Modern Pan Asian cuisine is what I expected to savour, as I stepped into the newly opened lounge-restaurant, Auriga, near Famous Studios, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. The elegant and chic décor bowled me over completely. The menu and the ambience both clearly are an amalgamation of Asia and the West.
Chef Nilesh Limaye’s contemporary Pan Asian menu for Auriga intrigued me at first glance. Innovative and unique, it was. There is something for every palate. The health-conscious can safely indulge themselves in steamed Baby corn and mushroom Siu Mai, Green Leafy Rolls, Mushroom and Bamboo Shoot Tapioca Dumpling and much more. For those of us who are not counting their calories, there is a lot to choose from. Cigarillos filled with Asian Spiced Broccoli and Water Chestnut or Edamame and Exotic Vegetables in Orange Ponzu Sauce are just some of the unique dishes.
Normal is boring, is clearly the mantra here. The flavours in each dish that we sampled were subtle yet, robust. It was heartening to hear that the sauces were all made in house without any MSG or artificial colours. Kudos. The fresh flavours and crunchiness of herbs made the food even more palate pleasing.
The vegetarian section is an exercise in choices. What’s more there is a separate kitchen for vegetarian food!
If one is in a hurry to grab a quick bite at lunch, there is a fairly exhaustive Meal in the bowl section. Khao Suey and Yellow Noodle with Tomatoes and Crispy Okra, are some of your interesting options.
Apart from some interesting Jasmine teas infused with exotic flavours, there are desserts galore. Chocolate and Mint Samosas, I thought were exceptional. Banana Strawberry Melt and Passionfruit Cheesecake are some others that are a must-try.
Kritika Nagpal’s maiden venture after several years in the hospitality industry, Auriga aka charioteer in Latin, is all set to redefine Mumbai’s lifestyle experience and lead the way. The service is quite good, from start to finish, with prompt responses, the food lip-smacking and the ambience caters to the youngsters, as well as family crowd. A winning formula all the way!