A tatami is a type of mat used as flooring material in traditional Japanese styled rooms, or if you live in Bombay, it is the newest Japanese restaurant in town! Tatami is located in Bandra in the exact location where Kofuku once stood. Everything about the restaurant is same but the name; the exact decor, the menu (well atleast most of it) and even the way the food tasted.
Kofuku has now shifted it’s base to another part of Bandra and in it’s place now stands Tatami – Japanese Kitchen & Sake Bar. Now I am a big Kofuku fan, I love their fare, so when Tatami took it’s place (location-wise, Kofuku has just shifted to another par tof Bandra) I really hoped it would atleast match the food at Kofuku if not better. Well now that I have tried out a few dishes from their menu, I can safely state that the food tastes exactly the same as it did when this place was called Kofuku. Quite possible that along with the decor, they have retained the chefs and the staff as well!
While I did not try any of the sushi at Tatami this time, I did try a couple of starters, a main dish with rice and an extravagant dessert, all of which was accompanied by a carafe of a mild sweet Sake.
First up was the Ginger Pork – A dish made up of thinly sliced pork belly flavoured with ginger and onions and served with a side of salad. It was absolutely fantastic, the juices from the meat were soaked in by the onions as well and that perfect dash of ginger made this a delightful dish, so much so that I almost ordered another plate of it. I would definitely recommend his dish as a starter for anyone who is looking for something beyond sushi.
After the Ginger Pork came in the Yaki Tori – a preparation of grilled chicken on Kushi (skewers). This also happened to be the only chicken dish under their appetizers section. While this was quite good and well flavoured with soya sauce, the Ginger Pork had already set a pretty high bar and the Yaki Tori did not meet that. maybe if i had had it in isolation before I had the pork, I probably would have enjoyed it more, but on this occasion I didn’t and I don’t think I would be ordering this dish again. It wasn’t disappointing, but it wasn’t what my taste buds were craving.
For the main course, I ordered a helping of the Balinese Kare and Teppanyaki Fried Rice. The Balinese Kare was a coconut based yellow curry cooked with chicken and the Teppanyaki Fried Rice was basically a fried rice made up of sticky rice and chicken and then sizzled on a hot plate before serving. Both dishes were outstanding.I would definitely have this again. For those who don’t want both these dishes in chicken, it’s available with Pork and Prawns as well.
Honestly by now I was pretty stuffed but i really wanted to have some Mochi ice cream, but imagine my disappointment when I was informed that they don’t have that on their menu! A Japanese restaurant must have Mochi ice cream as a part of their dessert menu, that goes without saying. Fortunately the dessert the staff recommended to me was pretty spectacular otherwise I would have never forgiven them for not having Mochi ice cream. So what I had there for dessert was dark chocolate mousse and berry compote in a crispy white chocolate shell that sat on a small piece of chocolate fudge cake and was topped with some hot chocolate syrup. Not only did it look like art, but tasted heavenly as well! The portion is good enough for two people and you won’t regret ordering this.
While the meal was more than good, I couldn’t help but think that it was still Kofuku, and that for me is a good thing, as it just means that I will definitely be visiting Tatami again!
Location: Kenilworth Building, Linking Road, Bandra-W
Approx cost for 2: Rs.4000 with alcohol