No.44

Wasabi By Morimoto

Mumbai, India

On the pass:

Head chef Sachin Poojary with Taj Mahal executive chef Amit Chowdhury (pictured)

Pastry chef:

Style of food:

Contemporary Japanese

Standout dish:

Avocado tartare

Contact:

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Apollo Bundar, Colaba, Mumbai 400001

+91 22 6665 3366
http://www.tajhotels.com/

Contemporary Japanese food in Mumbai's grandest hotel

Chief reason to visit: Regarded by many as India's finest Japanese restaurant, this stylish joint collaboration between 'iron chef' Masaharu Morimoto and the Taj Mahal Hotel’s now-retired Hemant Oberoi will please traditionalists and modernists in equal measure. Amit Chowdhury recently replaced Oberoi as the hotel’s executive chef, with Sachin Poojary as head of Wasabi.

What to order: The omakase menu has a contemporary slant with dishes such as black cod miso, pork kakuni (braised belly) and wasabi crème brûlée, while there is also a range of innovative meat- and fish-free options including tomato carpaccio with yuzu and soy dressing. Consultant chef Masasan Kobayashi can often be found chatting to diners at the sushi counter, which is fuelled by deliveries from Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, while Poojary works behind the teppanyaki grill.

A slice of history: Wasabi first opened in 2004 but was badly damaged in the Mumbai terrorist attack in 2008. It was revived in spectacular fashion in 2010 with a beautiful new interior design, combining polished wood, copper and a cherry blossom installation.

What else? The restaurant has some of the best views of the Gateway to India in Mumbai.

Bonus point: It's worth visiting for the drinks list alone, which has a superb selection of Japanese whiskies, sake and plum wines, plus a well-considered range of Japanese teas.

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