Saturday, June 6, 2015


Jaydeep Mukherjee, fondly known as JD, is well known as the force behind the crazily popular and much celebrated Indigo Delicatessens, Colaba outlet being the first which has for a decade been a showcase of his pioneering innovations in this category. He started his career with the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, as a Chef Trainee in 1994, and it was at the Zodiac Grill, back then measured the first-rate European food restaurant in the country, that he learnt the elementary ethics of cooking. Moved on to Cunard Cruise Lines in Miami, where a long and remarkable influence on board the iconic luxury liners, Queen Elizabeth 2 and the Royal Viking Sun gave him a revelation to the world of high-end gastronomy. In 2002 he took on the mantle of Chef de Cuisine and later that of Executive Chef with deGustibus Hospitality, the maverick company that had given character to the iconic Indigo and re-written the rules of fine gastronomy in Mumbai. The Indigo Delis were recently awarded the ‘Best Restaurant in Mumbai’.

The menu hasn’t changed much since inception except for daily specials which they offer on a tidy blackboard. The star of the show however is the ‘Reuben Sandwich’ of which they have sold over a million portions already. This hearty sandwich is an absolute labour of love as the making of the home made Pastrami (the only standalone restaurant in the country that makes it in-house) is a 23 day process. The brisket is cured in a traditional process for 21 days, smoked for 12 hours and cooked for 6 hours before it goes into the Rye Bread for being toasted brown, buttery and crisp and the cheese melted just right to ooze out. The best part about the sandwich here is that the filling is regulated and in balance, so when you bite into it you get a pleasant and luscious mouthful.

Housed quaintly just behind the Gateway of India  Indigo Deli at Colaba marks a clear departure from often seen soul-less sleek minimalist restaurants, celebrating the nostalgia of the good old neighbourhood places replete with a kitchen store and a matchless offering of bakery, patisserie, a cafĂ© menu and gourmet retail, set in an environment of social conviviality. Whether your bliss lies in the first lustful bite of a warm croissant or at the bottom of a freshly brewed cup of coffee, in that decadent forkful of eggs on the beach or the last crumb of an Almond cake… You are sure to find it and make it your own out here. With the philosophy of using the finest seasonal produce available to achieve a menu that is all at once eclectic, skilled, and unpretentious, JD presents Deli cooking at its best. The place is raucous most of the time as it is well patronized. After more than a decade and with a long list of loyal clients, it needs very little endorsement.

Chef JD was carefully chosen by Taste and Travel, a few years ago as one amongst the top ten young chefs in the country and was presented in the October 2010, Anniversary issue of the Vogue magazine on its cover story on young icons from various walks of life. ‘No profession on earth enhances the mind, body and soul like mine does…’ he says!!

Address: 5, Ground Floor, Pheroze Building, Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahrishi Marg, Apollo, Bunder, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400039
Cuisine type: Delicatessen
Tel: 022 6655 1010
Timings:  8:30 am – 12:00 am

Reservations: Recommended

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