-By Rashmi Uday Singh
It is the city’s only restaurant serving the deadly, poisonous, celebrated, expensive Fugu (yes! Chef Kato is licensed). The Japanese restaurant of the Four Seasons is perched on the top level of San-Qi. Chinese, Thai and Indian are served at the lower level and Japanese on the upper deck. A dramatic staircase connects the two, with walls of glass bottles and Martini glasses. It is Mumbai’s largest and best-looking Japanese restaurant. You can choose to sit at either of the two counters - Teppanyaki and Sushi - or at the tables. Fresh and sliced to perfection is their wide selection of sashimi. I recommend Tsukiji Harvest Sushi - fresh and well made with the perfect ingredients. A funky tasty Cube Sushi of Eel and Avocado is well done too. Black Truffle Chawanmushi with Clams and Mushrooms is good too. Spider Roll, Philadelphia Roll, Green Dragon Roll, Spicy Tofu Roll, Umekyu Roll (veg roll: Takwan and Plum), Mushroom and Chicken Gyoza are the other specialties. Some of the sushi (like Crunchy Sushi) don’t quite add up to much. Teppanyaki (Scottish Salmon, Scallop, Toro) is a must try for Teppanyaki buffs. With contemporized style of presentation, it offers short comprehensive lunch and dinner menus (Omakase) too. Remember that it can get expensive, because the portions are not large. Service is attentive but can get slow. The ambience seduces. P.S. Three pots of Green Tea (Rs.275+) at dinner time and the veg and non-veg VFM Bento Box lunches (Non-Veg: Rs.1,150, Veg: Rs.990); Domburi Rs.1,150+, Udon Green eel bowl Rs.1,750+ (variations of chicken, fish and prawns) are good to order. Same for the seven-course menu Omakase Rs.4,000+ (veg and non-veg).
Review posted more than 6 month ago
San-Qi – the three energies. Well most would describe it representing the Pan Asian cuisines it has to offer - Japanese, Indian and Thai. For me it was the aura of the place, full of energy. As we entered the restaurant, we were greeted and escorted to a quaint little place by the wall full of wine bottles and martini glasses. Let me remind you, this was the level of service when we were fashionably late for the reservation by 90 minutes. My justification, well you need to take your time to wear the very best for a place like this.
On walking in, I saw the open kitchen and my joy grew by leaps and bounds. I love the sight of my food being prepared before my eyes. Food appreciated with all your senses adds to the entire eating occasion. With Highway Chicken Tikka being put up on skewers, now all I wanted was to just get a whiff of the aroma while they were being cooked just for me.
So with really fond memories of eating Salmon, I seize the moment and order it. Turns out, I didn’t quite like it. The sole reason it being a cold platter. Moving on we ordered the Kang Ped Goong-Prawn Red Curry with Jasmine Rice which was put together impeccably. A savior post the Salmon, with the perfect mouth feel. Many don’t know the secret to cooking prawns just right, soft yet with a bite to them and when that is combined with beautiful ingredients, it was magic.
Contemplating on the desserts we ordered the Chocolate fondant, a complete showstopper. Silky smooth chocolate baked in a moist crumbly chocolate cake with bitter chocolate ice cream. With the very first pierce out came the molten chocolate oozing. A sight to behold and then when I just couldn’t resist it anymore took a big spoon full of all there was to the desert. The experience, too difficult to describe but I’m sure the pictures will tell you more of the story.
Well, I flirted with my little adventure at San-Qi which turned out to be a totally delightful experience.
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Chocolate Fondant a must try.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
I recently visited San Qi and the experience was just outstanding.
The ambiance is very nice, the restaurant feels large and airy and has a lot of greenery around it.
They take service to another level. The staff is very attentive and polite. A case in point is that we mentioned that we really liked the Wanton Chips that they served and when we were leaving the restaurant they gave us a bag full of the same chips on the house.
We ordered a combination of Thai and Chinese and the food did not disappoint at all. The portions and flavors were just right.
It's a must visit for any lover of Pan Asian food in Bombay.
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