Food Bytes: House Of Asia And Chao Ban, Mumbai’s Latest Pan-Asian Restaurants

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Maki sushi
Buffet at House Of Asia
Buffet at House Of Asia

I love my foodie life! And more so over the last few months, when almost every week I see the opening of either a new restaurant, a new bar or those hybrids we know as restobars and gastropubs. And the last month has been no exception when I had the chance to eat at two new pan-Asian restaurants at the opposite ends of the city, where the distance between them is bridged by superb food and impeccable ambiance. And being the generous soul that I am, I can’t resist vicariously bringing all of you into my two discoveries…

House Of Asia
As part of the Hotel Mirador, House Of Asia takes you through the foodie magic of places like China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia, Singapore and Vietnam with its mindboggling array of delicacies that will have you drooling. The restaurant does both a buffet and an à la carte service for both lunch and dinner where you can eat your way through our continent where we literally worship our food.

House Of Asia
House Of Asia

What’s Hot: The Japanese miso soup, the Thai som tam salad, the Chinese pan fried crispy fish and the Korean stir fried chicken with chilly sauce.
What’s Not: The dessert selection is… well, to use a sound effect “meh!”. Boring and unimaginative, given the vast array of possibilities they could have incorporated.
How Much: Rs 1,300 for two (without alcohol and taxes)
Where: Housed in the Hotel Mirador on the New Link Road in Chakala, Andheri (East)
Contact: 022-30932030

Maki sushi
Maki sushi

Chao Ban
Replacing the ultra-popular Joss, Chao Ban is the brainchild of Global Kitchens and is a calming space where the accent is on the food which does a whole lot of talking. The menu is quite elaborate and although not dissimilar to the old Joss menu with plenty of dimsum and sushi, Chao Ban’s seems more refined and nuanced. The perfect place to enjoy a relaxed oriental meal and come back satisfied.

Chao Ban
Chao Ban

What’s Hot: The maki sushi rolls, the roast pork cheung fun, the Balinese fish, the prawn siu mai and the divine sweet custard dumplings for afters.
What’s Not: The service seriously needs to be revved up quite a few notches as it can get very lethargic and lackadaisical at times.
How Much: Rs 1,700 for two (without alcohol and taxes)
Where: Rampart Row, Ground Floor, 30, K. Dubhash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Colaba
Contact: 022-49150050/55

So, which are some of your favourite pan-Asian restaurants in the city?

A few pictures of the dishes may be for representational purposes only. Pics courtesy House Of Asia, Timeout Mumbai and Burrp.com

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Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.