We met Chef Nilesh Limaye at a restaurant where he is currently the consultant chef. Among all the Pan Asian fare that arrived from his kitchen, what we particularly loved was the fried eggplant platter. We remarked how close the flavours of the dish were to the Indian palate, and indeed, it was because the appetizer was inspired by the Mumbai Bhel. This one was an eggplant and peanut snack made the Pan-Asian way.
Even by a Thai gourmet chef’s admission, the best Thai food is found on the city streets. Perhaps to replicate the experience, Spices at JW Marriott has turned its expansive restaurant floor into a Thai street food joint, replete with a Thai barbeque station, Pad Thai station, pork belly station, Thai curry station and rice station. All this executed under the supervision of Suriya Phusirimongkhonchai, a shy but able Thai dessert chef who has only recently come to Mumbai.