A restaurant with a gorgeous view can take a dining experience from mediocre to magnificent: giving it that lift that makes it a memorable meal. Looking out over Mumbai’s silhouette, the glittering skyline and cloud-grazing buildings is Mekong, at Palladium Hotel, Mumbai. A meal here remains memorable long after your plate is cleared.
Warm beige tones, mood lighting, artistic chandeliers and tree bark sculptures give Mekong a contemporary elegance, while dishes from chef
Cheang Chee Leong create a joie de vivre in your mouths. But the real showstopper at this restaurant set on the 37th floor and perched 500 feet above sea level is its panoramic view. No wonder the tables that line the glass walls are the fastest to go.
The cuisine ranges from Yunnan and Sichuan in China to Thailand and Vietnam. Kick off with the Thai Grilled fish. Chunky Basa pieces are dressed with ginger, garlic and bird eye chilli whose racy accents ignite a little fire in the mouth. The innocuous looking dim sums in translucent cases pack a punch with the ginger. The result is a tickled palate and a clean plate sent back to the kitchen. The Vietnamese Fried rice which comes wrapped in a lotus leaf is fragrant and delicious. For desserts try the mud cake which shares its plate with a scoop of ice cream. It’s a pleasant match. Almost every bite tastes like one of the best you’ve ever had … until you get the next celestial dish and the bar is raised anew.
Where: Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013. Tel: 022 6162 8422
Cost: Meal for two Rs 8000 (with alcohol)