If there is something that everyone loves, then it has to be food. Mumbai is a place where you find new restaurants opening almost every week. Nowadays, it’s not only the food that matters, but it is also the ambiance, the décor and the service that matters in a restaurant.
There is this amazing restaurant in Mumbai that serves authentic Japanese cuisine, it’s called ‘Kofuku’. It is located at Linking Road, Bandra West. Let us start with the first thing that everyone notices when they enter a restaurant – The ambiance. The ambiance is a typical Japanese scenario with Japanese decorations on the walls. Japanese people have a special way of sitting that is on the floor on mattresses and this kind of arrangement is called Seiza. One must first be kneeling on the floor, folding one’s legs underneath one’s thighs, while resting the buttocks on the heels. The ankles are turned outward as the tops of the feet are lowered so that, in a slight “V” shape, the tops of the feet are flat on the floor and big toes sometimes are overlapped, and the buttocks are finally lowered all the way down. This is the traditional way of sitting, so the restaurant provides such type of seating as an option with the normal table and chairs. So if customers want to experience the true Japanese tradition then they can sit in such an arrangement and for those who are not very comfortable, they can sit in the normal table and chairs. Another thing which the restaurant has is called ‘Teppanyaki’. Japanese people believe in cooking in front of you, so there would be a big set out in front of your table so you can see the chef actually cooking your food in front of you. This is another Japanese tradition. Now the restaurant offers this option, as well as the normal option of cooking inside the kitchen. So the people who want to experience the ‘Teppanyaki’ style, they are most welcomed to in Kofuku. This arrangement is very interesting because you get to see the way the chef’s cook in front of you, you can always capture them on your phone.
Now coming to the nitty-gritty of the restaurant- the food, the food is just amazing. Starting with the Japanese Special ‘Miso Soup’ it is very tasty and delicious. Some starters that are a must try are the Sushi’s. You can have prawn Sushi’s, Crab sushi, cucumber sushi etc. The best Sushi’s at Kofuku are called “Oh my god Sushi’ and ‘California Roll’. The sushi is just mouthwatering and you can never have enough of it. Another great appetizer that is recommended is called Tempura. It is one of the most famous dishes and it is batter fried prawns, vegetables, cucumber, carrot, etc.
Coming to the main dish, the Japanese rice is something to die for. It is absolutely mouthwatering. Along with the rice you can have some prawns, or chicken. For vegetarian options, there is very good Tofu that they make in different styles.
To conclude, if you are looking for a place to try authentic Japanese cuisine, then this place is highly recommended. It is tasteful, delicious and also non-fattening.