If you are looking for authentic Chinese, Thai or Balinese dishes to soak in the culinary experiences of South-East Asia, then you’d better give Facing East at Juhu a miss. However, that isn’t a deal breaker.
Located near megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s residence, Facing East isn’t tough to locate. The eatery also scores several brownie points for its décor. From the ashen walls with photographs of landscapes to the vintage feel of the interiors, nothing seems out of place or takes away from the fine-dining experience.
With South-East Asian eateries such as Trikaya and Umame already popular on Mumbai’s culinary map, the menu doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. The makers haven’t tried to innovate much. Most dishes are safe bets. We decided to sample the Hakka Cottage Cheese (R225) and Sesame Prawns Chilli Basil (R375).
The former dish came with green and red chilli peppers and light soy and was just yum, as the perfect appetiser to get a conversation rolling. The prawns were juicy, with no flavour overwhelming the senses. For the main course, we opted for the Thai Curry Veg (R265), Bali’s Sliced Chicken (R275) and the Sizzling Noodles (R225). After the appetisers, our expectations were high.
Unfortunately, though not bad, the main course didn’t win over the first course. The Thai curry had more curry than vegetables. The sliced chicken, too, was nothing special and the noodles were about average. However, in line with popular eateries like 5 Spice, the portions were large enough to feed three to four at a go, and in an era when size zero is in, we are grateful for this exception.
What we like
The decor and service
The portions, appetisers
We don’t like
What: Facing East
Where: JVPD Scheme, next to Naturals, 13th Road, Juhu
What’s on the menu: South-East Asian cuisine