What does Mumbai remind you of? It reminds me of a hundred things, the primary among which are the Marine Drive with the power to wash away all worries, the Gateway of India to get that perfectly touristy feel, the Fashion Street for the sheer vibrance of it and of course, the iconic eateries of the city.
So when the news of a floating restaurant came up, I sat up and was compelled to take notice. As per the blue print, patrons will be taken on board from fixed points of Mumbai’s coastline for a sail to remember.
It will be a cruise and a dining experience rolled into one incredible package. And the person behind it is the thirty seven year old Shripriya Dalmia Thirani. She has won a bid by the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) which allows the floating hotel to function for three-fourth of a year.
The proposed restaurant will not be at the shore, but a few miles into the sea at Chowpatty and diners will have to hop on to small boats, sail the distance and reach the restaurant. How cool is that? This venture will tentatively be operational by the end of this year or early parts of the next year. Though Kolkata has had Floatel, the floating hotel on the Ganges for years now, this will be the first of it’s kind in Mumbai.
The best part is that Thirani has specifically mentioned that the eatery will be accessible to not just the financially privileged but also to the mid-rung section. So this will surely enter my must-do list for my next trip to Mumbai, and I hope the end product lives up to the hype.