The unrivalled view of the cityscape of Mumbai from Mekong, located at level 37 of the Palladium Hotel, has diners whipping out smartphones for photographs of the scenic panorama.
Generally it is pictures of food that flood Facebook and Twitter, but at Mekong the view is so impressive that almost no one can resist a click. The restaurant takes you away from the hustle-bustle evident just outside the gate of the hotel to a zen-esque space where the green oasis of the Mahalaxmi Racecourse and the tranquil waters of the Arabian Sea sparkling in the distance placate the diner.
The highest restaurant in the city currently, it is not only the vista that charms. The décor, evocative of a waterway, exudes royal splendour with its towering doors and high ceiling and the food is a delectable melange of cuisines from Vietnam, Thailand and Yunnan and Sichuan in China.
The extensive menu at Mekong baffles and we take the easy way out with most of our selections from the chef’s recommendation section. Our lunch highlights: the marinated shredded chicken with coriander, bird eye’s chilli and lemon juice, the steamed edamame and truffle dumplings and the diced tenderloin with golden garlic in black pepper sauce that perfectly complements the Vietnamese vegetable fried rice.
A tranquil dining destination, Mekong is a must-visit for a leisurely lunch or dinner with family and friends.
Address: Palladium Hotel, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai – 400 013. Tel: +91-22-6162 8000
Text: Desiree de Andrade, Sharmi Ghosh Dastidar
This article first appeared in December 2013 issue of Hi! BLITZ magazine