Culinary Ride Around India

Culinary Ride Around India

There’s a new Indian on the block. Tapori, down the quiet leafy Sukhumvit 47, promises to take diners on an exciting culinary ride around India with a menu that showcases flavours from across its length and breadth.


Tapori, Hindi slang for ‘wanderer’ or lovable, street-smart rascal, reflects the journeys of the chef patron, who compiles authentic dishes from across India that are largely undiscovered by Indian and global palates. For far too long, Indian restaurants globally have relied heavily on the Mughal-Punjabi-Frontier recipe book, resulting in a clichéd representation of the multi-hued gastronomic heritage of the country. Tapori plans to change that. So expect the unexpected.


Culinary Ride Around India
Undhiyu gets a new makeover at Tapori.


Tapori’s menu, a mosaic of India’s diverse culinary landscape, is the culmination of extensive travels and research inviting diners to explore the lesser-known treasures of India. Handpicked from every region or community, these traditional recipes tell a story on your plate, each a vibrant expression of the country’s complex flavours and spices.


The menu, thoughtfully divided into small and large plates, is designed for communal eating. Diners can order in any combination, creating their own unique experience, much like a family dinner table. There’s no room for typical fare like dal makhani, butter chicken or idli-sambar here; Tapori is designed for adventurers looking to discover an unseen India.


Culinary Ride Around India
The tongue-tingling Kerala Beef Chilli Fry.


The small plates offer dishes such as Kala Chana Ghugni (flattened rice and black chickpeas) from Bihar; Siddu (stuffed dumplings) from Himachal Pradesh; Andhra-style squid, scallop ceviche from Goa; Tabak Maas (lamb chops) from Kashmir; Kheema Ghotala (ground beef in spices) from Mumbai; and Tripura’s pork salad –  Wahan Mosdeng.


For the larger plates, the menu presents a taste of regional favourites like Natukozhi Pulusu, a rustic chicken dish from Telangana, the tangy Masur Tenga (fish curry) of Assam, the famous Kerala Beef Chilli Fry, Lobster Assad from Pondicherry and Jadoh, a pork-rice dish that’s breakfast to the Khasi tribe in country’s Northeast.


Culinary Ride Around India
The walls of Tapori are adorned with images of India.


Tapori doesn’t do ‘lazy’ vegetarian either, with protein swapped out for vegetarian alternatives. Instead, it features traditional vegetarian dishes like the Gujarati mixed root vegetable dish, Undhiyu served with fenugreek and millet flatbread, potato and banana blossom Mochar Chop from West Bengal, Gobhi Musallam (grilled cauliflower) from Uttar Pradesh, and the hearty Rajasthani lentil and millet porridge, Bajra Khichda. And this is just the beginning of the food coma tours diners can design for themselves.


Culinary Ride Around India
Would you like a chai with your Bun-Maska?


Desserts become an alchemist’s playground for Tapori’s pastry chef, such as the Bun-Maska ice cream, a homage to Mumbai’s Irani cafes. These cafes are known for their simple yet iconic bun maska, a buttered bun enjoyed with tea. This ice cream reimagines that experience, offering a delightful mix of creamy sweetness and buttery richness in every bite.


Culinary Ride Around India
West Bangal’s Doi Maach – fish curry.


Yet another example is Lonavala Chocolate Fudge, a trip down memory lane to the hill station of Lonavala, famous for its chikki (peanut brittle) and chocolate fudge. At Tapori, it takes the shape of a delightful tart filled with old-fashioned chocolate almond fudge and a side of house-made vanilla ice cream.


Heading this intriguing narrative is culinary storyteller and chef-owner Rohit Sharma. With a background in hospitality, he has set up over 100 food and beverage projects through his consultancy R4 Hospitality. These include the popular Maroon Room and Freemasons Brew Works in Guwahati (Assam), and his own Joint Café in Gurgaon (Delhi NCR). In short, Rohit’s projects reflect the vast diversity of Indian cultures and cuisines.


Culinary Ride Around India
Tapori’s Chef and Patron, Rohit Sharma.


His latest restaurant project, Tapori, is his food dream come to life, a meticulously crafted concept reflecting his deep passion and knowledge of Indian cuisine, embodying a love for tradition and innovation. To develop this concept, research involved traversing India for traditional recipes to create a menu that captures the travels of ‘tapori’ across the country. This fact-finding mission led to a rich database of 300 dishes, with 29 making it to the first iteration of the menu.


“Culinary art is not just about cooking; it’s about telling a story that resonates with the soul,” says Rohit. “At Tapori, we journey across India, reaching out to grandmothers and mothers, the guardians of our kitchen traditions. We explore the tapestry of flavours that define our heritage for a menu that is a tribute to the authentic recipes passed down through generations. Each dish represents one of India’s states or communities and is a chapter in the story of the food culture of India. With every bite, we invite you to discover an India that’s unseen, unexplored and unforgettable.”


Culinary Ride Around India
Welcome to the new Indian on the block: Tapori.


Helping Rohit finalise his dream is Chef Anirban Chowdhury, his Delhi-based R&D chef from R4 Hospitality, as well as pastry chef Swati Harsha, who created the desserts for the menu. These three purveyors of Indian cuisine now await diners with a menu that not only satisfies the stomach but also feeds the mind.


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