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We went looking for the most colourful restaurant in Mumbai and our search ended at the gorgeous Thai Pavilion at Vivanta by Taj President.
What Is It?
Thai Pavilion has been conceptualized and designed by the master Japanese designer – Noriyoshi Muramatsu. Jars filled with colourful powders adorn the wall at the entrance; an ode to Songkran, the Thai Festival of Colours. Another wall is a collage of scrap wood intricately carved with Thai motifs; another is a fretwork of traditional Thai Craft. It’s always a glassy affair at Thai Pavilion.
An open kitchen in the middle of the restaurant provides a peak into the sights , sounds and aromas of the kitchen, stimulating the senses. There are also semi private dining areas and some tables with sunken seating for those who want to eat in traditional style.
Enough about the decor. The question is, is the food any good? We tried it out and you’re going to be a fan. Each dish has a minimum of three basic flavours and uses only hand pounded Thai spices, the freshest of lamb shanks, clay fish, duck, Thai vegetables and mushroom, in addition to regular meat and seafood.
Guests can also enjoy a special Chef recommended “Harmony” meal wherein a typical Thai meal is characterized by its balance of five fundamental flavours – hot (spicy), sour, sweet, salty and bitter. In this meal various courses are presented simultaneously and are meant to be eaten together, thus combining these flavours.
Must-try dishes include the restaurant’s legendary green Thai curry, hot but tempered with coconut milk and flavored with lime leaves and unripe green peppercorns or the classic Thai-style roasted duck on a bed of spinach just to name a few.
Thai Pavilion has been a proud winner of the prestigious Wine Spectator Award. Carrying on the tradition of serving splendid wines from all over the world, the exhaustive list includes special wines from California, Germany, France, and Italy.
There is also a fabulous beverage menu with an array of Thai based cocktails, mocktails, ice teas and martinis to give a complete experience.
Address: Vivanta by Taj President, 90, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai
Timings: 12:30 PM to 2:45 PM, 7 PM to 11:45 PM
Approx Cost For Two: ₹4,000
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