Never judge a book by its cover. This saying couldn’t hold more true when it comes to Hotel Mirador. A Four star Hotel in Chakala, Andheri East, yet it offers some of the best food in the city. Tangerine the previous restaurant has now given way to a Pan-Asian speciality restaurant, ‘House of Asia’.
The bright and vibrant ambience gives a good-feel immediately as you enter this cosy eatery. The spread is an exercise in choices. Delicacies from all parts of South East Asia and more are on offer.
The chicken and fish tepanyaki made on the “teppan” or iron plate, we tried were delightful. Each flavour was distinct and wowed our taste buds. I have never enjoyed vegetarian dim sums more. The filling was delectable as was the translucent covering with potato starch.
The Thai red curry that I sampled here with streamed rice is easily one of the best and most authentic. The freshly ground paste replete with galangal, basil, kaffir leaves and other spices was a treat for the taste buds. Equally unique was the terriyaki fried rice with veggies. Authentic flavours, aromas and textures make a meal at this restaurant memorable.
Other signature dishes like the Tom Yum Goong , Thai Crispy Chicken with Basil, Steamed Chicken Rice in Lotus Leaf are again a must-try.
House of Asia takes you on a gastronomic tour of the East with recipes spanning across various countries (China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia, Singapore, Vietnam and India). The warm and affable Executive Chef Ajay Dewali, patiently explains each dish and makes recommendations which make your meal even more enjoyable. The F&B Manager Krishna Rao, well versed with food, is a storehouse of knowledge.
Chef Dewali and Chef Vilas Shetkar, Sous Chef, who have trained exclusively in Chiang Mai, Thailand under Master-Chef Sompon in ChiangMaiThaiCookerySchool, one of the best culinary schools of Thailand have together created culinary magic.
It is a treat to watch the chefs at the live stations dishing out exotic fare in minutes. The focus is on quality and wholesome ingredients and that is evident in the taste of the dishes.
An absolute value for money meal of the highest quality, with myriad flavours and textures, is what you can safely look forward to at ‘House of Asia.’ If only it was next to my house, I’d go there everyday. If you enjoy Oriental food, do not miss this place.