is a melting pot of myriad cultural and geographical influences.
Urvashi & Taraana Vaswani take you on culinary journey through some
of the city’s nouveau dining options
menu at Mezzo Mezzo has been carefully devised in accordance
with Indian palate preferences.
Literally meaning heaven, Tian, as the name suggests, is a paradise
for gastronomes with a penchant for Oriental cuisine. The white
and glass panelled five-storey structure showcases Pan-Asian cuisine
and is the most-talked about addition to Mumbais burgeoning
inventory of specialised eateries. The cuisine on offer intrepidly
extends beyond the perennially popular Chinese and Thai preparations
to include exotic delicacies from Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and
Korea, though the flavours have been tempered to suit the Indian
palate. The Tian lounge bar features an elegant, minimalistic bar
with a comprehensive beverage list. Skipping the cliched, but flavoursome
curries, wed suggest the more unconventional entrees for discerning
tastes. Try out the tear-inducing Paneer Methi Chilli Fry, the crackling
Pepper Blasted Prawns, Pomfret in Ginger and Chinese wine or the
coconut milk-infused Burmese Kauswe. To taper off the meal, wed
recommend substituting the desserts with the delightfully light,
Dutch-style pancakes served with butter and honey. For those with
an insatiable sweet tooth, the Lychees Darsan - lychee mousse with
flat fried noodles topped with cointreau sauce, as well as the Bebinca
- a rich Goan coconut pudding - are amply satisfying.
Tian is a paradise for gastronomes with a penchant for Oriental
Mezzo Mezzo literally translated would mean half and half. However,
at JW Marriotts new Italian brasserie, there are no half measures.
Each element of the tastefully-appointed dishes is a study in thoroughness
from the extensively detailed wine list to the imported ingredients
sourced from their land of origin, the traditional copper kitchenware
that is presumed to impart a deeper flavour to the food cooked in
it, and even the highly knowledgeable staff who are perfectly conversant
with every detail of the place. The first thing that strikes you,
upon perusing the menu, is the predominance of vegetarian selections.
Master chef Daniel Galli reasons that the menu has been carefully
devised in accordance with Indian palate preferences. For those
that encounter a lack of variety in vegetarian fine dining, Mezzo
Mezzo is virtually a boon.
the modern mingles with the traditional almost seemlessly, be it
the cuisine, decor or ambience. Essentially a whole new concept
rather than just another restobar, the interiors can be best described
as neo-classical in a very contemporaneous sense with a combination
of dark wood and antique German mirrors counterbalanced by exposed
metal and honed concrete to achieve the New Age look.
The heart of Rain is its bar with a vast array of house specialities
to choose from - Rain Martinis, Cocktails, Classics and Shooters,
most of them classics with a dash of the unconventional.
the modern mingles with the traditional
almost seemlessly, be it the cuisine, decor or ambience
same is applicable to the cuisine. A large number of offerings display
classic tendencies with something new to jazz up the palate. Favourites
among the starters include the Spicy Corn, Mozzarella and Cheddar
Samosette with a spicy pesto dip, and Tijuan Chicken Tikka, fired
with Tequila and served with Jalapeno sour cream. The veg entrees
display distinctly Italian influences, while the non-veg entrees
are somewhat more adventurous.
the Pasta and Risotto section, the Tortelloni filled with cheese
and mushrooms on a val daosta fondu is nothing remarkable,
in fact easily avoidable, though the crisp Risotto cake topped with
Barolo wine is an unusual version of the all-time favourite rice
dish, and is well worth sampling for its sheer ingenuity. Further,
the Pizzas and Al Tranico will definitely find flavour with the
most ethnicised tastes. A must mention is the buttery, crisp garlic
bread that offsets and enhances the meal to a pinnacle of perfection
as does the extra virgin olive oil. Last, but not the least, the
Tiramisu is simply unmissable.
Located at the Rodas Ecotel in Powa Parabola, this 24-hour Southeast
Asian and Continental cuisine restaurant is perfect for the business
traveller with many elaborate as well as simple dining options to
choose from. Taking you on a culinary journey, the cuisine touches
upon even the innermost recesses of China. The tantalising menu
blends unexpected ingredients in a highly original manner, with
visually-arresting results. Spiced with flavours from the Orient,
the cuisine serves up an incredible diversity of taste and texture.
The highlight amongst the appetisers would have to be the Prawn
Salad Suzie Wong with lychees, pineapple and almonds and Smoked
Salmon Golden Phoenix (smoked salmon parcels filled with a variety
of succulent meats and fresh vegetables grilled to perfection).
Attention to detail is a highlight of the cuisine and a plethora
of imaginative, intensely flavourful accompaniments and marinades
bring alive the hidden nuances.