Unless you’re afraid of heights, the view from the top is always the finest. Capitalising on their vertical advantages, many hotels are creating chic bars and lounges on their rooftops – giving guests and night owls a fabulous open-air space to soak up the view along with sumptuous starters and a few signature cocktails. Nivedita Jayaram Pawar checks out the all-new and inventive Skky lounge where the architecture and interiors are as exciting as the food it serves.
Stylishly modest and characteristically muted, Skky is the sort of place where your eyes can’t decide where to focus because there’s so much vying for attention. The vastness of the lounge is broken up by the water bodies that separate the tables and also exude privacy to diners. Regardless of where you sit, there’s always something to distract you from your iPhone, be it the large LED screen playing football matches or the show kitchen where sushi is being rolled up. Skky is also home to one of the longest bars in the city, which measures up to 510 sq.ft. The kitchen is designed in the open-style format, so you can observe Chef De Cuisine Rohan Koppikar and his team slaving earnestly in their spotless whites and caps. The lounge also has a Tepanyaki counter where Chef Neetesh indulges guests with his flair cooking. The wood flooring lends a contemporary feel to the environs; it’s rightly balanced by low lighting and an attentive staff.
Skky has been put together by designer Pronith Nath, who worked with an aim to create a private dining area for each guest. Apart from the tables is a corner with a 12-seater sofa next to the display kitchen and screen, which is the most sought after spot at Skky. Lounge music adds to the ambience as does dim lighting.
Koppikar’s cuisine is particularly attractive as it is light, very fresh and quite healthy. (The restaurant claims the food served at Skky has zero trans fat.) The menu is presented on a tablet, which shows the dishes with a picture while listing ingredients alongside it. The first few courses highlight these characteristics. In particular, the dim sums at Skky make a stellar impression. Shaped like half-moons, the packets are so thin you can see the chopped greens inside; each bite is also meaty with juicy ground chicken. Accompanied by a mix of sweet soy, sweet chilli, coriander, and burnt chilli dip, they make delectable starters. The dragon rolls break fresh ground, too. Dragon-shaped roll of tempura prawn fritters, yellow finned tuna and grilled eel, glazed with teriyaki, tobiko and Japanese mayonnaise is served with wasabi, pickled ginger and Kikkoman. Each mouthful is a salty, smoky joy.
The other fare worth trying includes the Vegetable California Rolls. Asparagus, cucumbers and avocado are staples in Japanese rolls, but nowhere has it been as appealing as here, where the sticky rice is joined by chilled cucumber and toasted sesame. Even the Teppanyaki Rice, flecked with chicken and veggies, stands out.