Exploring Colonial Influences in Indian Food – Assado:
While fusion cuisine is all the rage, we tend to ignore the fact that every cuisine in the world has some elements of historic ‘borrowing’. Just as language reflects a country’s heritage through borrowed words and sentence structures, national dishes are seldom free of international influences. Over the centuries those influences become firmly and seamlessly incorporated into local dishes. Assado is Cyrus Todiwala’s Fusion Restaurant focusing on Goan cusine, where the colonial Portuguese added their twist to native food.
The interior is almost but not quite cafe style. There are cosy booths along one wall, probably the best option unless you are in a group of more than four. The rest of the seating is simple wooden tables and chairs, the decor a minimalist Portuguese meets Indian. As one of my friends pointed out, you wouldn’t know what to expect by peering through the large glass windows. In fact, lurking behind the main entrance is an open oven and half open kitchen. And it’s hard to know whether this is a cafe or something more.
The food though turns out to be something more and the wine isn’t bad too, even the house red that I start with.
We enjoy a bread basket with olive oil, grape mullases and thyme honey balsamic
157 Waterloo Rd