chandra; and Eat Thai in Pali Hill.

Bookings for Small Plates Week are open.

The author is a freelance writer

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