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Dec 16, 2010 12:37 PM

Altman brings SF to Mumbai?

A sidebar link here to a tidbit about Joey Altman's plans to bring San Francisco style food to Mumbai caught my eye.

This quote really flummoxed me: "Altman says it will be in the style of places like Chez Panisse Cafe, Salt House and Perbacco, but will be more of a small plates lounge concept."

I'm just trying to figure out how it's going to be in the style of three fairly different restaurants and also be a small plates lounge, which none of them is.

Actually, it sounds like one of those restaurants you run across in other countries that claim to be doing "American" food and seem to think that means throwing a bunch of disparate things together and serving them in three years ago's trendy setting.

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Salt House
2 Shaw Aly, San Francisco, CA 94105

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  1. In the green room on Saturday, Altman told me he was flying to Mumbai on Monday to consult to a restaurant there. I asked him what style it would be. He said he wouldn't know for sure till he got there. Sounds like it's not really nailed down yet.

    1. I assumed it meant places that emphasize the quality of ingredients and careful prep to make the dish, straight forward presentations rather than complex or elaborate processes and plates. Of course there are many restaurants that do this, I think he just picked three he admired as representative of the style he was going to emulate.

      1. That article is so condescending. It's not SoBa - SoBa is a drink available at 7-11. It's SoBo and it stands for South Bombay.

        What esp gets my goat is 'This is what restaurants look like in India' - what does that even mean ?