Hop from Mumbai to Morocco with Latitude by The Park's brand new menu
Latitude by The Park down Rutland Gate — sharing premises with Good Earth, tucked under Nicobar, opposite Address Home and Ritu Kumar — is a pit stop for many who indulge in retail therapy in this much sought-after shopping district. However, since its collaboration with The Park hotel in 2008, the place has developed its own culinary identity, and the latest menu overhaul reaffirms that. Offering global cuisine, they have introduced more than a score of new dishes a fortnight ago — even while retaining the likes of the popular Burmese Khao Suey. Executive Chef Ashutosh Nerlekar of The Park Chennai tells us, “There has been a conscious decision to retain dishes that patrons come back for and introduce new dishes that all together have a fresh approach.”
We find the 34-seater is cosy with red walls and quaint chandeliers, instead of the former teal. We peruse the degustation menu planned for us and sip on some Fresh Lime Soda as we wait for the healthy sounding Millet and Black Bean Galette to arrive. A bite of the kebab topped with a dash of sour cream, roasted corn salsa with some fresh micro greens, and I needed to do a double take to ensure that it was indeed vegetarian, and not a delicious shammi kebab! There is no such doubt with the Harissa Prawns, where the floret-like prawns are delightful with the roasted red pepper aioli. The Shish Taouk has skewered with bamboo reeds and the succulent chunks of chicken warrant another helping. “We have used organic chicken, various millet varieties and introduced live home-grown microgreen salads to engage guests during their meal experience,” explains Chef Ashutosh.
The smoked tomato soup turns out to be soothing and filling with a medley of diced vegetables and a side of toasted baguettes. We find out that the chef’s favourite, the chilled Maharashtrian sol kadhi soup, is on the menu this time. Meanwhile, the salad of broccoli, asparagus and edamame is reminiscent of The Park’s Lotus Thai flavours, thanks to the coconut and roasted chilli dressing.
The delicately seasoned Moroccan Lamb Chops is the dish that one should linger over even if you are tempted to finish it in two mouthfuls. With smears of cauliflower and cheddar purée, and a side of green peas in garlic mash — it is an elegant play of flavours. The Park’s signature Tiramisu, which comes fenced within sugar crusted shortbread — delivers as promised. Though, chocolate lovers are sure to be swept off their feet with the new French Silky Chocolate Cake. Dense mousse made more delectable with a drizzle of salted caramel, it also has roasted apple and fresh figs for garnish.
Meal for two approximately Rs 1,200.