Spotless white, soothing music, mood lighting, a terrific view, artfully prepared food and the best of liquors from across the globe - these are some of the pleasure of fine dining. Why not treat your dad to these on Father’s Day? After all they are a huge part of our lives. They offer up life lessons while brimming with jokes that always seem to make us chuckle. It’s only natural that we take the time to show Dad how special he is to us. Here are some perfect venues to do that.
This all-new Chinese cuisine bar in Lower Parel comes with an unheard-of concept in India – Typhoon shelter food. The concept was inspired by the typhoon shelters in Hong Kong which were manmade covers used by fishermen to shield their boats from typhoons which were very common in the West Pacific Ocean. Imagine vessels from all over China stuck at one place. And if they throw a party, this is what the party will look like. Do look up to the ceiling that projects different cloud formations. One unmissable dish here is the Tuna Tartar served in a Himalayan salt bowl.
The dumplings are the star here - ruby dumpling with beetroot juice infused skin, squid ink dumplings and the deliciously moist lamb crystal ball which melt in the mouth. Don’t miss the desserts that are simply breathtaking. My favourites include the Zen - edible stones made of Caramel Vanilla and Hazelnut Crunch.
Where: S-3, Second floor, Skyzone, Phoenix Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai. Tel: 022 3015 1817
If dad loves Thai food (and who doesn’t?) treat him to Mango Tree. Skip the regular Pad Thai, Som Tam and spicy Tom Yum for the Banana Blossom Salad served with toasted coconut. The slow roasted pork ribs with spicy tamarind sauce is where spice meets and greets char. Poo Phad Phong Karee, whole crab in a velvety yellow curry is a thing of beauty to look at, ruffle up, lay on the jasmine rice and eat. Thai food is partial to non-vegetarians but the vegetarian dads too will eat well at Mango Tree. The Paneer Satay drizzled with Thai herbs is a winner on all counts. The delicately spiced and aromatic long beans in red curry paste is an ode to vegetables and will show you how to appreciate the humble beans as you’ve never appreciated beans before. The dessert of water chestnut rubies with coconut ice cream and jackfruit slivers is everything you want from a dessert including comfort and joy.
Where: Horizon Hotel, 3rd floor, 37 Juhu beach, opposite Juhu Church, Juhu, Mumbai. Tel: 8655551277
Treat your dad to an unforgettable evening at Zorawar Kalra’s Kode. The place has warmth and oomph both. Ease in with the avaocado carpaccio which is playful, gorgeous and delicious. Another stellar dish is the herb crusted scotch eggs where the classic crispy chicken gets a warm egg bath. The bird’s nest it is placed on, serves as a pleasing escort. The hand rolled Turkish flat bread with Spanish Manchego cheese and a drizzle of truffle oil should be your mains. Don’t forget the drinks. Forgotten Petal Sour, a gin based drink in a flower vase, is accompanied by a playful jelly soap topped with foam on a bed of candyfloss and rose freshly dipped in liquid nitrogen. Kode also boasts of the largest selections of whiskey in India along with an extensive selection of gin, vodka and craft beer.
Where: Gate No 4, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai. Call: +91-7718882923.
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The menu holds Chinese, Japanese and Cantonese but you could make a meal out of the dumplings here. The prawn shitake dumpling topped with caviar is luscious and delicious. The veg tempura flanked by a bevy of accompaniments carries a crunch loud enough to perk up neighbours’ ears. The sushi sashimi platter with tuna, salmon and cuttlefish looks breathtaking. Each bite sings of the sea with wasabi and pickled ginger chiming in. For the mains, look no further than the superlative chicken rending with jasmine rice. The desserts are pure theatrics. Call for the Freezing Chocolate Balloon and brace yourself for uninterrupted attention, as all eyes will be on you when the theatrics unfold on your table. A pot of frozen chocolate is filled with vanilla mousse, chocolate cake, frozen with dry ice and macaroon dust only to be broken with a thud on the table.
Where: Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai. Tel:022 6693 3000
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