Global Fusion

The city has a number of lounges several of them with open-air seating but Skky Lounge scores over the others in terms of its location. With a scenic view of the mountains in addition to the al fresco setting, it offers a near-perfect ambience for an evening. Situated on the rooftop of Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre, Powai, Skky is a new addition to the city's nightlife.

The resto-lounge, as it is called, is open from 5pm to 1am. The tables are separated not only by space but also tiny water bodies, ensuring privacy to diners. The music mostly instrumentals of popular tracks however, does not add to the decor. What lacks in music, it makes up with an extensive bar and food menu. It offers Pan Asian cuisines, gourmet pizzas and a tandoor section. The starters cost between Rs 300 and Rs 1,500.

Since Skky specialises in fresh fruit-based cocktails and does not make use of pulps and crushes, we ordered for Strawberry Daquiri and Kiwi Margharita. Alongside, we decided to try a Drunken Prawn Soup, a blend of pickled vegetables, rice wine and prawn. The hot and spicy soup went well with the nippy weather. The chef recommended Yam Goong, a sweet-and-sour prawn salad with Thai herbs and fresh pineapple. Those with a sweet tooth would enjoy this one more.

The place also offers sushi and sashimi platters, but we opted one that serves a mix from various cuisines Juicy Lamb Kothes from the dimsums menu, Adrak Ke Panje from the tandoor and Crispy Tuna Roll from the in-house rolls section. Made using tender lamb meat and tomato chutney to accompany it, Adrak Ke Panje was the pick of the lot. While the roll was nothing to write home about, the dimsum came a pleasant surprise with its crunchy texture.

For the main course, we chose from the Teppaniyaki section. The chef conducted a live demonstration where he prepared Teppiniyaki Fried Rice using sticky rice, salmon, egg, bell peppers, garlic and baby corn. This was accompanied by a double-cooked pork dish. The meal was concluded with coconut pancakes a bit too sweet, and paan ice-cream too overbearing on the palate. However, the subtle-flavoured green tea ice-cream more than made up for it.

Meal for two: Rs 4,000 (including alcohol)

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