Serving Food with Style & a Touch of Magic
The Design Source|October - November 2016

‘Going out’ means more than simply leaving your house; its about jumping into another world –a place filled with fantasy and magic. A restaurant goer’s words quite aptly describe the experience of eating out. It is not merely the food, the taste, the variety and the décor. It’s about all of this and more. It’s a magical world and a fantastical experience which people seek out whenever they eat out. KOKO, the Contemporary Asian Gastro Pub recently opened in Mumbai’s Parel area seeks to reach you just there.

In the heart of Mumbai’s commercial centre, at Kamala Mills, Lower Parel stand a multitude of restaurants,which have indeed made it a haute spot for trying and experimenting with a wide spectrum of cuisines. In this midst a new restaurant seeks to catch an element of surprise and provide a unique “ the experience of eating out”.

Architect Sumessh Menon’s work ranges from residential to hospitality spaces.His recent projects include a home that he designed in South Africa and ongoing Dubai homes. His repertoire of restaurants includes high-end dining spaces across the country and around the world, from Mumbai, Delhi and Pune to New York. In fact, it was a visit by Ryan Tham to one of the New York restaurants designed by Menon that prompted him to get the architect on board for Koko.

He describes his expreience of working on this project asI don’t reference anything that I have done previously for a new space. It needs to be a completely clean slate, getting back to the beginning of sorts, and creating something I have never done before ”.

He is currently in the process of designing many more restaurants across Mumbai.

KOKO does just that to make its presence felt. It is Henry Tham’s newest endeavour. The man who pioneered Asian cuisine in the city, and has over the last several years, conjured up innovative flavours that appeal to the Indian palate. A legend among connoisseurs, he has elevated Asian food into a fine art form. Now, the baton of taking forward this illustrious legacy has been passed on to his sons, Keenan and Ryan, both of whom have kept the flag of innovative cuisine flying high, with this latest endeavour, KOKO. With a renowned UK-based mixologist, Dmitri, to helm things at the bar and an international chef to take care of things in the kitchen, KOKO offers great food against an equally tasteful backdrop. One that has been carefully curated by the able team at Sumessh Menon Architects.

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