Mumbai: One for the suburbs

Mosate is the first mid-range Pan-Asian restaurant to open in Khar.

Anamika Butalia | Print Edition: April 4, 2010

The name Mosate is a Thai reference for "royal village", and this restaurant offers an experience befitting royals. Nestled in posh Pali Hill, Mosate is the brainchild of father-son duo Narendra and Avinash Bhatia, builders by profession. Mosate replaces the 14-year-old pub, Club IX, which also belonged to this duo. Sensing the dearth of a good Pan-Asian restaurant in the Andheri-Bandra belt, the Bhatias decided to set up Mosate. Avinash Bhatia, 25, who claims the restaurant as his "baby", says the idea was to introduce an affordable fine dining experience, comparable to Pan-Asian restaurants in five-star hotels. The restaurant opened to diners in February.

And they haven’t left any stone unturned when it comes to the interiors—done up with warm wooden frames, dull gold Thai statuettes, marble walls, and bowls filled with flowers and floating candles on every table using the facade of muted lights. The restaurant has an L-shaped floor plan, covers 2,500 sq. ft (including the kitchen and functional bar area) and seats 75 at a go.

The L-angle is a semi-private dining area that can host up to 12 people for a minimum order of Rs 10,000. Go course-by-course to ensure that you don’t skip any of the goodies. Try the Mushroom Soup with Chicken Sui Mai (dimsums) and Sliced Fish in Hot Basil Sauce (dry). The Burmese Khowsuey (chicken/ prawn) is a delight as is the Fish in Mochi Sauce (usually, a pomfret) that goes well with steamed rice. Dessert options are few here, but then one can never go wrong with the Gooey Chocolate Cake or the Blueberry Cheesecake.

The dedication of the duo ensures that the food and service is constantly evolving—Mosate will have a fresher menu (with additions of suggested favourites) in April.

ADDRESS: Raja Hotels & Co., Club 9, Jharna Apts, Dr Ambedkar Road, (Pali Hill), Khar (West), Mumbai-400 052; Tel: 022-2646 5133/ 34

Timings: 12.30 to 3.30 p.m. & 7.30 to 12.30 p.m.

Meal for two: Rs 2,000 (excluding alcohol)

MUST-TRY: Chicken Khowsuey, Sliced Fish with Hot Basil Sauce

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