Tiara – Meluha The Fern Powai; The Epicurean’s Paradise In Mumbai

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To most people, a buffet means a long table with a stained tablecloth, failing miserably to cover its modesty, and on top of it, cold and unattended food. Well, I do not blame them. I have also been a victim of this format, and have developed a strong distaste towards it.

What I am trying to say is that I hate buffets, or well, hated them until I went to Tiara – Meluha The Fern at Hiranandani Gardens, Powai.


It was one of those lazy Sunday afternoons when my cook was on leave and I didn’t want to cook (for the lack of interest in it), that I decided to try Tiara’s grand luncheon buffet. Every Sunday, they host a grand brunch, well, you get it from its name already. It is a bit expensive when compared to the other days, but then, it is not everyday that you get to experience the perfect luxury buffet with endless options.

The Food

There’s a wide range of yummies to choose from – garden-fresh salads, savory cheeses, salads, curries, slow-roasted meats, seafood and a spectacular spread of cute looking (and delicious) desserts. These dishes are hand-picked by their trained chefs and most of them are of the finest taste. An addition to the offering is a trendy and a well-stocked bar, but the alcohol isn’t part of the buffet package.

 Their soup and salad are worth trying. Their chicken volaille soup and salad with miso dressing were beautifully prepared. They have a live starters counter and serve their starters at the table. You must try their kebabs. They are more than amazing. Their main course, however, was not topnotch. Their tenderloin jes, fish curry and paneer lababdar were a little too sweet for my palate. Talking about sweet, Tiara’s desserts were the perfect ending to a rather elaborate lunch. I am not a fan of anything sweet, but trust me, if I go back (again for the third time), it’d be because of their desserts (the way it was on my second visit).

Quick Tip
Though hard to resist, do not stuff your stomach with their starters. You’d be highly disappointed when you reach the dessert counter then! Jains please note that on advance request, the chef will serve up your special food options too.

The Ambience

The interior of the restaurant isn’t awe-inspiring and their seating arrangements are rather odd. Also, their tables aren’t really accommodating. I had trouble placing an extra quarter plate. But, they have a piano by their bar and tall French windows. So, its a win! The staff were extremely friendly and helped me get a table even though I hadn’t made a reservation.

Tiara really does have good food and it has changed my perception about buffets for sure.