Choosing what restaurant to visit when in Mumbai can be a little intimidating. A huge variety of cuisine is on offer to satisfy the international mix of people that call Mumbai home. There are so many types of establishments ranging from the ‘hole in the wall’ that can turnout to be a little gem, restaurants that have been around forever and feature on many ‘must visit’ lists, and a constant stream of new restaurants that pop up all over the city. There are just so many options.
Another factor in Mumbai that I have not noticed in other cities is that many of the popular high-end hotels have restaurants that are very popular with non-staying guests. The Trident Hotel at the Bandra Kurla Complex is one such example. I recently enjoyed a meal with some girlfriends at the O22 following a meeting at the hotel and was surprised to see how full the restaurant was over the lunchtime period.
Evidently the restaurant derives its name from the telephone code for Mumbai, I figured there had to be some kind of explanation, as I couldn’t think of anything food related. The O22 is the main restaurant for The Trident, a 5 star hotel, and serves a variety of food, specializing in offerings from the Far East and the Mediterranean. Just to the right of the main hotel lobby, the restaurant has two levels, the main section being on the ground level, and a small outside terrace that can be set up for events. Even though on the day we visited when there were quite a few diners enjoying lunch, the staff still seemed to out number guests by a 2:1 ratio at least.
This restaurant is known for its buffets, especially on Sundays. We wandered over to the lunch buffet set up the day of our visit but we were a little intimidated by the huge selection of foods on offer. I find the temptation when the display of food looks so good is to taste too many of the delicious variety of foods and so we decided to go al la carte for our lunch. The three-page menu certainly had plenty of options. Alongside the normal salads, wraps, and sandwiches there were pizza and pasta sections and also an Asian and an Indian. The fish and chips, crumb fried with tartare sauce for Rupees 1275 (GBP 13) caught my eye but I resisted and went instead for the O22 club with chicken tikka, masala omelette, and tomato chutney at Rupees 795 (GBP 8). My dining companions selected a bowl of the mulligatawny soup and a Kathi Roll with paneer.
I love the mild flavor of a chicken tikka when you can taste descent-sized chunks of chicken that has been marinated in spices and yogurt to give it a creamy taste. Sometimes I find the bright orange color a little off putting, but this tomato and coriander base must have been a little milder as combined with the omelette my plate looked colorful but not florescent.
I must say that Mulligatawny soup is my idea of the best of British and Indian combined. The original recipe for this ‘pepper-water ‘to use it’s Tamil name, is a broth of chicken and lamb, with fried onions and curry powder. The updated version is usually a thicker soup, flavored with curry powder and with rice added. The vibrant green color of the soup, combined with the way that it was served with the chicken rice balls and a dash of yogurt swirled on top, looked very appetizing.
Finally our vegetarian girlfriend selected a Kathi roll with paneer, a staple ingredient in her diet to ensure she gets her protein. I loved the shape of plate and the attention to detail with the rolls served on a leaf, with the pretty chili and red pepper to compliment and adding to the atheistic. Red onion appears to be a very popular ingredient in Indian dishes. The inclusion of this ingredient did spark our debate on the dangers of eating raw foods during the monsoon season.
I enjoyed my lunch at The Trident and would return to sample more. The restaurant quite frequently runs promotions such as their sushi festival, or offers tied into various festivals or holidays. Their Sunday buffet that runs between 12.30pm -3.30pm sounds delicious with foods from around the world including an extensive dessert counter. The Sunday buffet is a set cost of Rupees 2550 without alcohol or 3550 with alcohol (GBP 26-36). The staff at the Trident is courteous, attentive, and extremely smart in the hotel uniforms. The casual feel of the dining area is inviting with tables spaced a good distance apart. Looking online at reviews I was impressed to see that the management of the restaurant had taken the time to reply to every review, thanking the reviewer or addressing the concern raised. Have you tried this restaurant? If so, please let me know your thoughts, and if not, then please go along and see what you are missing.
Location: C-56, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400051
Phone: 022 6672 7777
Hours: open 24 hours