Ask us about the restaurants in and around Goregaon and Malad where we love to pop by, and we will say that in this area, Westin’s restaurants are among our favourites. We recently reviewed the Kangan a la carte menu and it left us speechless with superb Indian food. This time around, we visited another buzzing restaurant in Westin Mumbai: Seasonal Tastes. The Sunday Brunch buffet had an enormous spread, with approximately 150+ items in the menu, not counting accompaniments, dips, garnishes, etc.
The restaurant is very spacious and naturally well-lit, owing to the glass walls. While enjoying your meal in your cosy corner of Seasonal Tastes at Westin Mumbai and looking through the transparent glass wall, take a look of Goregaon from the 18th floor of Westin. And if it is raining, your day is made!
Sunday brunches are laid-back and a fun experience here. Seasonal Tastes serves global cuisine. While one section of the buffet displays Asian delicacies, others showcase Indian, Mediterranean, Continental, etc. We chose our meals with the “Cocktail of the Day”, which happened to be the Blue Lagoon. Later, we tasted the herb-infused Peach Martini too. While the wonderful Vodka-based Peach Martini was aromatic and slightly sour, we loved the Blue Curaçao and Vodka-based Blue Lagoon for its colour, freshness and flavour.
We skipped the Tom Yum Vegetable Soup and the Ginger Fried Rice. The Crab Cheese Wonton was crisp enough to eat, but failed to impress us in terms of taste. On the other hand, the Crispy Congee Lotus Stem was a welcome start to our Asian palate. The sweet, salty and spicy taste was just the perfect start of a hearty brunch on a rainy Sunday!
The Satay Counter was well-equipped and the service was fast. We tried some Prawn and Chicken Satays, which were good, but could have been better. Another live counter displayed a wonderfully roasted golden brown and crispy Peking Duck!
With deep foodie respect for a nicely roasted Peking Duck, we straightaway ordered two Mandarin Pancakes (behind the Peach Martini in the second picture from top). The wraps had pieces of the Peking Duck meat, with a dash of sweetness from Plum Sauce and a bit sourness from Hoisin. The star of the day, the Peking Duck, was very good indeed, but if you don’t like your meat to be on the sweeter side, ask them to make it a bit spicy. We liked it as it was served to us, though. By the way, whenever Peking Duck is not there in the Sunday Brunch menu (they keep rotating the dishes in the brunch menu), they serve an equally gluttonous dish of slow-roast Pork Belly in its place!
We ordered dimsums from the Dimsum Live Counter in the Asian section, and those were very comforting. Both the Chicken and Prawn dimsums were spot-on in flavour. In the Asian counter, we had Main-course dishes like Egg Flat Noodles with Black Bean, Chicken in Fragrant Chilli Sauce and Seafood in XO Sauce. I loved the Seafood in XO Sauce, which was bursting with loads of seafood flavour, though I felt that the XO Sauce was a bit toned down in terms of the distinctively rich dried-scallop-and-pork flavour in the sauce. Still we loved the dish.
Both the Vegetable Thai Green Curry and the Sautéed Mushrooms in Sweet Soya Sauce were fantastic, though texture- and flavour-wise, the latter was my favourite for the love of white fungus! After tasting these two pleasing dishes, the Four Treasure Vegetables tasted okayish.
Then there were smoothies, which we completely skipped as there were a huge array of interesting dishes to try. But if you are a fan of smoothies, do try the Berry Smoothie, Banana Walnut Smoothie or the Mango Smoothie. Needless to say, these smoothies were great hit with kids.
Moving on to the Appetisers, the Prawn with Broccoli and Pok Choy looked interesting. There were other dishes such as Tuna with Asparagus and Babycorn or the Spicy Tofu with Pineapple and Scallion Salsa, which had a hint of freshness and were delicious, yet light!
Really, you ought to try some appetisers here! The Beetroot with Pepper and Asparagus was a very interesting vegetarian appetiser. It was simply freshness in your mouth. Although I didn’t quite like the Chicken with Red Cabbage and Scallions, but the Chicken Caesar Salad was good. Similarly, Mixed Seafood with Sweet Potato and Tomato Salsa was packed with punch. I loved the sweetness of the sweet potato, and in combination with the tangy tomato salsa, the mixed seafood salad was a great appetiser.
For the health-conscious people, there were enough options. One such example was the Sprouts Bar, where one could suggest their choice of ingredients and the staff would make the same accordingly. For raw-food lovers, there is a whole range of Sushi and Sashimi here. We tried some of these and loved each of them for the quality, colour and freshness.
Try their Asparagus and Salmon Futomaki, Pepper and Cream Cheese Uramaki, Tempura Crab Uramaki and Cucumber and Mixed Fruit Wrap. The Japanese dishes had the right amount of Umami to keep you coming back to this place again and again.
The Mezze Station was very tempting. We tried both the Plain Pita and Fried Pita with Harissa, Muhammara, Hummus and some Garlic Labneh. Each dish in this station was well-executed.
The Grilled Zucchini with Green Bean and Bocconcini was topped with toasted pinenuts, and was a pleasure to have.
We were also served a delicious Khow Suey on our table. It was tangy, spicy and extremely comforting. The Thai Som Tam was another Asian favourite here. There were many other dishes to try, but we skipped those. What we couldn’t resist was the beautifully presented Sweet and Sour Brown Rice Salad. It came in a cute little jar and was fresh and light in flavour.
On the main course, the first dish that we tried was the South-Indian Idiyappam with Kerala Chicken Stew from their live counter.
The Afghan-special dishes were truly delectable. We tried the Turkish dish called Sigara Boregi, which was cheesy and herbilicious. These fried spring rolls were definitely very addictive. There was a separate Carving Station for Samak Harra Fish, perfect for Lebanese food lovers.
For the unadventurous eater, there was a flavourful Chicken Biryani, and if you are of the completely opposite nature, try the Zoomba Pulav instead. We never heard of this Pulav before, so we were quite interested to taste this dish. A whole leg of lamb was used to make this aromatic pulav. While serving, the chef would carve the meat and serve us with the pulav rice. The meat was spicy, fall-off-the-bone and very flavourful. The rice was well-cooked yet each grain were separate and aromatic. This was a unique experience. For us, it was the dish of the day!
There was an interesting Naanza Counter. When the Indian Bread meets the Italian Pizza, what we get is the Naanza! The Nanzas were available with various veg and non-veg toppings. The breads used as the base for Nanza are Shirmaal, Kulcha, Masala Naan and Kaftan. How interesting was that!
The temptation of the dessert menu was too much to bear, as I hemmed and hawed at the dessert counter indecisively. If you somehow managed to not fill up on drinks, appetizers and main course, there is a whole kingdom of desserts out there. The desserts at Seasonal Tastes were more than enough to satisfy even my voracious sweet tooth. The Milk Cake, Linzer Torte and the Caramelised Banana Tart were exceptional.
The Gianduti was sinful and chocolate-laden indeed. It was one of the best desserts in the menu. We also loved the Saffron Pannacotta a lot. But, one of the best dishes that truly shone in the elaborate dessert was the Raspberry Mango Coconut. Each bite of this had an explosion of sweet, tart and creamy flavours, weaved together in a smooth and light cake.
More drop-dead gorgeous cakes, such as the Blackberry Charlotte, Raspberry Butterscotch and the Baked Cheesecake displayed alluringly at the counter. I devoured every last smudge of the Hazelnut Mousse with Coffee Crumble and the Chocolate Silk Cake. The desserts were lovely indeed!
Among the Indian desserts, there were many to choose from. Be it the Malpuas with Rabdi or the Dal Badam Halwa, they perfectly nailed the Indian sweet dishes. The sweets such as Chocolate Burfi, Pista Diamond, Kesar Kalakand, Kaju Kalash and Mango Sandesh were of the best quality. But for me, enjoying those perfectly spongy Rasgullas (Rosogollas) was an experience that was second to none!
The huge Sunday Brunch spread at Seasonal Tastes, Westin Mumbai, lived up to our expectations. Although the flavours of a few of the dishes needed more punch, most of the offerings were bang on! The sushi and sashimi spread itself is quite elaborate. The menu is well-planned and well-balanced, with a lot of emphasis on greens. The dessert counter itself is enough to give you a food coma. Overall, we would definitely recommend Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Mumbai Garden City for a relaxing and hearty Sunday Brunch experience.
For reservations, call 022-67361801.
Address: The Westin Mumbai Garden City, International Business Park, Oberoi Garden City, Goregaon East, Mumbai.
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