The Trident’s speedy recovery from the attacks is prompting regular patrons to call in and reserve rooms and tables at its famed restaurants — Opium Den, Frangipani and India Jones — in time for the grand reopening on December 21.
A hotel source confirmed that the restoration is underway as per schedule and that the Trident has begun taking reservations even before the reopening. While patrons from overseas have been calling in to book rooms, Mumbai residents have displayed their solidarity by making reservations at the restaurants, the source said.
Hindustan Times had reported on December 3 that the Trident would not take bookings until the reopening date.
“I called enquiring about India Jones when I read that the Trident would resume services later this month. I visit the restaurant once a month because they serve the best Thai green curry,” said designer Swarna Gupta.
Although Gupta hasn’t yet reserved a table, she is certain to pay a visit within the opening week. “It’s unlikely the same place will get attacked twice. But really, I can’t live in fear. India Jones remains a favourite of both friends and family,” Gupta said.
Neha Verghese, a resident of Juhu, echoed Gupta’s sentiment. “The Oberoi, as we always referred to it, has been a favourite of mine for its excellent service and warmth. I’m quite sure they will still deliver on all counts even after reopening,” Verghese said. A member of the hotel industry herself, Verghese was prompt in enquiring about India Jones, one of her favourite haunts in the city for its ambience and impeccable service. “The attacks can’t take away from the hotel’s strengths. My husband and I are likely to return soon,” she confirmed.