Taj is a brand name in the list of luxurious five-star restaurants in India. Vivanta by Taj is one of them. With contemporary setting and lavish interiors, Vivanta by Taj at Mumbai has many fine-dine options to take its guests on an epicurean tour across the world. Thai Pavilion – Vivanta by Taj, Mumbai is one of the oldest restaurants in this hotel that opened its doors back in 1993.
Thai Pavilion is like a landmark of Thai restaurants in Mumbai. Why? There are many Thai restaurants in the city, so why is this restaurant so special? Thai cuisine was introduced to India for the first time through Thai Pavilionin the early 90’s by Chef Ananda Solomon and since then, it never faltered. The restaurant has soared to new heights with every passing time. Before the launch of Thai Pavilion, the chef had spent many months across Thailand experiencing and studying its cuisine and culture. In a stunning journey of re-discovery, Chef Ananda goes back to the roots and now presents an elevated version of this popular cuisine. All thanks to him! He made India taste the tanginess-spiciness of Thai dishes.
That being said let us take a look at Thai Pavilion from inside. The restaurant got a new look in the year 2007. Designed by the master Japanese designer – Noriyoshi Muramatsu , Thai Pavilion is all styled up; it looks chic and smart! It’s all glass, wood and lacquer. Cabinets of wine welcome you at the entrance of this L-shaped Thai restaurant. As you walk in further, you notice the wood engraved walls. While one wall is made of scrap wood carved with Thai motifs, another is a fretwork of traditional Thai craft. There is also a live interactive kitchen in the centre of the restaurant. The clanking of the cooking pot and woks and the whiff of smell travelling across the length of the restaurant increases the appetite a notch higher. There are seats arranged around this open kitchen. Grab a place there and see if you can steal and tip or two from the skilled chefs. To experience a traditional style of eating, semi-private dining areas with sink-in seats delight you at the far end of the restaurant.
So did the interiors appeal you? Sure, it did! Let’s now take a stroll through the impressive menu of Thai Pavilion. Som Tam (Raw papaya salad), Chicken dim sums, Poo Nim Krob (crispy soft shell crabs in red chilli paste), Kai Phad Prik Daeng (Chicken supreme flavoured with Thai herbs), Phad Phak (Stir fried vegetables in light soya sauce), Duck liver foie gras with sea asparagus in mango sauce and Phad Thai noodles are some delicacies. Thai Pavilion takes the Thai curries to a new level altogether. They taste excellent with a velvety texture. Plating the dishes has been taken care of. Elaborate garnishes edible carvings on plate give the dish a new look and are enough to stimulate your senses.
Finish with a Tub Tim Grob (Diced water chestnut with coconut milk) or a simply yet deliciously executed crème brulee. If you are a wine lover, they have extensive choice. Ask the sommelier to guide you.