Hot address: Spices

A new chef at the Spices at Mumbai’s JW Marriott hotel – Tenzin Khechok – has meant a new dimsum menu.

We started with a Thai chicken soup (which was great but never mind that) there was so much else on offer in the way of succulent little steamed and pan fried pockets. First up, was the wild mushroom crystal dumplings, which work beautifully with a burnt-chilli dip. Next, we had the prawn and chive dumplings, which were made even better by a generous topping of caviar. What really stood out, surprisingly, were the vegetarian crystal dumplings – translucent skin, minimal spice, and crunchy veggies on the inside. And then we made room for Chef Khechok’s signature truffle edamame dumplings. Yet the omnivores at the table didn’t seem to miss the chicken or seafood dumplings (we tried them later and found the chicken was a hit too).

Just as we were about to make a meal of the appetisers, the main course was served: sticky rice with prawns and chicken in lotus leaf. The dessert though was a bit of a let down. The Chocklet Bon didn’t live up to the hype, or even the rest of the meal, but there’s only so much to go wrong when there’s warm chocolate and ice cream involved.

Spices, JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai. Tel: 022 3015 1027

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