MODERN-NOSTALGIA GETS A NEW EDGE AT SHAMIANA
- The iconic Taj Mahal Palace all-day dining restaurant reopens with a casual bistro vibe, light, fresh design and modern-nostalgia home-style menus
MUMBAI, 22 August 2016: Shamiana, the renowned all-day dining restaurant at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, reopens with a fresh take on tradition at its original location by the lobby. Since 1973, it has been known by locals and guests as an iconic stop for a delicious selection of international casual food. This re-imagination presents a relaxed environment, fresh home-style food and service that is informal in its style but sincere and warm in its welcome to guests. The soundtrack of world music, curated from all four corners of the globe, transitions moods through the day. Shamiana is an effortless convergence of casual chic – an all-day breakfast space by day; by night, it transforms into an easy-vibe evening venue that fuses indoor and outdoor.
Contemporary bistro cuisine with a pinch of nostalgia
Shamiana’s menus mirror its confluence of indoor and outdoor space; light, fresh, delicious dishes both inspired by international favourites and local flavours. Sumptuous weekend brunches will make you want to while away the day in Shamiana’s airy atmosphere and a daily blackboard of dishes curated by Italian Chef Roberto Collini offers traditional comfort food with an authentic home-style plating.
‘Via Bombay’ regional bites menu includes the much-loved Keema Pav, Prawn Patio and Pav Bhaji to keep true to the Bombay beat and underscores Taj’s food philosophy of never forgetting our regional culinary richness irrespective of where we are in the world.
Exclusive to Shamiana is the Taj Autograph menu – signature dishes curated by Taj chefs from around the world. Try a bite of the Big Apple with the Cobb Salad from The Pierre, New York or delve into the British staple of Fish and Chips from St James Court, London. Chicken Bunny Chow – a South African street food tradition – is made from a hollowed-out soft bread bun filled with Durban chicken and vegetable curry, brought all the way from Taj Cape Town. Specialties from Taj Exotica, Maldives and Taj Samudra, Colombo bring their own Sri Lankan spice and Maldivian flair to the Shamiana table.
Far from the formal wine libraries of old, Shamiana’s extensive by-glass and by-bottle list blends Indian and international wines with classic cocktails. Innovative garden cocktails bring the sense of the outdoors inside with an organic take on modern mixology and cocktails-to-share add flair and fun to the evening with a youthful vibe.
Light, airy interiors inspired by the shamiana
Inside, clean architectural lines provide confluence points between the sleek colonial-style fabric that creates a modern take on the shamiana (tent-like canopy) and the full-height folding doors that connect the indoor and outdoor terraces. Every space features an accent that celebrates the hotel’s history: a stone mandala in the ponds, an antique Victorian wrought iron jaali on the terrace and Hall of Fame depicting the hotel and its guests over the past century echo the nostalgia.
Clever, contrasting colour combinations bring the light, scent and sound of a garden inside; both spaces use the same wicker furniture and floor finishes to create the impression of continuous space. The deco language of white stone and white canvas against black linear elements is disrupted by the mosaic carpet at the entrance. This impactful design celebrates Shamiana’s diversity, which is dramatically reflected onto the mirrored ceiling.
Taljinder Singh, Area Director—Mumbai and General Manager, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai said, “Shamiana has an iconic status with its generations of patrons. This renovation is to honour our guests and ensure that Shamiana becomes the favourite gen-next destination with an easy, unpretentious attitude to food at accessible price points.”
Amit Chowdhury, Executive Chef, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai said, “Shamiana will offer a taste for every palate in an authentic format that showcase the specialities for which Bombay is known, alongside some of our own signature Taj dishes. We were inspired by the fresh, light, airy atmosphere that brought the outside in and the menu curates that feeling in every bite through simple, home-style food presented honestly.”
For reservations, please contact The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai on (022)66653296 or (022) 66653366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Established in 1902, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 100 hotels in 63 locations across the globe, including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house. For more information please visit tajhotels.com.