Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Rest : Celini
Meal : Dinner
Location: Grand Hyatt, Kalina

The location for the hotel is terrible but it is fairly quick to get to even though its in Kalina. The Hyatt has one of the best coffee shops i have ever been to, the gourmet sandwiches are just mind boggling.

Chose to dine at Celini which i have heard fairly good things about so far. They had a Sicilian festival going on at that point however i did not choose anything from that menu except for the wine.

Overall the menu is fairly expansive and covers plenty of options for everyone.

Celini is a place laid out by idiots. How chains the Hyatt can make such an elementary mistake with the layout of a restaurant ill never know.

A bunch of chairs and tables in the corner of the lobby adjoining China House. Once seated you can actually feel the gaze from folk walking around in the lobby. Very goldfishy. If you sit with your back to the lobby you pretend you are in a 'proper' restaurant.

There is no real ambiance or feel to write of, the place has very little character of any kind. The service is friendly but pretty slow, there didn't seem to be enough folks on the staff though we were a little early at 7.30

I started with a glass of Sicilian wine Nero Davola, fruity, didn't feel like it was time for it to be consumed. Anyway next was the mushroom and goat cheese salad with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Excellent stuff this, the cheese plays with the mushrooms and u get a little sweetness with the balsam. Complex stuff.

The entrees were the ravioli stuffed with spinach in a sun dried tomato cream. Terribly done. I got it luke warm, it would have tasted much better otherwise. Either way there was not much to it, fairly simple dish but still disappointing.

The wild mushroom risotto in gorgonzola was absolutely out of this world. No words to say how good this was, one must just go and experience it.

The food has potential, however the ambiance is terrible and the service is patchy.

Food 8/10
Service 6/10
Damage was fairly severe 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 2 glasses of wine at 3000.

Grand Hyatt Mumbai,
Off Western Express Highway,
Santacruz (E), Mumbai


nandita said...

My first impression was that this is part of a lobby - only later did I see people eating :)

Gaurav said...

yeah, i think its just the hotel being cheap and throwing chairs into the lobby.

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