Colonialism in India is what first introduced the flavors of the sub-continent to the rest of the world. The rich ingredients and spices used in the kitchens of the Indian aristocracy were incorporated into the recipes brought by the European settlers and officers. “Memsahib’s cooking”is a hybrid style that evolved when the British “Lady of the House” asked her Indian household cooks to prepare traditional British dishes. Over time, the cooks incorporated rich ingredients and spices used in the kitchens of the Indian aristocracy into the recipes brought by the European settlers.
Through almost two centuries colonial rule, the British, French, Dutch and the Portuguese all had adapted variations of many of their own dishes which resulted in a distinct new cuisine – collectively referred to as ‘Anglo-Indian cuisine’ – by carefully blending European cooking techniques and recipes with local spices, ingredients and methods. Set apart from the most often seen “curry house” or “family buffet” styled formats, artisanal cocktails and authentic cuisine aim to provide an experience noted for its energy, hospitality and aesthetic design. Our menu reflects the rich heritage of Indian cooking influenced by the frontiers of the royal Northwest down to the fishing villages of the coastal south and showcases the best of this culinary tradition in an attractive 45-seat bistro format.
Here at The Royal Munkey, we strive to recreate, and pay tribute to the legendary flavors, style and the ambience reminiscent of the famous cafes, bistros and music and supper clubs of ‘Old Bombay’ from the 1910's through the 1940's, while showcasing a touch of the old Raj.
Highlighting the dining room and our semi-open kitchen, the full-service cocktail bar
as our center stage. Classic artisanal cocktails lie at the heart of the ‘East India Cocktail Program’. An exceptional variety of these specialized cocktails are prepared using proper mixing techniques, incorporating fresh juices, tinctures, bitters, etc.
And many ingredients are freshly prepared daily in our kitchen. The Royal Munkey ice-program further highlights the art of the cocktail, enhanced by frosted crystal glassware, standardized recipes and artful garnishes.
We also highlight the most dynamic rum and whiskey selections including select Indian distillations; as well as exciting aperitifs, fine wines and champagnes, satisfying ports ,agreeable digestifs and a limited but quality selection of craft style beer
The semi-open kitchen will prepare classic and authentic recipes. Along with “old favorites”, Diners will have the opportunity to taste some unique to the Colonial-era dishes. Some of these Anglo-Indian recipes are family secrets, passed down since independence in 1947.
An all-day dining menu serving till the late hours will include an extensive selection of appetizers and shared plates. Poultry and game, lamb and mutton, beef and pork, and seasonal vegetables will be prepared as an array of curries, stews, roasts, broths, etc.- all served with appropriate choices of sides. The bar will offer full dining options in addition to shared plates on a separate bar menu. A rotating list of daily specials will complement in-house dining as well as an exceptional home delivery service for catering to the neighbourhood.