The return of Nawab Saheb

A city classic, Nawab Saheb at The Westin Mumbai Powai Lake makes a comeback in a refreshing new avatar.

Nawab Saheb was an institution at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Center Hotel, Powai.

Much has changed at the property. It’s now The Westin Mumbai Powai Lake and it has a very clean, contemporary look.

Nawab Saheb too has been transformed, and, in my opinion, for the better. Gone are the dark, moody interiors with blacks, reds, and heavy colours; the new restaurant is bright and airy, turquoise and mustard yellow are the theme colours. The gleaming, heavy silver thalis have been replaced by more elegant rose gold copper crockery and cutlery.

While changes have been introduced in the menu, continuity has been preserved through Chef Yunus Khan who has been running the restaurant for almost a decade now. The food remains Awadh-centric but incorporates elements from UP and of course, all their old North Indian favourites. Chef Khan does a wonderful job in keeping the food light; you will feel full after a meal and some of the dishes can be quite spicy too but what is conspicuously missing is the heaviness you feel in your stomach after a North Indian meal. Nor do you regret it the next morning.

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The delectable spread at Nawab Saheb.

Neither taste, nor flavour have been compromised we discovered when we bit into the tender Sunheri Champ, the Aminabadi Saag with its heady aromas of garlic, or the delicate prawn-based Mahi Dum Qaliyan and the light and fluffy Taftans. But that was while the food was hot; when the saag and prawns turned cold, the complex flavours were reduced to singular chilli heat. It’s a niggling issue that Chef Khan and Arshita Thapa, Director of Restaurants have promised to address.

Once the new Nawab Saheb gets over its teething problems it will be on its way to becoming an institution at The Westin Mumbai Powai Lake.

Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Max: 5 stars) 
Food: 9/10
Drinks: 6/10
Service: 8/10
Interiors/Décor: 9/10
Vibe: 8/10
One dish we loved: Sunheri Champ
One dish that didn’t work for us: Aloo ki Nazhakat

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