I was pleasantly surprised when I sat down for dinner recently at a restaurant in Kochi and was served this as an amuse bouche. Take a good look at these images and tell me what you think it could be.

an amuse bouche served in Kochi

(No. This isn't a witch's pot being used to make magic potion. And yes, that is a dense nearly opaque smoke emanating from the serving dish!)

amuse bouche


What is an Amuse Bouche?

For starters, this isn't a starter! An 'Amuse bouche' is not something you order.
Amuse bouche (French for 'Mouth Amuser') is a little bite that the chef offers to everyone who comes to his restaurant, offered free of charge, to give you an idea of his or her style.

It tends to be simple but with a touch of finesse.

Historically, it was used by chefs to offer the customer a taste of the natural produce of the area, devoid of heavy marinades. Scientifically, I think the idea is to increase your appetite and have you craving for more.

Amuse bouches became more popular during the 'Nouvelle cuisine' phase of French cuisine that focused on dishes with smaller portions and bigger emphasis on how it was presented. This involved seasonings replacing sauces, smaller cooking times to preserve the natural flavours, newer techniques, fresh local produce, modern equipment and inventive presentation.  


So did you guess what that Indian amuse bouche was? Last chance before I reveal the answer below. So go look at those pics once more.
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Done with your guesses? Well, the correct answer was...

dahi vada
The humble Dahi Vada!

Sufficed to say, I had a wonderful experience with dishes ranging from water chestnut and edamame dimsums to mutton brain fry (!) at the Kochi Brasserie which excelled in fusing and playing around with eight different styles of cuisines. 




And no, this isn't a sponsored post... just me appreciating some really good food done well.

My question to you - tell me one random restaurant you would recommend in the city you are in right now and why? 

Let us share some positive food vibes :)


Authors note 


I am linking this post with Esha and Natasha for #WordlessWednesday. You can find more picture based posts there and add your own too. 

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Earlier posts I have written for Wordless Wednesday include:
09. What Really Darkens a Room? (Racism)
10. Doggy Desktop (Pets)
12. 2 milliliters (Medicine)
13. What is an Amuse Bouche (Food)



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8 Comments

  1. Dahi vada? I would never have guessed! I thought Rasmalai (yes, that’s my sweet tooth showing through).

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  2. I have to tell you that I half-guessed it would be Dahi Vada and it turned out to be just that! Looked super yummy and that magical effect was simply adding to the effect I should say.

    And yes, I'd highly recommend Chianti in Koramangala for their perfect ambience and great Italian food, not to mention their delectable range of desserts. Has to be one of the best ever foodie experiences for South Bangaloreans!

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  3. Dahi Vada? Wow! I thought it was some exotic dish. The pictures are amazing too, Roshan.

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  4. Amazing! Have to try this place

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  5. I had no idea but with the smoke and "black mask" and "two eyes" I was sure it was something terrible. Ah, cultural differences!

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  6. Gosh! I for once thought that was a poached egg with baby potatoes. That's some Amuse Bouche!

    I've tried something similar at Farzi cafe here in Gurgaon. They serve Mishti Doe as Amuse Bouche, and a whole host of other food items and drinks with smoky experiences.

    An epicurean's delight indeed.

    Well, my favourite eating place is Burma Burma. Vegetarian but tastes so non-veg, and a delicious assortments of meals and salads. I love their menu, painstakingly created to bring in creativity and tickle the taste buds. The best I've tried.

    I also like Town Hall for it's Unagi/Eel and Sushi. And the vibe is nice. :)

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