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Over the last few years, Mumbai has warmed up to the idea of pop-up restaurants in unprecedented ways. As food critics, we’ve been more than happy to shell out cash for meals at open-air sports stadiums, salons, craft shops, art galleries, preschools, even strangers’ homes. Now, a new event by JW Marriott in Juhu, Mumbai, is all set to up the ante by bringing down Michelin Guide-acclaimed chefs from Europe for a guerrilla-style dining event in association with Singapore-based Savour Events’ private pop-up dining series, 4XFOUR.

The first part of the programme, starting Wednesday (8-12 April), will be with chefs Laurent Peugeot from France and Giovanni D’Amato from Italy. Another two chefs will conclude the event over two weeks in October-November.

According to Darren Chen, executive director, Savour Events Pvt. Ltd, the long-term plan for 4XFOUR in India is to include key metros in its annual calendar. Since the company has a network of distinguished chefs from across the world, it only makes sense to have them tour different countries in one go rather than make disjointed trips to select locations. Other cities on the current 4XFOUR circuit include Shanghai in China, Jakarta in Indonesia, and Dubai in United Arab Emirates.

“Usually, brands, events and chefs overlook India in their touring plans," says Chen. “They cite issues with ingredients, equipment, inventory, etc., which is all rubbish. You may pay a little bit more to get to India but it is possible to bring world-class events here. Once we reach a critical mass with our events in Mumbai, we are confident that this will be a sustainable property."

Speaking of the agenda for forthcoming pop-ups, Chen admits that Savour Events has played it safe with the choice of chefs for the first round of 4XFOUR in Mumbai. For the first week, 8-12 April, Peugeot, who won the first Michelin star for his restaurant, Le Charlemagne, in 2006, will present a slightly avant-garde, eight-course degustation menu (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) that will give a minimalist Japanese twist to rustic Bourgogne cooking. Week 2 (15-19 April) will be presided over by D’Amato, of the Ristorante Il Rigoletto. His restaurant in Città di Castello, in the northern part of Italy’s Umbria region, was awarded two Michelin stars, in 2002 and 2005, respectively.

Peugeot will offer dishes like scallops burnt and marinated in sake soja, langoustine and eggplant dengaku and a dessert made with strawberry syrup and espuma with Thai basil sorbet and rocket cream cheese from his own restaurant, Le Charlemagne, in Burgundy.

D’Amato has also created an eight-course menu which features updated, authentic Italian fare, like a cappuccino of shellfish and green scallops, saffron risotto with vegetables and nuts, as well as his signature Esplosione Di Tirami Su, which translates to an explosion of the classic, coffee-flavoured Italian dessert.

For the Juhu hotel, 4XFOUR is also an opportunity to refresh its food and beverage offerings.

At Mezzo Mezzo, JW Marriott, Juhu, Mumbai. Chefs Laurent Peugeot and Giovanni D’Amato’s pop-up restaurants will be open for dinner (7.30pm) on weekdays and lunch (12.30pm) and dinner on weekends from 8-12 April and 15-19 April, respectively. Meals are priced at 7,000, plus taxes, per head. For reservations, visit www.4xfour.in. For details, call JW Marriott on 022-66933344.

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