Sofitel Mumbai BKC brings to the city Tastes of Thailand with all the possible fun fare that they could. Chef Dungjumpa and Chef Tavornaroonrat from SO Sofitel Bankok have flown down to Mumbai with over 30kgs of exotic ingredients that would make your Thai food experience authentic and mesmerizing.
We had a chance to visit Pondicherry café on the opening night of the festival and cherish what seemed to be a dream Thai meal. While Chef Dungjumpa in his broken English tried to give us some insights to the food served this given evening, we could not help savor his preps.
From the designers perspective!
Pondicherry café located on the ground floor of this 14-storied French hotel is its 24-hour restaurant. It is a quite spacious café with abundant seating, which could delightfully host small and large groups or even a meal for two. Isabella Miaja has designed the place with French elegance evidentially taking inspiration from old school French décor and giving the café name Pondicherry (a French colony) its essence. The wooden tables, golden upholstered seating, carpeted floor, a cylindrical glass wine cellar, artistic wall décor and a buffet station sums up the place. The entrance was temporarily clad with Thai décor like the facial depictions from the characters of Samudra Manthan or Ramayana. They have a space with a cutout of the tuk tuk where you can happily click yourself too.
For the love of food!
The buffet menu had a Thai spread and an Indian spread. Since we were there more specifically for the Thai food festival we personally chose to stuff ourselves with the same. Authenticity was given the most importance in the entire menu. Soup Puck (Vegetable clear soup), Pad pak ruam (Stir fried missed vegetables), Gang kiew wan puck (Thai green curry), Steamed jasmine rice, Stir fried noodles, Som Tam salad, assorted dim sum’s were the major Thai preps (vegetarian) on the menu for the evening.
Thai food is similar to Indian food in one definite way; it is rich in spices and very flavourful. The green thai curry was one of the finest we have had with the perfect taste and flavor and went amazing well with the steamed jasmine rice.
Som Tam is a thai specialty salad with a strong groundnut flavouring and is a good try. Vegetarians be sure to tell them not to use fish oil for the salad.
The Dim Sum’s served at the table had a very thin batter covering and were perfectly steamed. They did not have a strong taste but an amazing flavour. The sauces did the trick. Our best pick was the water chestnut dim sum.
And what a spread they had! Desserts were the best part of this buffet dinner. They have a special live desert called the Himalayan honeycomb which was lipsmacking and made us ask for more. Florentine slice france also requires a special mention. We recommend going to them even if they were serving just desserts. Must Try!
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The marketing team gave us a warm welcome and a tour of the café while telling us a little about the hotel before leaving us with the food. The staff was diligent and informative of the food they were serving. All most what you expect of a luxury hotel.
Hawk eye view!
The Tastes of Thailand festival was an absolute pleasure to attend and would surely visit them again for we would love to engage in the other cuisines they serve with their buffet and a la carte.
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