Summer is a time for brunches!

What’s the best part about summer? It’s the sundresses. And the best place to wear those are at brunches. Brunches that start off in the afternoon and spread across late evening.

So last weekend, @Celery and I ganged up to enjoy a Sunday afternoon lunch at Mumbai’s swish Tasting Room.

Good Earth
Good Earth

Situated inside The Good Earth showroom at Raghuvanshi Mill compound at Lower Parel, this one is Mumbai’s best kept secret. Those who know about it, swear by it and those who don’t – shame on you!

Parched, we started our luncheon with cool glasses of kiwi margarita and an orange blossom mocktail that were good enough to get us hopeful about the meal to come.

The appetizer of stuffed – fried mushroom served with the red chutney was rightly crispy with a soft interior. It was pop-able and each piece was consistently delicious. After eating this dish, we actually made a mental note to replicate it for our next terrace soiree.

The Tasting Room
The Tasting Room

Since @Celery is a bit of a health freak, she tried the herbed quinoa salad. Now, quinoa is completely overdone in this city, which makes it hard for chefs to do something offbeat with it. Thankfully, the chefs at The Tasting Room get this dish right. With bits of grilled veggies and slightly charred broccoli, this salad is what makes dieting worth your while.

Since all trips to this restaurant are incomplete without digging into their watermelon and goat cheese salad, we did the honours pronto.

Hardly a salad, this dish is what summer afternoons should be made up of. Goat cheese is layered with chunks of watermelon. The whole square is drizzled with sweet balsamic and pine nuts and few bits of arugula do the needful. We love this salad for its textural contrast and colour combination.

For mains, everything from the predictable penne with arabiata sauce to the unusual sweet potato gnocchi was outstanding. Each dish has a characteristic and tasted far superior than what’s available elsewhere.

The Tasting Room
The Tasting Room

Now for dessert, while the berry pavlova disappointed us tremendously because of its gelatinous texture, the cheesecake did the exact opposite. It blew our mind away! It was served warm with a berry sorbet and was as good as a spa treatment for the soul.

Address: 1st Floor, Good Earth, Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

For reservations: 022 65285284