NCPA is located at the heart of Mumbai, Nariman point, and it is one of the prime hubs for Arts and Culture in the city.
At the NCPA, along with performing arts, the art of leisure and culinary get their due as well. Here, Chef Farrokh Khambata started with the fine dine European and Mediterranean restaurant Amadeus, and then opened the Cafe at NCPA.
For his latest offering, he brings a new Robata Thai restaurant to the city, called Izaya.
Izaya’s claim to fame is being Mumbai’s first restaurant with Robata Thai dining experience. The food served here is prepared in a three-tiered Japanese ‘Robatayaki’ grill, which not only preserves but accentuates the Thai and Malay flavours of the dishes. ‘Sa Khoo’, rice dumplings made using centuries old traditional Thai techniques add another feather to Izaya’s cap.
They’re served here with different stuffings, with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Sa khoo and something from the Robotayaki grill are a must-have if you are visiting this place.
The place looks very pleasing aesthetically, with simple blue-grey tones. Both indoor and outdoor seating are well-lit and comfortable for long dining sessions.
Although the vegetarian options are limited, we could still recommend the Chiang Mai Tofu, Hokkaido corn, Green Thai Curry and Crispy Lotus Stem with Yellow Beans. Also check out their seasonal Yoko Kan Menu, which serves their best dessert, the Namelaka.
Overall, the place may seem a bit pricey, but it more than makes up for it with the authenticity of the South-East Asian menu and the experience of Robata dining. This place can’t be missed if you are a fan of Thai food.