Pa Pa Ya Set to Open at Select Citywalk, Saket, with Menu Loaded with Novelties such as Sushi Burgers & Chilli Hoisin Duck Dog
WHEN Zorawar Kalra‘s Pa Pa Ya opens at Select Citywalk, Saket, in less than a fortnight, it will not only be the young and successful restaurateur’s most expensive project (pegged at $1.5 million, or a little over Rs 10 crore at the present exchange rate), but also have a 70-foot-high design feature, The Dome, that will set it apart from any other restaurant in the country.
For Kalra, who has made headlines with his multi-award-winning Masala Library, Farzi Cafe and Made in Punjab brands, Pa Pa Ya’s unique selling proposition will be its cutting-edge Asian cuisine, which has been responsible for the enduring popularity of the restaurant since it debuted in Mumbai at the Palladium Mall in November 2015. “We will serve the best Asian food at 30 per cent less than the price of a comparable five-star restaurant,” says Kalra about his most ambitious project yet.
Kalra, clearly, is not skimping on the essentials of a “world-class restaurant”, which is how he envisions Pa Pa Ya. The restaurant, apart from a temperature-controlled wine tasting room, will have a state-of-the-art system to store sashimi-grade fish, flown in from Japan every week, at minus-80 degrees C — it’s not a feature you’ll find easily at other Pan-Asian restaurants. Kalra has also employed the services of Japanese architect and interior designer, Masafumi Sanada, formerly of the world-renowned Super Potato, who now leads his own Tokyo-based firm, M-Style Inc. Having completed projects in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune, Sanada has mastered the art of marrying Japanese sophistication and Indian sensibilities, which you’ll see in plenty at the 180-seater Pa Pa Ya nearing completion in Saket.
And of course, there are the Kalra touches, interpreted beautifully by his star chef, Sahil Singh, who honed his skills in the country’s best training grounds for the maestros of pan-Asian cookery — Wasabi at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, and Tian at ITC Maurya. Culinary fireworks are a given when this talented duo gets into action.
The stars of Pa Pa Ya’s menu, apart from its famous Tuna Tataki Pizza, with tortilla crackers providing the base, Octopus and Chorizo Takoyaki, and Chilli Hoisin Duck Dog, will be the Sushi Matrix (which arrives on the table with 19 varieties of sushi), Soft-Shell Crab Buns, Sushi Burgers, Edamame and Chickpea Sliders, Avocado Tacos with Corn and Scallion Kimchee, Buta Yakitori (grilled pork on skewers) and Mochi Ice-Cream. For those who like to stick to familiar territory, Pa Pa Ya will have the Laksa, Ramen Bowl Meals, Penang Curry and Guotie, or pot-stickers, which are dumplings of another kind, different in both texture and taste to the time-tested dim sum.
Kalra calls this Global Asian Cuisine — presenting the most-loved Asian dishes with a sense of drama that has become the hallmark of his culinary style. Pa Pa Ya will raise the profile of Select Citywalk, Saket, an established F&B destination with an already successful Asian brand, Yum Yum Cha, a couple of notches higher.