Emperor’s Court, the Oriental speciality restaurant of Renaissance takes you on a dream date with Mumbai. Especially if, you decide to visit during lunchtime! I was in luck during my stay with Renaissance Mumbai when not only, did I get to luxuriate in a culture fascinated with food but also, had the pleasure to interact with Chef De Cuisine, Cham Hun, who showcased Asia’s ever-evolving gastronomic congruence on the plate.
As the name indicates, the Emperor’s court restaurant welcomes you to a sophisticated dining arrangement with most of the tables facing the Powai lake. The phenomenal views (from where I chose to sit) left me dazzled for, as long as, I was here. That accompanied with multiple rounds of dry Martini, prompt service, great food and ‘extremely’ helpful staff.
While I was here, Chef Cham Hun decided upon introducing me to an array of Oriental flavours prepared to perfection. The 3-course set menu kicked in with a Chicken Hot and Sour soup evincing a precise balance of spicy sourness.
Followed by a flavoursome-assortment of appetisers including the aromatic crispy lotus stem, prawns salt and pepper, Chong Qing chicken, and Edamame SuiMui, the traditional Chinese dumpling. Considering that I am a huge fan of seafood, the crispy lotus stem turned out to be a surprising standout. Absolutely ‘magnificent’ caramelized-crunch ‘dusted’ with roasted sesame! What can I say, Emperor’s Court has the food to match every occasion.
The main course was a blast of flavours as well! I was overwhelmingly delighted by the set menu which left me at the will of the Chef. Only when you put trust is when you get to taste the flavours as never before. For the main course, I was surprised by dishes such as the chilli bean scallops, Kung Bao chicken and Chinese green, served with simplistic Yangchow fried rice and stir fry noodles that will go with any gravy. While the chilli bean scallops were a fresh twist to the classic dish, the highly-addictive ‘Kung Bao’ chicken was cooked to crisp, juicy perfection. On the whole, each dish was creative, contemporary and exhibited a bold mélange of the Asian culinary heritage. You’d be slipshod to let go the rest of the menu, which by all means, is a willy-willy mystery tour through Asia’s regional cuisines.
Albeit, its the dessert from the final course that knocked off my socks! This stunning rendition of the traditional deep fried ice cream served with chocolate dim sum was the clear winner. Moreover, this overdose of deliciousness flaunted both a melange of ingredients and Chef Cham Hun’s refined plating skills to excite the palate.
Expect lots of fascinating textures which will please both the modernists and the conventionalists in equal measure. Besides, visiting the Emperor’s Court also means that Chef Ham Sun and the kitchen will go to any length to prepare your favourite meal with exclusively local ingredients cooked in a distinct style. Which, is what makes this, the best Oriental restaurant in Mumbai, and also my most favourite.