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Restaurant Review: Seven, Shangri-La Mumbai

  By KARINA AGGARWAL   Jan 10th 2013 at 6:00AM Lifestyle RATED

What's hot:

The selection of sushi is minimal but faultless. A platter of flavourful maki, sashimi and nigiri is the way to go.

What's not:

We've got no complaints yet.

Luxpresso verdict:

The quality of the sea food at Seven is exquisite, as is the dessert spread.

EDITOR'S RATING:

 

Restaurant Review: Seven, Shangri-La Mumbai
The cheese board at Seven, Shangri-La Mumbai


It's been a long wait for the famed Shangri-La Hotel to come to Mumbai. Last month, the international luxury hotel chain finally opened its hallowed halls to guests. Located above Palladium mall in Lower Parel, only a few floors of the property are currently operational. The rest of the space is slated to open later this year. At its full capacity the hotel will hold 390 rooms and as far as plans go, three new restaurants will be unveiled in due course. We've heard whispers of an exclusive whisky bar in the works, but we'll just have to hold our breaths a little longer.
 
For now, guests can choose between the Lobby Lounge, Ekayana or Seven. Private and comfortable, the Lobby Lounge is the ideal spot for light bites to go with a pot of tea. On offer are 36 varieties of teas from all over the world. Cosy and quiet, Ekayana currently operates as the Wine Lounge.

The Seven Islands of SEVEN

The Shangri-La's current favourite dining spot is the all-day-dining restaurant, Seven. Named as an allusion to the seven islands of Mumbai, the restaurant has seven different culinary counters spread out across its impressive expanse. Offering over 200 seats, Seven is well put together - spacious, yet warm.

Restaurant Review: Seven, Shangri-La Mumbai
The seafood and charcuterie at Seven, Shangri-La Mumbai


Comfort food, Asian, Indian, charcuterie, sushi, live grill and of course desserts, all find a representation at the buffet here. There's even an exclusive vegetarian island with a wood-fired oven and all sorts of kebabs. It is the attention to detail by Executive Chef Geoff Simmons and his team that makes this buffet a real treat. From the salads served in little jam jars, to the oft-missing but oh-so-important saalan with the biryani, or the live cotton candy and waffle counter, the attentive and impeccable service only heightens the experience.
 
Our recommendations: The selection of sushi is minimal but faultless. A platter of flavourful maki, sashimi and nigiri is the way to go. The quality of the sea food at Seven is exquisite.  Also try an assortment of dim sum after a bowl of steaming tom yum soup.  Shawarmas, kebabs, biryani and grilled tenderloin & prawns are our other picks. Ask the wine sommelier, Thomas Lefebvre, to suggest the perfect wine to go with your meal.
 
Save space for dessert. There's an impressive range of desserts on display with a few quirky items thrown in for good measure, such as the milk and dark chocolate fountains, the ice cream wheel, a cupcake tower with jelly beans and Smarties for sprinkles, and my favourite - the freshly spun cotton candy.
 
Weekdays:  Breakfast: Rs 1,150; Lunch: Rs 1,550; Dinner: Rs 1,750 (prices are exclusive of taxes).

Sunday Brunch: Without alcohol: Rs 2,250; With alcohol: Rs 2, 950 (prices are exclusive of taxes).

 

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