After living around East Asia for the past seven years, I’ve gotten to know the majority of the Asian cuisines quite intimately. I never know what to expect when I find “Oriental” restaurants outside of the region. Lucky for me, I was pleasantly surprised by the Dashanzi Restaurant inside of the JW Marriott Juhu Hotel in Mumbai, India.
The evening started off with an oriental themed Gin and Tonic flavored with yuzu and infused gin. The Beverage Manager Bensan Varghese showed us his skills with this cocktail and several others offered at Dashanzi. We even had a private session with Bensan to learn more about all of his creations, which I will discuss later. To accompany the Gin and Tonic we were offered an interesting presentation of rice crackers which turned out to be very very tasty.
We sampled several popular items from the Dashanzi menu throughout the evening. I was surprised and impressed with the above-average quality of their salmon sashimi. Another dish that caught my attention was the Oatmeal Chicken. When a Westerner thinks of oatmeal, they tend to think of the breakfast item complete with sugar and cinnamon, but at Dashanzi it’s different! The oatmeal takes on a new spicy and crispy identity. The oatmeal and chicken are fried and bursting with flavor, keeping the oatmeal crunchy and the chicken juicy, this dish is a must try!
Dashanzi is more than just a restaurant, it’s also a full-on bar with lots of unique cocktails. We visited on a separate occasion to sample some of these special cocktails, including a Calypso, which is a cocktail that includes Thai chili, Jensen gin, syrup and pineapple juice. This cocktail alone is a good example of the kind of exciting combinations Bensan Varghese and his team are hard at work creating.
Dashanzi also offers brunch! At the brunch you will find a large selection of dim sum, sushi, a handful of wok-fried dishes, desserts and more. Overall, I was quite impressed by the quality, flavor and selection of items.
I also have to mention that they did an absolute impeccable job at helping to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday! The whole team helped to make the night super special, thus a perfect spot to spend your special occasion. The chef performed a table-art dessert which was not only beautiful but delicious. Thank you again and well done JW Marriott Juhu Mumbai Team!
All in all, despite having the generic “oriental cuisine” stamp Dashanzi does a surprisingly good job at producing some very tasty food. I also have nothing but positive things to say about other restaurants at the JW Marriott Juhu Hotel in Mumbai. Be sure to read about the hotel here. Whether it’s for drinks, a meal or brunch I can easily recommend you to visit Dahsanzi in Mumbai!
The Nitty Gritty
Taste - 8.2
Value - 8
Feng Shui - 8.5
Convenience - 9
Service - 9
Juhu Tara Rd, Uditi Tarang Housing Colony, Juhu Tara, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049, India
Phone: +91 22 6693 3000