The new Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) in Mumbai’s slick BKC neighbourhood has become a hotspot for all things culture and entertainment—be it through staging exclusive art exhibitions or bringing internationally-acclaimed plays to the Indian audience. Now, it’s also poised to become the go-to destination for the city’s gourmands, with the chic Amadeo by Oberoi finding a place at the Centre.
NMACC’s first culinary offering, the new restaurant by The Oberoi Group has one aim in mind—to have something for everyone. It’s evident not only in the wide range of cuisines on offer, but also in the ambience. When you step into the expansive warmly-lit interiors spanning 14,600 square feet, you’re greeted with a cosy café where you can grab coffee and a quick bite—think pastel macarons and dainty pastries. Beyond the café and through a corridor that has an entire wall made up of wine bottles, you’ll find the main seating area that comes with a view of the Centre’s Fountain of Joy—giving you an opportunity to catch its light and water shows in the evening. If you like a little drama with your food, choose one of the spots at a counter-side seating in one of the four open kitchens—you can interact with chefs and see your order being made. Spot-lit tables, modern black-white flooring, and stylishly done-up nooks complete the look.
When it comes to the menu, you’ll be truly spoilt for choice—Amadeo by Oberoi is a multi-cuisine restaurant and you can pick from Japanese, Chinese, Italian, or Indian dishes, all curated by executive chef Kayzad Sadri. The meal starts with complimentary cloud-like focaccia topped with pesto and served with a salsa-esque dip. If you like to have a little bit of everything, then sampling small plates from all the different cuisines is a good idea—the Chinese menu has a fun ‘make your own bao’ section where you can assemble your own baos, the Indian section has plenty of chaats, and the Japanese section offers an extensive list of sushi, salads, and carpaccio. Fans of hearty Italian fare shouldn’t miss the handmade pastas—we tried the goat cheese ravioli and the spinach kale and ricotta lasagne, both of which were every bit as indulgent as we imagined them to be. There are traditional wood-fired pizzas, too—vegetarians will love the funghi bianco Portobello that comes studded with different kinds of mushrooms, while meat lovers should give the Italian pork salami-topped Calabria a try.
To go along with your meal, pick your favourite wine or an innovative cocktail from their beverages menu, and round it all off on a sweet note by digging into the decadent saffron kulfi, which has already become a hot favourite with the dessert lovers of the city.