If you are in the mood for a grand evening, living like royalty, Qilaa de Vashi, located in Navi Mumbai, is the perfect place for you. Navi Mumbai’s first iconic castle restaurant is dipped in royalty, wrapped in pride and holding the aroma of an era gone by. With archaic interiors and state-of-the-art ambience, this resto castle will make you feel like the kings and queens of yore. Themed to fit into the 1800’s, the whole place drips old-school charm, rooted in traditional Indian hospitality. Qilaa de Vashi takes the yesteryear concept of Atithi Devo Bhava very seriously, maintaining a friendly staff and cosy atmosphere. The interiors, which mimic the inside of a castle’s, consist of two floors. The first floor, aptly titled ‘The Royal Daawat’, is lined with private booths and blue walls which bring to life age-old paintings of queens in Rajasthan, along with chandeliers and mirrors adding grace. The woodwork panels and beautiful Indian music make the setting that much more realistic. A spiral staircase takes you down to ‘The House of Commons’ which is laid out like a royal courtroom for dining, complete with motifs and Indian brass crockery to match the décor. When it comes to food, the rich flavours of India will overtake you the minute you take one bite. Having researched over 200 recipes from Maharajs from across India to be able to bring you their best picks, the Qila specializes in swadesi flavours, but also has a few global options to satisfy everyone’s palette.
The extensive menu consists of secret recipes, with only select ingredients and expert hands used to create their appetising dishes. With both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, the signatures include Rajasthani Mirch Wada, Paneer Zaffrani Tikka, Arabic Aubergine Rounds, Nahr-i-Bishti Kebab, Bombil Zesty Wraps, Buffalo Popcorn Shrimp, and many more. The ‘royal bar’ will be introduced in mid May, serving Indian inspired cocktails and a live event schedule to showcase the best of India. Qilaa de Vashi proves that royalty is the new culinary makeover and aims to bring back the charm to royal Indian hospitality, albeit at affordable prices. The beautiful building is hard to miss, and the regal taste and ambience will make you come back very soon. – Rubaina