Bangkok-based P49 design Lake View Café at Renaissance Mumbai
An appealing mixture of light wood and polished finishes is enriched by elegant lighting fixtures at the smart and stylish all-day dining cafe overlooking Powai Lake
Close your eyes and imagine a serene silver lake with a high-rise horizon in the background. You are transported to an al fresco cum indoor seating restaruant that is chic and contemporary yet un-intimidating, set right at the edge of this refreshing lake. Serving a mélange of sumptuous cusines with a generous sprinkling of tantalising delicacies, it takes you on an exciting gastronomical journey through its food theatrics. Adding to the ambience is the sensuous pleasure of cheerful music during the mornings, more relaxed strains in the afternoons, and rather energetic and pulsating rhythms as the sun bids goodbye,
Now open your eyes to an appealing mixture of light wood and polished finishes with lit chrome-finish modern pendant ceiling lamp drops that add to the rich ambience of the stylishly refurbished Lake View Café - an all-day dining experience at the Renaissance Mumbai. Here is a progressive café that satiates your desire for a variety of foods, moods and brews and includes interactive live cooking stations offering authentic Indian, inspired Asian, Western grills, antipasti and desserts to tickle your taste buds. Easy access to live counters, quirky food styles, cocktails with enchanting tales and stylish staff, up the ante.
Speaking about the Lake View Cafe, general manager Nicholas Dumbell, Renaissance Mumbai, refers to the iconic Tom Hanks film. “Do you remember Forrest Gump? Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you get... The overall mood is smart and lounge-like where the locals come to gather for a quick bite or lunch-to-impress their business associates, whereas the evening’s core objective is making Business Unusual, where it is about entertainment, meeting friends and socialising to nonchalant music or even a romantic candlelight dinner by the lake. The restaurant has spacious private dining areas for families; quiet corners for couples as well as the community tables which are a great choice for casual business evenings.”
A simplistic approach full of natural flavours with appealing plate presence, makes a meal at LVC quietly understated. The inclusion of an international street food counter with a new offering every day is sure to become the talking point. Beverage is key to the operational success, and they serve dynamic cocktails and martinis at lunch or dinner with modern twists on classic Cosmopolitans and Margaritas. The wine list is slick, by the glass with carafe service paired with great scotch and single malts that pep the evening. Then there are live cocktails being served and the servers are seen entertaining and interacting with guests. You will see the mixologist using an exceptional beverage gueridon, creating gimmicks from table to table.
With comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, this café proves that even if the view is one of the key highlights, apart from its core of F&B and service, it is design that makes a big difference.
DESIGN CONCEPT OF LAKE VIEW CAFE
What we see is a ‘contemporary interior that is fresh and light’ with a focus on various open show kitchens located throughout the space, thereby creating the feeling of many smaller restaurants within the overall restaurant space. Light-coloured stone and wood are used extensively to create freshness within the space as well as capitalise on the abundance of natural light coming in through the large windows, which also afford wonderful views towards Powai Lake. Locally-sourced art has been integrated throughout the space, and chalk boards create a casual bistro feeling within the restaurant.
ABOUT THE DESIGNERS
P49 DEESIGN is a Bangkok-based interior design company specialising in the interior design of hotels and resorts around the world.
Project director – Carl Almeida
Team leader – Sapparit Panja
Designer – Pirun Cheunkratok