Visited the F Lounge at the One India Bulls Centre, Lower Parel. Unlike the other F lounges, the one in Mumbai is more of a diner than a club. Michelin starred Chef Vineet Bhatia holds fort at the Mumbai counterpart of F Lounge, Diner, Bar. Here he presents Indian food with global finishes; while keeping it fashionable. When it comes to showing off his food, there’s not a more creative costumer than Bhatia. Some fashionable concoctions include Raw mango and prawn puckha, Tava Ravas with Tequila Lime Glaze, tangy Corn chilli seekhs with bloody mary tomato chutney, and the dynamic Patiala chicken with whisky flambé, all endearing and flavorful.
Chef’s personal recommendations include Bourbon Marinated Chicken with carrot and ginger mash, herb crusted lamb chops served with pink pepper n pomegranate glaze & caponata and Gambas cooked spanish style, served with a baguette to name a few. The food is delicious, but its presentation – like a raised stage illuminated with light – is magnificent.
Cocktails are created by renowned mixologist Shatbi Basu. Bhatia turns out some of the most sophisticated finales in the Mumbai. You’ll never look at sooji halwa the same way after tasting his lovely coffee infused halwa that arrives in a cup that resembles a camera lens. Bhatia calls it Photo Finish! It’s all very fashionable and elegant.
Ambience and Design
Spread across an area of 10,000 square feet over two levels and an outdoor area F Lounge Lumbai is decidedly more subdued feel than its blingy Delhi counterpart. The space has been designed by architect Sameep Padora whose projects include the Palladium outlet of Indigo Deli, and Opa and Le Monde in Juhu. The main attraction at the venue is the immaculately designed staircase lit up from within that seemingly merges into the ceiling creating a stunning impact.
The lower level comprises of a lounge area and a spacious bar done up with style and élan which extends on to an open deck terrace surrounded by water bodies and foliage. The upper level is designed as a dining area with a seating capacity of about 100 people.
A section is cordoned off on both levels, as a private dining/party area. The upper floor also houses an exclusive Dom Perignon lounge. Fashion TV screens are a key element, innovatively adapted across the various areas of the restaurant.
The unique pattern on the ceiling is a deviation on the otherwise straight lines and creates concealed, soft and seductive lighting for a party mood. Most of the space is intentionally left bare to accommodate more people who enjoy lounging and listening to music, and spending good time with friends.
Kris Correya (of Zenzi Bandra fame) is in charge of the music and programming and describes the music at F Lounge as a pleasant mix of jazz, lounge and world music during the afternoon, enabling guests to enjoy their meal amidst light conversation. As the early evening progresses, the music leads to a mix of nu jazz, chic lounge and classics.