NESS at Trident, Nariman Point – A Haven for Avant-garde cocktails and a feasting menu.


Avant-garde cocktails are the epitome of innovation in the world of mixology, pushing the boundaries of traditional cocktail-making with their unconventional ingredients, presentation, and techniques. These cocktails often incorporate elements that create a multi-sensory experience that is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.

Pairing these cocktails with tempting bar bites elevates the entire experience. The contrast of flavors and textures between the avant-garde drinks and the rich, savory bites creates a harmonious balance that tantalizes the taste buds and leaves a lasting impression.

WHAT'S HOT IN MUMBAI came across A Vibrant Bar Embracing Mumbai's Essence that’s super cool and creative, pairs some avant-garde cocktails with the right bar bites and nibbles. So if you are looking for a soothing, unforgettable gastronomic adventure, we strongly recommend you visit this place.

Situated within the iconic Trident, Nariman Point renowned for over five decades of unparalleled hospitality, NESS is an exciting new bar that captures the dynamic essence of Mumbai. Derived from the Gaelic word for a promontory jutting into the sea, Ness embodies both a physical and metaphorical extension of land and sea since it overlooks the Arabian Sea.

The first impression when you enter Ness is not just mesmerizing but leaves a soothing, holistic and welcoming ZEN mode feeling within you. The elegance and vast space design embraces open, airy spaces seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor elements. The milky white backdrop, creatively blending the bar has color breakers of lush foliage which lead to the expansive sea-facing deck. The mustard and green furnishings add a stylish yet cozy touch which program you to spend some quintessential moments with your soul mate or also ideal for business meetings or a gathering with friends.

WHAT'S HOT IN MUMBAI was thoroughly impressed with the perfectly packaged moments of bliss coming the Trident Hotels group. While the ambience is soothing and inviting, so are the avant-garde cocktails and bar nibble menu which has an amazing choice for all who visit.

What we recommend to nibble on:

Black Cod with Miso glaze is a dish that truly stands out in the culinary world. This classic Japanese dish that has gained international fame, offers a melt-in-your-mouth experience that’s both delicate and deeply flavored. The black cod, known for its silky texture and rich flavor was perfectly marinated in a sweet miso paste. The flavour tones are beautifully rich and savory-sweet crust that perfectly complemented the buttery softness of the fish. Loved the perfection of this dish.

Avocado ‘Bhajji’ with Blue cheese and celery dip is a delightful fusion that marries the crispiness of Indian street food with the creamy richness of Western flavors. The ‘Bhajji’, a traditional Indian fritter, gets a modern twist with the buttery texture of avocado, offering a soft contrast to the crunchy exterior. Pairing it with a bold Blue cheese and refreshing celery dip is a culinary juxtaposition that’s both unexpected and harmonious. The tangy and slightly sharp notes of the Blue cheese dip cut through the richness of the avocado, making each bite an intriguing play of flavors and textures. This dish is a testament to the beauty of culinary experimentation, creating a unique appetizer that’s sure to intrigue and satisfy.

The Akuri Kheema Taco is a fusion dish that combines the subtle flavors of Parsi cuisine with the casual fun of Mexican street food. The taco is filled with Akuri, a Parsi-style spicy scrambled egg, and Kheema, a savory minced meat preparation. This delicious innovation has subtle, spice tinges, the akuri is soft and moist. Surely a hearty and flavourful bite. It is a must-try for those who love to explore global cuisines with a local twist. It’s a creative culinary delight that’s sure to satisfy both your hunger and your taste for adventure. On a personal note, we missed the extra spice tinge but the Parsi style of cooking has always had a subdued note.

While having conversations over Cocktails, it's an elementary must to oder the Little Toasts portion which offers a variety. Our tasting potion garnered a gourmet symphony of flavors, each bite a testament to the art of fine appetizers. The roast beetroot elevated the creamy tang of feta and the rich acidity of balsamic. The truffled wild mushroom toasts are a luxurious affair, with the unmistakable aroma of truffles infusing every morsel. On the other hand, the goat cheese and onion jam combination is a classic pairing, where the sharpness of the goat cheese is beautifully balanced by the sweet and savory onion jam. Together, these Little Toasts are not just food; they’re a culinary experience—each one offering a unique and exquisite flavor profile that promises to delight the palate.

There were a host of other bar bites which we tried since their menu is quite exhaustive and a magnanimous choice to choose from.

Our recommendations for the Cocktails:

The Marines Sour cocktail is a perfect choice for those who appreciate a cocktail with a strong personality and a harmonious blend of sweet, smoky, and sour notes. It’s a modern twist on the classic sour cocktails, offering a unique sensory experience that’s both traditional and contemporary. We loved the bold character, intricate flavors and dramatic serving presentation. This drink commands attention for its smoky depth, sweet complexity that complements the whiskey’s robust profile. An outstanding sour mix adds a refreshing sharpness, balancing the cocktail’s sweetness and enhancing its rich palate.

If you are looking for a vibrant cocktail creation that combines the clean taste of vodka with the earthy sweetness of turmeric honey syrup the Yellow Pages is a perfect bet. We loved the zesty lime, citrusy punch, the chamomile tea infused gentle floral note. Surely refreshing and soothing blend. The drink’s signature feature, the bubble, not only adds a playful touch but also an interactive element as it bursts, releasing an aromatic mist. This cocktail is a visual and sensory delight, perfect for those who enjoy a modern twist on their spirits. It’s a cheerful homage to the classic directory, promising a memorable sip every time.

The EOS cocktail appears to be a delightful concoction that combines the crispness of gin with the sweet and tart flavors of raspberry and mixed berries. The addition of tonic brings a refreshing fizz, while the sour mix perfectly balances the sweetness, adding a tangy edge. The pinkish hue suggests a playful and inviting drink, ideal for those who enjoy a fruity yet sophisticated cocktail. It’s likely to be a hit for its visual appeal and balanced flavor profile, making it a charming choice for a summer evening or a chic gathering.

Our last cocktail is a sensory journey, with the saffron’s subtle spice playing off the tropical notes, creating a delicate balance that’s both inviting and sophisticated. It’s the perfect sipper to watch the sunset, as its name implies, offering a moment of tranquil indulgenceThe Saffron Sunset Sipper is a cocktail that exudes exotic elegance. It’s a blend of smooth rum and sweet coconut liqueur, enriched with a saffron-infused syrup that adds a luxurious depth of flavor. The presence of an orchid flower as garnish not only adds a touch of visual beauty but also suggests a floral hint to the aroma.

Ness at Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai, welcomes guests from 12 noon to 1:30 a.m., seven days a week, offering an eclectic mix of lounge music and DJ beats to set the perfect ambiance, all the way into the late hours of the night.

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