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Wasabi by Morimoto , Harbour Bar and Golden Dragon At
The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai, India Reopen

Mumbai, Dec 21, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — The legendary Wasabi, the historical Harbour Bar and Golden Dragon at the iconic The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai reopened their doors.

"Today, we have come one more step closer to fulfilling our promise of rebuilding the Taj to its former glory.The opening of Wasabi Harbour Bar and Golden Dragon is an important milestone in the resurrection of The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. We are delighted to reopen its doors for guests, old and new." said Mr. Karambir Kang, General Manager, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower.

Wasabi offers its guests an opportunity to discover the hidden secrets of the authentic Japanese culinary treasures. Guests will be happy to know that the ever popular old menu has been retained completely – they can still order any of their favourite dishes. However, Executive Chef Hemant Oberoi and his team have incorporated 14 new dishes, including new kinds of sushi, salads, cold dishes and even an authentic Japanese Curry.

To complete the culinary experience, the restaurant has introduced 12 new varieties of the famous Japanese rice wine – Sake and Japanese beers. To add to the exclusivity of the experience, the crockery used is Narumi and Renaut, and the cutlery from the house of Vilroy & Boch.

Wasabi is approached via a folding staircase from Harbour Bar which evokes a red carpet entry and welcomes guests into the restaurant. The host stand is backed by an installation of drifting cherry blossoms and the restaurant walls are crafted with traditional Japanese joinery. Placed like freestanding furniture in the space, the sushi counter and teppanyaki kitchen serve as focal points of activity. The key feature of Wasabi has been re-imagined as a bold, sculptural round table that dominates the room and is complemented by an over-scale custom hammered metal light fixture. Eight guests will be able to delight in an intimate private experience of the Tatami Room.

It was in 1933 that Harbour Bar at The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai first opened its doors to the discerning Mumbai gentlemen and has since played host to decades of high-powered rendezvous'. Harbour Bar has the distinction of being Mumbai's first licensed bar.

Rediscover the prohibition cocktails unique to Harbour Bar. The intoxicating list includes From the Harbour 'since 1933', a classic recipe which is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. Let the bartender surprise you with 'The Jamaican Cobbler', 'French 75' or 'The Hurricane'.

Introducing several single malts and the best of wines from around the world – the Harbour Bar will be a connoisseur's delight. A 'Global Tapas' has been introduced, with influences of flavours from Jamaica South East Asia, the Middle East and even some Cajun delicacies.

The design and décor of Harbour Bar is heavily influenced by its rich history, which is reflected in the center bar, a solid carved piece of white marble. The back bar is framed in cut glass and provides an inviting light, warmth and glow. Art continues to be a distinctive feature, with oversized carved wood pieces at the entry that define the room with their elegant appliqué details.

A team from the Rockwell Group Europe, led by Diego Gronda, its Creative Director was entrusted with the design of this seminal project. Rockwell has also been involved in many famous restaurants like the Alma de Cuba in Philadelphia; Django, Café Gray Kitticha; and Nobu Fifty Seven in New York; Olives and Zen in Tokyo.

Started in 1973, the Golden Dragon was India's first authentic Sichuan Restaurant. It is now back with a completely refreshed look, past favourites as well as new dishes from different parts of China.

The focus is on artistic contemporary cuisine that captures the lightness of the traditional dishes from that region. While the perennial favorites will still be an important part of the menu, customers can now start the meal with the lilting flavours of its signature dish 'Song of the Dragon', consisting of chicken or delectable vegetables, or soft shelled crab on a bed of forty button chilies.

The new menu offers over 20 varieties of Dimsums. The Dimsum with Caviar, will entice even the most reluctant palate, while the Dimsum with soup, can actually be drunk with a straw first! The Peking duck gently cooking in the open kitchen oven will tempt the guest with its aromas. Six grain noodles, cumin lamb, steamed sea bass in chilly mustard sauce are some of the other additions to the menu.

A true Sichuan meal is always accompanied with tea that is perfectly paired with the foods. The Golden Dragon offers around 8 different varieties of the teas in the menu. To make the meal truly exclusive the Golden Dragon will serves its meals in Narumi crockery, with gold brush strokes and will encourage guests to use delicate ivory and wooden chopsticks with hints of embedded oyster shell.

LTW Design Works, Kuala Lumpur were given the task of recreating the restaurant.

A noble and royal Golden Dragon, with a soothing water feature welcome guests into the restaurant. Modern day dragon patterned panels decorate the walls, while rice paper and etched glass work are spread over the restaurant space. The upholstery is textured Indian woven upholstery, and the carpet has a contemporized Chinese wave patterned. The furniture uses influenced of white porcelain on ivory lacquer furniture pieces that are located around the restaurant. The focal point of the restaurant is the live kitchen which enhances the dining experience, as patrons can watch the chefs in action.

With the reopening of both the restaurants and the bar, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower will once again offer its guests an array of dining and entertainment options. The ten restaurants and bars will cater to the myriad tastes of its discerning guests.


Swati Sundareswaran/Tarini Mathur,
Vaishnavi Corporate Communications /



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