Celebrating the tastes, textures and forms of distinctly authentic vegetarian dishes from across the trifecta of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam - Plural is Mumbai’s primeval restaurant to take a locavore approach to sustainable vegetarian and vegan-friendly dining in a communal setting.
Nestled in Kala Ghoda quaint by lanes, Plural seeks inspiration from its founder Vedant Shah’s travels from his stint in the USA and across South-East Asia.
Deeply influenced by the culture of the region and its distinct expression through food, the newly launched restaurant and delivery kitchen is flavorful and experimental - reminiscent of the ‘plurality’ of Shah’s culinary experiences that he now envisages bringing back to India.
“It all started with a steaming hot bowl of pho ordered at a neighbourhood Vietnamese restaurant during my university days in the USA. The dish made an enduring impression; I was hard-pressed to find something as fresh and uplifting. My passion for food burgeoned over the years and it inspired me to travel, learn and ultimately take the leap of faith," shared Shah, an industrial engineer by trade who pivoted from the healthcare space to F&B with no background.
One of the restaurant's cultural underpinnings is its environmentally conscious ethos, which draws from the use of eco-friendly packaging and mindful sourcing practices of high-quality, regional produce to reduce carbon footprint. Ingredients are responsibly sourced from local vendors who deliver fresh harvest on the daily, thereby ensuring high standards in flavor.
“For us at Plural, customer experience (the sum) ought to be greater than our individual efforts (the parts). We thus aim to re-introduce storytelling through innovative yet approachable food in communal environs - where our culinary team takes a slew of strikingly fresh ingredients and weaves them into a handsome memory of something ripe and distinct on the plate - hitting all 5 flavors along the way and packing tons of flavor in every serving,” he added.
The menu is divided into Salad & Soups, Small plates, Staples, Large plates and Dessert - each having signature dishes of their own to best suit the palate.
Plural's cocktail program is thoughtfully curated to complement the food and the varying preferences of patrons. Each concoction pushes the envelope, whilst maintaining a familiarity resonant to the Indian palate all the same.
The ambience is vibrant, lively and intimate - much like the feel of a posh yet approachable Vietnamese dining square. As its name suggests, the space is designed to enable diverse guests to engage with each other and their neighbours with a shared love of food. From the textured wallpaper to the pickling and infusion jars on display, many elements from part of the interiors deepen the sensory connection to the cuisine.
Adhering to the norms of health and safety, the restaurant has only been servicing home delivery requests thus far.
However, it has now opened its doors for customers to walk in and also ontinues to deliver food via its website between Cuffe Parade and Juhu, from 12 noon till 10 pm.