This beautiful restaurant by Juhi Chawla’s businessman husband, Jay Mehta in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai brings an authentic Levantine fine-dining experience for the food lovers. They did so by delivering not only the flavours, which are an ideal mix of European sensibilities and middle Eastern essence, rustled up by Beirut-based chef Athanasios Kargatzidis, but also the area’s culture and heritage. If this piece of information has piqued your curiosity, read on SURFACES REPORTER (SR) to know all details about the restaurant:
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Located in Mumbai’s rapidly changing Kala Ghoda fort, which has been a cynosure for art and music enthusiasts- nearby to the iconic Rhythm House Store, the luxe Italian restaurant serves house-made pasta, Neapolitan-style pizzas, antipasti, and more.
Rue Du Liban-A Lebanese Street in Mumbai
The restaurant got its name from one of the most elegant and posh streets next to the French colony in Lebanon. It offers a variety of foods getting influences from across Cyprus, Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and most probably even Iran and Lebanon. While visiting this upscale restaurant, you may feel like walking into one of the street cafes of Lebanon.
Evokes Elegance With its Swish, Art-Deco Inspired Interiors
Upon stepping into this 3,200 square foot restaurant, you may surge with a feeling of sophistication. Its interiors draw your attention with its Beirut art deco, Middle Eastern motifs, and French brassieres. Decorative elements like LED candles, olive chandeliers, custom lamps, hand-painted olive leaves, brass work, and Clove’s designed glass leaves evoke a sense of intimacy. Correctly set tables and elegant burgundy banquettes add to its beauty. Low lighting and design of the seating in the eatery allows diners to linger long after having a meal.
Jay Mehta is a group director of Indian operations at the Mehta Group, a family-owned business. He finished his engineering at Columbia University in New York. Undoubtedly an aesthete, Jay would likely to have been an architect or designer in another life. He grew up in Africa and studied abroad for many years before coming back to India. A businessman with a refined design sensibility that gravitates towards natural materials. For the interiors of this sumptuous hotel in Mumbai, he worked closely with Dale Atkinson, a London-based architect from Rosendale Design, and Amit Dhanawat ofThe Design Company, Mumbai.
Celebrity Owner: Jay Mehta (Juhi Chawla’s husband)
Address: 43, Sassoon Building, VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda
Timings: 7 pm to midnight
Cost for two: Rs. 3000