Avni Mehrotra

reformed journalist

disgruntled restaurant marketer
 
always hungry, always foolish
Brunch Review: Westin Mumbai Garden City

Brunch Review: Westin Mumbai Garden City

New Yorkers recently confessed that brunches were one of the primary reasons they were robbed off their salaries every month. But admit it—anyone who has been to a brunch yearns to go back the next Sunday.

Albeit a luxury which couples, parents or families indulge in, the trend of a relaxed brunch is not far-fetched by the younger generation, which deserves this gastro-pampering every now and then.

I have a soft spot for Westin, Mumbai and Delhi, but I detest the idea of travelling, only in Mumbai. Fellow Mumbaikars, I know you agree with me. But if your father decides to drive you all the way to Goregaon, for a culinary extravaganza at Seasonal Tastes, Westin Mumbai, then things are different.

The view

Offering a beautiful view of the Sanjay Gandhi National park and the Western Express Highway, Westin is one of the select places in Mumbai which lets you dine with a view. Plus the location on the 18th floor makes for a brightly-lit brunch. Make sure you book a window table.

The food

A spread larger than many wedding buffets, the cuisines ranged from simple Indian with varities like chaat, pindi chhole, dahi bhalla to the more elaborate tepinyaki and tempura stations. The mezze counters, cheese selections and Oriental stations were where I spent most of my time, while my father was happy at their Indian outpost, Kangan, which opens during the day, especially for the Sunday brunch.

The live stations at every cuisine cater to the bespoke choices of their discerning clientele, be it getting the al dante as per your preference or adding the extra dash of hari chutney to the humble sev puri. I was equally bowled over by their dahi poori , as much as I loved their made-to-taste Oriental soup and the pasta topped with sauces and toppings of my choice.

The drinks

Select liqueur, ranging from some delectable house wines to international varieties and the choicest of spirits and malts, accompany the food, international cheeses or breads, as you prefer. I had my hands full with this lovely cheese platter and a finely paired Grover Zampa red wine while my father sipped his beer and binged on some kebabs.

 

The desserts

Do save room for desserts as there is an assorted counter dedicated strictly to some wonderful saccharine choices, right from eggless to gluten free and sugar free varieties. A dish receommended by our server, which especially stood out was the malpua with rabdi while I particularly loved their tiramisu and chocolate truffle.

Why Westin Mumbai Sunday Brunch?

The best part about the brunch is that the food is varied, yet restricts to simple varieties which every cuisine is known for. You can possibly not have a North Indian counter without having the humble black dal, here, known as Dal Kangan, which is the USP of their Indian restaurant. You hear Mexican and you think tacos, or dahi bhalla the minute someone says Delhi. The cuisines are varied to entice you, but the dishes are restricted to not confuse you, something which no one needs to wrap up their week. Also, they have a large kid’s area, with games and toys to keep the little ones entertained.

For townies here’s a word of motivation—Instead of going out of Bombay for a day-long picnic, why not take a 45 minute drive to Goregaon? You will get some delicious food and wine, with excellent hospitality, 4 hours of pampering with a stunning view of the Western ghats. Sounds like a picnic to me!

Where-Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Mumbai Garden City, Goregaon

Cost- Rs 2400 plus taxes with alcohol and Rs. 2000 plus taxes without alcohol

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