Restaurant Review: Luna Nudo Gusta at The St. Regis Mumbai in India
The St. Regis Mumbai is the maximum city’s most buzzing luxury hotel, what with all the popular events including high profile fashion extravaganzas and art soirees being hosted here. This luxurious property recently announced the launch of Luna Nudo Gusta, the all new restaurant and bar on Level 37. I was invited by Anuraag Bhatnagar, General Manager, The St. Regis Mumbai & Area General Manager, India at Marriott International Inc to visit this vibrant and upscale property.
The unique name Luna Nudo Gusta fascinated me so I was informed that Luna is named to represent the alluring energy of the moon controlling the movement of the tides. Luna Nudo Gusta signifies the fact that much like the tide, the energy and ambience of Luna will be pulsating and changing the rhythm between restaurant and bar, ascending and descending like waves, evolving till dawn. An exclusive European themed restaurant, Luna Gusta is reminiscent of chic restaurants that one usually sees when one visits Europe. Right from the design to the service to the food, everything signifies luxury in this gorgeous setting.
Commenting on the launch, Anuraag Bhatnagar, General Manager, The St. Regis Mumbai & Area General Manager, India at Marriott International Inc. said: “We are thrilled to launch Luna Nudo Gusta in India’s very first St. Regis Hotel. The alluring energy of modern European cuisine at Luna Gusta and the pulsating infusion bar Luna Nudo seamlessly compliment the brand’s classic sophistication and elegance. We look forward to creating exceptional experiences for guests with our new offering!”
Luna Gusta, a modern European restaurant, epitomizing elegant décor and an unparalleled view, offers the perfect dining experience for lovers of food. The menu, crafted by Executive Chef – Martin Kindlesides, a friendly and exuberant Chef who takes the time out to interact with guests includes delectable dishes carefully created with exotic ingredients accentuating distinct European flavours. I was fortunate enough to interact with the Executive chef during my visit to this charming restaurant.
While dining in Luna Gusta, it is a good idea to try the Chef’s signature offerings such as Gusta’s Baby Gem Salad, Artisanal Burrata & Florentine Fennel, House Smoked Hickory Salmon, Flash Fried Calamari and Spanish Cured Ham & Fig from the appetizer section. Delectable mains with a choice of small plates and large plates such as Porcini Mushroom & Kale Buckwheat Grits, Organic King Mushrooms, Spiny Lobster Risotto, Peppered Lamb Rack, Chicken & Artichokes make for a filling yet healthy meal. An unforgettable feast can be concluded by choosing from a list of delicious desserts such as Bourbon Vanilla Raspberry Pana Cotta, Blackberry Pavê, Vegan Apple Tart and Smoked Coconut Frozen Soufflé. Most of the food served here is like art on a plate what with the chef’s philosophy of laying emphasis on visual appeal too. After all good food should ideally appeal to all the senses!
Complementing Luna Gusta, Luna Nudo, the infusion themed bar is the perfect place to enjoy live pulsating music with some great food and drinks. While here, one can relax and unwind with the stunning views of the bay. I witnessed a fantastic live performance by a popular band called The Other People during my visit. Luna Nudo equipped with the best acoustics for music often has well curated musical nights with varied evenings hosting popular live music bands and a line-up of some of the most well-known Indian and International DJs especially invited to liven things up in the evening. So whether it is delicious infusion themed cocktails to straight beverages with mixes or an extensive wine-list with Indian and international wines, Luna Nudo has something to cater to everyone’s tastes and palates.
While in The Nudo, a guest can try selective appetizers from all the signature restaurants of The St. Regis Mumbai. I was offered to choose from an extensive selection of delicious finger foods such as Nudo’s selectively curated epicurean appetizers like Luna Nuda Burger Shots, Spicy Chicken Sule Kebab, Five Spice Crispy Prawns, Flash Fried Bean Curd, Yakitori Chicken, Sakura Vegetable Maki Roll, Fritto Misto, House Smoked Charcutirie Platter, European Cheese Platter while sipping a glass of wine. To watch a popular live band playing in a luxurious ambiance while sipping on your favourite wine paired with spectacular food made for a great evening, one that is tough to replicate elsewhere! Luna Nudo Gusta is definitely worth several visits while in Mumbai!
Address: The St. Regis Mumbai, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400013, India / +91 (22) 6162 8000 / stregismumbai.com/lunanudogusta