Book a table at one of these if you’re looking for world-class food, impeccable service and a meal to remember. By Shweta Gandhi
#1 Wasabi by Morimoto
Led by Chef Masaharu Morimoto, this world-class restaurant serves exquisite contemporary Japanese cuisine. ChefMorimotocombines his dynamic cooking style with delicate sauces to create a blend of authentic delights. Apart from the usual favourites like tempura, teppanyaki and sushi, the menu also includes dishes like Enoki Tempura and Shimaji Mushroom. Voted to Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 list, Wasabi also features a separate sake bar and grill counter manned by Chef Masasan Kobayashi, which provides a theatrical twist.
Must try: Chilean Sea Bass
Where: The Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba
# 2 San-Qi
Cuisine: Pan Asian
Translating to ‘The Three Energies,’ San-Qi pulses with trendy world music and new Indian jazz. On offer is lip-smacking pan Asian fare, including Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Indian. The restaurant houses an open-concept tandoor kitchen, a wok station, sushi bar, teppanyaki table and an impressive wine list of hand-picked Bordeaux and emerging local wineries from the Nashik region. Lunch and dinner vary slightly with the former focussing on noodle dishes, curries and bento boxes, and the latter being an invigorating journey inviting you to try different regional favourites.
Must try: They delicious Sunday Brunch
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, Worli
# 3 Nico
Owned by Nico Goghavala and his wife Kamal Sidhu, this Mediterranean restaurant brings fresh produce to the table with wood-fired oven Neapolitan gourmet flat breads, mezze platters and a variety of tapas. The interiors have been designed by Sidhu, who has also designed the dessert menu, which includes her famous cheesecake and the lauded crab and pumpkin blossom beignet.
Must try: White Cholocate Amaretti Cheesecake, Pomegranate Jelly
Where: Kala Ghoda
#4 KOH by Ian Kittichai
The restaurant offerscontemporary Thai cuisine by renowned Chef Ian Kittichai, who taps into his vast global experience to curate a menu with the Indian vegetarian palate in mind. Dishes like the Tom Kha soup and PhedPhakSriracha will tickle your palette and hit all the right notes. It décor is also a must-see, designed exclusively by Satomi Hatanaka and Quentin Dante of Studio Q Concepts.
Must try: Gaeng Kiew Warn (Green Curry)
Where: InterContinental Hotel, Marine Drive
Photograph courtesy: http://ianchalermkittichai.com/
#5 Le Cirque Signature
This French-Italian restaurant is an ultimate for wine connoisseurs, featuring an exhaustive list of over 220 Italian and French wines, including Sassicaia, Penfolds Grange Bin 95, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte and Bollinger Le Grande Anne’ Vintage.Apart from eclectic dishes like Spaghetti Primavera, Paupiette of Chilean Sea Bass and Dover Sole, Le Cirque also boasts of luxury tableware from Villeroy&Boch, and the finest Schott Zwiesel stemware.
Must try: Lobster Salad
Where: The Leela, Andheri-Kurla Road
Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons