Ori­en­tal feast

India Today - - SIMPLY MUMBAI | BUZZ - By Gay­a­tri Ja­yara­man

The Li Bai bar and Mekong restau­rant, with their un­du­lat­ing seat­ing and deeply soothing tones of cop­per and ma­hogany, and its spec­tac­u­lar 37th floor views of cen­tral Mum­bai, are a relief in a city of lounges and bars pri­mar­ily mush­room­ing for the hip­ster. Their South East Asian in­flu­enced cui­sine ex­tends to al­co­hol, some of which comes in ma­son jars, a fad that’s only just catch­ing on in Mum­bai. There is a co­pi­ous use of cin­na­mon, star anise, gin­ger, plum and lemon­grass. Libai­ti­nis, the house mar­ti­nis made of baby chrysan­the­mum, are fun.

The menu at Mekong is clas­si­fied into Chi­nese, Viet­namese, and Thai, with food de­rived from the re­gions the Mekong river flows into. While the Thai, a lim­ited se­lec­tion of ba­sic cur­ries, is noth­ing to write home about, their Viet­namese and Chi­nese menus are brief, varied and clev­erly de­signed. At Ho­tel Pal­la­dium, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel Tel 02261628001 Cost for two Rs 5, 000

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