During our incredible weekend stay at Taj Santacruz, we dined at Tiqri, China Inc, and Rivea. Rivea, the very sound of which is Italian, is a European Diner, wherein, Tiqri offers both Indian and continental. From awe-inspiring crystal-pendant chandeliers to an enticing food menu, these restaurants bring you the best of local and international. We don’t know what impressed us more, the grand setting or the warm hospitality. Food, of course, was a culinary treat of its kind. What we love about Taj, in general, is the effort that Chefs put in, to bring out the authentic flavours. From using age-old cooking techniques to employing modern-age equipment, Taj Kitchens, are a wonderland of gastronomy. Here’s a rundown of three rad restaurants inside Taj Santacruz which will take your palate by a storm.
Rivea, the Italian Ristorante
Rivea was a nostalgic throwback to our leisurely Italian dinner, back when, we were travelling in Italy. We were glad to see that Taj Santacruz Chefs take food as seriously, as Italians do. With so many specialities to try from, every dish withholds a story of an Italian city. For a traditional Italian dining experience, we suggest you try all 5 food courses. Traditional Italian meals last for up to three hours, allowing sufficient time for mealtime togetherness. Rivea was our chance to experience, the Italian culture and it didn’t fail us.
When dining at Rivea, you ‘simply’ can’t ignore the Wine-wall flaunting 60 types of Spanish, Italian, and French wines. That, along with Enoteca, an exquisite Wine Library! Our dinner turned out to be a feast of olive oil, leitmotif, rosemary, sage, marjoram, and thyme, in variable proportions. Do try the Goat Cheese Ravioli, Genovese Minestrone, Fresh Pesto, Classical Bouillabaisse, and Garlic Brioche Croutons on your next trip.
Tiqri Bar & Lounge
We love continental cuisine but, Tiqri introduced us to both authentic Maharashtrian, as well as, the global flavours. All throughout, we kept gazing at the giant 60 ft tall and 40 ft wide Tiqri art form forming a tree of life. This “Tree of Life” is in fact, created from 4,000 pieces of broken glasses which represent the authentic Rajasthani tiqri art form. Tiqri serves dinner buffet on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays although, the Sunday brunch is their ultimate showstopper. Priced at INR 2,250 per person without alcohol and INR 3,499- or 3,999- with Brut or Rosé Champagne, Tiqri without a doubt, is the best Diner in Santacruz.
China INC, by Taj Santacruz, specialises in Sichuan cuisine. Some of the best dishes to try here would be the Sichuan Chicken, Five Spice Tofu, and Asparagus Pearls. Also, Skewered Chilli Butter Garlic Prawns, Truffle Dumplings, and Steamed Edamame. For a perfect wining and dining experience, pair your food with the fine Italian Spumante, Merlot, Pinot Noir, or the German Riesling Wine. We tried the signature cocktails Szechuan Smash and Sanlituntini, on one day. While, on the other day, we savoured some refreshing hot speciality tea.