Inside AB Celestial, Mumbai’s own Floatel
Picture this, a breathtaking view of the Bandra Worli Sea Link combined with a fantastic cocktail in your hand and lovely music to compliment the occasion. The scene I describe is one you can find yourself in when aboard AB Celestial, Mumbai’s first and only floatel.
Named after its 21-year-old owner and director Aishwarya Bhende, AB Celestial is a hotel on water with five rooms, a party space and a restaurant.
Many of us missed out on experiencing AB Celestial when it first anchored itself before shutting down for the monsoons. I happened to be one of those people. So when I heard that it was open again, I took the first available opportunity to visit.
From the moment I set foot on the floatel, I felt a lot closer to the ocean. The design, aesthetics, server uniforms and cutlery played their part in enhancing that maritime experience. On the whole, it felt like a teaser to what it would be like to be at sea.
After being seated on the main deck of the floatel, I couldn’t help but appreciate the calm and relaxing feeling of being a little distant from the rest of the city. Taking in the view with sangria in hand, I was ready for the feast ahead of me.
Having heard good things about the food, I didn’t want to miss out on any of it. My plan of action was to start with the favourites, then ask the owner for her recommendation and finally, do a little bit of experimentation for myself. The Waffle Dosa, Hummus Platter, Chilli and Mushroom Tapas and Amritsari Chicken Tenders are house specialities, and are where I began my sampling. Aishwarya recommended that I try the Asparagus and Cream Cheese Rolls, and the Lemon Butter Garlic Prawn Skewers, so I ordered them as well.
It was apparent that considerable effort had gone into the plating and presentation of the food. The service was prompt and the food tasty, before I knew it my plate was empty again.
For the main course, I decided to experminent a little and ordered a Penne Paprika and a Chicken Tikka Masala which was served with pav. I tend to order these dishes a lot and so I felt like they would give me a good understanding of what the food is like across the board. Both dishes were prepared well and made me feel like I could easily recommend the place to people looking for good food to be a big part of their overall dining experience.
AB Celestial requires prior reservation to visit. Call them on 9819330023 to reserve your table.