Fava, is an all day Mediterranean Bar & Restaurant, on the 2nd floor of UB City. Almost all of 2nd floor Piazza, has dining places in what you’d call a food court, but with decent partitions between each other! So a food walk was ever so easy!
You’d be on the terrace, overlooking the beautiful UB towers, the skyscrapers, amphitheater and the fountain area ! You’re bound to be relaxed when you dine here! The decor of this place is quite good.
Fava by Chef Abhijit Saha, who won the ‘Best Chef in India Award’ at the Indian Restaurant Congress and Awards 2013, was started in 2010. The menu crafted by the Chef is a very good selection of the the traditional dishes from the Mediterranean region. Not only does the menu have some tasty treats to offer, but also some healthy options inspired by the Mediterranean style of cooking!
We started off with their famous Dozen Mezze .
This is a classic Mediterranean platter with an assortment of 12 items, hence the name Dozen Mezze 🙂 It is served to accompany alcoholic drinks as a course or as appetizers before the main dish.
This consists of :
Muhammara hummus( roasted bell pepper, mixed nuts, pomegranate molases ), Omi huriya( Tunisian carrot dip ),
Greek tzatziki( yogurt, cucumbers,garlic,salt,olive oil,red wine vinegar),
Babaganoush( Levantine dish of cooked eggplant mixed with onions, tomatoes, olive oil ),
Veg dolmas(stuffed veggies in leaves),
Falafel(deep-fried patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans),
White bean and gorgonzola hummus ,
Mint labneh(yogurt, mint and parsley dip),
Walnut and goat cheese dip,
served with lavash and Pita breads.
Signature Live Micro-green Salad
This is probably the first time I’ve seen fresh produce being used in front of patrons!! I couldn’t really believe all of those ingredients were going into this huge bowl that had lettuce in it 🙂 Micro greens are essentially a tiny form of young edible greens harvested at seeding stage after few leaves have begun to develop. Micro-greens have a very strong flavor, and are generally more nutritious.
There was beetroot, radish, sunflower, cherry tomatoes, toasted almonds. The dressings were extra virgin olive oil, balsamic reduction. The salad was topped with shredded parmesan cheese! The dish looked fantastic 🙂 The bowl was big enough for 10 people !!
Non Vegetarian Kebab Platter
This is a non vegetarian kebab platter that can be shared by 2/3 people.
It has 3 meats viz. Chicken souvlakia, Lamb kofte kebab, Turkish fish kebabs.
The chicken was on point, although some felt it was a little undercooked!
The fish was excellent, very smoky in nature. I’m not a very big fan of lamb, so I did not try it.
This is a vegetarian platter that consists of cottage cheese skewers, vegetable skewers with dukkah(Egyptian spice blend of toasted nuts and seed) rub and Fava Special stuffed kibbeh(Levantine dish made of bulgur (cracked wheat), minced onions, and meat(this one didn’t have) Middle-Eastern spices ).
The cottage cheese tasted very good. The kind of spices used in this dish are very unique and you’d not find that elsewhere!
Brocolli, mushrooms were on skewers. They were decent. Again, the dukkah rub on it, made it very much different from the regular BBQ joints where you’d get veg skewers!
The kibbeh was an interesting dish that I hadn’t really come across before here. These were shaped in inverted cones and it has Bocconcini basil, pomegranate and almond stuffing. You could also do this dish with Potatoes/chickpeas 🙂
Sun-dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese Ravioli
This is a classic Italian dish, which is basically a dumpling that has a filling sealed with two layers of pasta! The variant we had was a Sundried tomatoes and goat cheese! The rich white creamy sauce was a delight to everyone who tried this. This was easily the most sought after dish of the day 🙂 We couldn’t have enough of this!!
There’s a lot more that Fava has to offer and what I had was just the Chef Recommended dishes! If there’s ever an itch for Mediterranean cuisine, I know where I need to head to 🙂 And of-course, I still need to experience their Bar offerings!
If there was more time, we could have had some of their desserts, but we were short on time and had to rush to #pitstop2 of our food walk at UB City 🙂
I believe the prices would feel like it’s a bit on the higher side, but the UB city location, beautiful ambience and good service; more than just justifies that!
HIGHLIGHTS of FAVA
The exciting new a la carte menu by Chef Abhijit Saha
Artisanal sandwiches (Monday to Saturday – 11am to 7pm)
All-day Menu (11.00am to 12.30pm and 3.30pm to 7pm)
Prix fixe cyclic two and three course lunch menus (Monday to Friday) – new menu every week
Kids special menu & Petit gourmet club
Happy hours with Live grill (5.30 to 8pm)
World beer menu offering 22 beers
New single malt collection
Extensive wines by the glass program