One of the ‘greatest’ advantages of staying at a lake view property is that it flaunts restaurants with ravishing views. Wherein, Renaissance the ‘ONLY’ lake view property in Mumbai is exceedingly flourishing with all the waterfront beauty in the world. So, on one of the sun-kissed noon’s during my stay, I decided to brunch at Lake View Cafe, the venue where an enviable-culinary theatre meets phenomenal lakescapes. (Imagine how good this restaurant must be, that it inspired the word lakescapes!) Coherently, I decided to go with the flow, let loose and relax. A thought that manifested, the moment I got hold of the LVC Signature cocktail that goes by the name, “By The Lake.” From Beefeater gin, in-house bitters, cucumber, orange slice, olives to smoked-rosemary, this ‘invigorating concoction’ is a splash, of ‘multifarious’ flavours.
Perched by the serene Powai Lake, Renaissance’s Lake View Cafe exhibits phenomenal views of the Hiranandani skyline. Something I cherished for a few hours, while I was here. That along with, an extensive showcase of Indian and continental selection that accentuates the overall dining experience in the company of engaging ambassadors. I have tried the buffet, as well as, the a la carte here and each time both the food and the hospitality were on the money. Although, during my recent stay at the hotel, I had the pleasure to meet the Executive Chef Sahil Arora who made my dining experience worthwhile by revealing the backstory of my favourite eating spot. A brief conversation with him implied culinary knowledge and how serious Marriott is, about the authenticity of their food.
Executive Chef Sahil Arora ensured that I cherished LVC’s authentic Oriental notes which, by the way, are not all the same. Although what got me intrigued was that on this day, I was cherishing a variety of Asian flavours in a European style setting with much of Mediterranean interiors and exteriors long-drawn-out in the background. And with fresher ingredients cooked with healthier techniques in the foreground, LVC had me experience the best of both the worlds.
I left it to Chef Arora to decide what he wants to cook but of the regular menu items, the 18-hours cooked lamb shanks are justly famous. Even though, on this day the kitchen had my interests detracted towards a subtle balance of what the Northerners and the Southerners eat.
Then the brunch kicked-off with the Michelin-styled Shui Zhu Fish, Red Wine Poached Pears, Arugula and Feta Salad and a simple stomach-filler of Betel leaf Baked Salmon with salsa verde. More Sichuan than Cantonese, covering a wide range of culinary traditions though! The Shui Zhu Fish or Sichuan Boiled Fish is one of the most popular dishes served in China’s Sichuan speciality restaurants.
At, the Lake View Cafe, the delicately fresh ‘fish-filets’ were flavoured exactly the way they are done, in China. Likewise, the Red Wine Poached Pears, Arugula and Feta Salad was a beautiful green salad poached in red wine and garnished with feta cheese and crunchy chopped nuts. It looked and tasted elegant, like an extension of the culinary party.
Lastly, I concluded my brunch with a classic Betel leaf Baked Salmon with salsa verde. This one was the standout dish of the day with a ‘unique’ lip-smacking coating crunch. (Worthy of the highest praise!) All in all, everything on the Lake View Cafe’s menu is worth honouring especially, the classic preparations and all along, the service and the lake views are exceptional. Big thanks to Renaissance Mumbai, Lake View Cafe, Bhairavi Jaiswal, and Monica Edara for hosting such wonderful times.