Sitting prettily in the affluent neighborhood of Santacruz West, Zenmai has everything you would want a snazzy new entrant in the culinary landscape of Mumbai to be. Simply walking through the doors of this Asian-themed restaurant immediately transports you to an Oriental setting that’s rather cosmopolitan for its bold use of colors.
Chic art-deco-inspired interiors with strategically placed Oriental elements peppered all around gives this place an undeniable opulence and a very aesthetically pleasing ambiance that is ideal for cozy brunches as it is for fine dining after dusk.
This stellar restaurant is one of those gorgeous dining destinations in the city that are known for their picture-perfect outdoor as well as indoor seating areas. Upon entering, you walk directly into the large and airy outdoor seating area enveloped in creepers and palms, with a majestic statue of Buddha as the highlight of the space. And just as you would expect, the indoor seating also offers a charming dining space accented with interesting design elements.
Seeing the awe-inspiring décor, attentive staff, and oh-so-delicious food, it’s quite evident that the team behind Zenmai has left no stone unturned. Their carefully curated menu offers a handpicked selection of popular Asian delights that are sure to wow you with their mélange of piquant flavors and crafty presentations.
Listing down just one or two best delicacies from their Asian treasure trove of a menu is not an easy task but, in the spirit of helping out fellow foodies, here are some of our absolute favorites from Zenmai that every Asian food lover ‘must try’.
Their hearty Scallion Ginger Chicken Salad featuring a melange of bursting fresh flavors is the perfect indulgence to start your gastronomic journey here.
Another great choice is their Seaweed Prawn Cakes that usually comes with a cream cheese sauce and is a real treat for your taste buds as well as your eyes.
Vegetarians are sure to love their Spiced Onion Cakes that are cooked to perfection and served with their in-house spicy sauce. Salt & Pepper Tofu made by tossing in their homemade sauce offers an exquisite balance of flavors & textures.
Zenmai special Baked Sesame Pockets served with your choice of filling (vegetarian/duck) is a sumptuous delight we highly recommend. And so is their heavenly Hamachi Sashimi served with Truffle Ponzu & Wasabi.
Their Soft Shell Crab is also a delight that is sure to make you salivate with its tantalizing aroma and amazing taste.
If you are a Ramen connoisseur, you are going to fall in love with their glorious section that offers varied options to suit your palate.
We love a whole lot of their main course curations but their traditional Yaki Soba Noodles tossed with Asian Spices is a dangerous dish because one taste and this preparation are forever going to haunt your dreams (in a good way!). Super delish, with veggies cooked to perfection, chicken nice tender & juicy, and prawns cooked in the right way.
Coming to desserts, they have an extensive selection of those too, but we absolutely love their decadent Dark Chocolate Ganache featuring velvety smooth choco ganache layered on a crunch & berry compote, simply divine (insert Italian chef’s kiss here)!
Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.
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