IF YOUR MIND IS A PRISONER OF YOUR LIMITED THOUGHTS, HELP IT BREAK FREE. TRAVEL

- SAJJID MITHA

IF YOUR MIND IS A PRISONER OF YOUR LIMITED THOUGHTS, HELP IT BREAK FREE. TRAVEL
- SAJJID MITHA

Progressive Oriental House (POH)

Mumbai has a new address and it is indeed an iconic one. It is where a master performs and leaves his audience mesmerised. It is where talent knows no boundaries and one can expect an Oscar winning performance on every visit. If you, my dear reader think I am referring to the recently restored and re-opened Opera House, where entertainment and art have reached dizzying heights, appealing to the most alluring cultural minds, I don’t blame you. But for a connoisseur of good food, a person with a discerning palate, a gourmet, the stage show he looks forward to, is of a different kind. The kind in which the conductor of the orchestra, performs in the kitchen.

Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit RoyWhile the Chef, I will introduce you to dear reader, may not be a branding juggernaut like Heston Blumenthal, (although he has assisted him at the Fat Duck), to us, he is a master conductor. He crafts his own symphonies from his mind, which we think is nothing short of brilliant.

Chef Vikramjit Roy of Progressive Oriental House (POH) is a Culinary Wizard. He makes dishes which redefine the word ‘stimulating’. They are not only delicious, but they appeal to so many more senses than just your palate.

Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit Roy
Laveena Mitha & Sajjid Mitha at POH

Laveena and I arrived at POH at Kamla Mills on her birthday eve and were shown to a Private Table for 8 which we were told was booked just for the two of us for the evening. A few minutes after we were seated, the curtains were raised and the grand performance began.

Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit Roy
1st Course
Poached chicken, barley & lacto-fermented banana flower salad with an asian pesto made with basil & cashew nuts and a thai chilli vinaigrette. Served on a bed of roasted red pepper coulis.

2nd Course

Baked sous vide prawns crusted with young almond slices, and later baked sprinkled with lemon zest. This is served with aerated spiced pumpkin puree, compressed pineapple, clove scented cauliflower, pea mash, lemon gel, fermented beetroot. Finally a sauce of fresh black beans and fermented mango is poured over it.

 
Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit Roy

Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit Roy

3rd Course

Scallops from Hokkaido region of Japan served with miso butter, smoked eggplant puree, garlic mash, pickled raspberry and a semolina crisp.


4th Course

Crab stick wrapped with crab mousse and then crusted with Crab fakes and baked. It is served with chilli bean saice, spiced corn kernels, stir fired crab meat and a panna cotta of corn and crab water.

Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit Roy

Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit Roy

5th Course

Sous vide duck breast crusted with caramelised cashew, served with cashew butter, poached figs and a tamarind duck jus.


6th course

Salmon crusted with pistachio & amaretto, served on a bed of a sushi rice & turmeric 'polenta'.

Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit Roy

Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit Roy

7th Course

Lamb meat balls wrapped with chinese cabbage and cooked. Served with Thai Red curry, thai eggplant and dehydrated eggplant crisp. This is served with a home made steamed vermicelli noodles.


8th Course

70% bitter single origin chocolate with coriander water, dehydrated coriander powder, coriander seed caramel.

Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit Roy

Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit Roy

9th Course

Apples cooked with soy and then baked in an onion puff, served with soy caramel ice cream, pineapple cooked in soy crisp and sweet soy reduction.


10th Course

Rose - Almond milk and rose panna cotta with textures of fruits, a foam of raspberry and a lavender honey poached cryo-fried edible rose.

Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit Roy

At the end of it all, Laveena said to me that what we experienced at POH was 'sensory design'. She said, “ no longer is eating out just about fine dining. It is a a multi-sensory experience which involves appreciation of the look of the dish, hearing in detail about what the creator has presented us with, it is about taking a deep whiff of the scents and aromas in play on your plate and finally it is about embracing the miracle with your tongue and allowing the flavours to explode into tastes and nuances you possibly have never experienced before."

Progressive Oriental House, POH, mumbai, Kamla Mills, Chef Vikramjit RoyIt is not just the use of modern cooking techniques which highlight Chef Vikramjit’s skill with thickeners, enzymes, liquid nitrogen, dehydration, sous vide, and other non-traditional means of cooking. There is so much more to what this young genius does. In search of perfecting what is on your plate, this magician, actually scripts a fairytale and ensures that what is served to you is the ultimate hero of his esculent grand presentation.

If you are looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion, we highly recommend the Chef’s table at POH. We loved it and plan to return real soon.

(The bills we settle at the end of our meals are done so in full and are not discounted. Our review is honest and not influenced in anyway)


Progressive Oriental House (POH)


• Location: Google Maps • Address: 21, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013

Our Rating


  • Location: 8/10
  • Food and Cuisine: 9/10
  • Design: 8/10
  • Service: 9/10
  • Overall experience: 8/10

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19 comments on “Progressive Oriental House (POH)”

Noor Anand Chawla says :
14 Jan 2019 18:55 IST
These dishes are indeed works of art! I would think twice before tasting them, in order to preserve their beauty. I’m sure they lived up in taste too. Thank you for sharing.
Hema Gayatri says :
14 Jan 2019 23:47 IST
The food looks awesome and the plating is incredible. I totally enjoyed reading your write up. 70% bitter single origin chocolate with coriander water seems is totally new to me.
Noorain says :
15 Jan 2019 00:22 IST
This definitely had me wanting an exotic food indulgence right away. Love the way, you’ve described the place with such finesse and detail.
travelmango says :
15 Jan 2019 12:05 IST
In reply to Noorain
Thanks Noorain.
Priyanka Patwari says :
15 Jan 2019 00:39 IST
Food are really very mouth watering.. Presentation of food is exquisite.. The interiors are very elegant .. Will definitely visit once..
Shub says :
15 Jan 2019 11:43 IST
Such a fine dine place I must say! I am drooling over your course 8,9 and 10. Must visit this place when I go to Mumbai next time...
Sandy N Vyjay says :
15 Jan 2019 12:39 IST
Progressive Oriental House (POH) indeed looks like a theatre that serves up a performance that is an indulgence for the senses. Definitely, a place to head to for pampering the senses on those very special occasions.
Gunjan (tuggu.n.mommy) says :
15 Jan 2019 16:32 IST
I have been to POH at Kamala Mills a year back and had a great time with friends. The food looks amazing and tatstes super. You just brought back some old memeories. Thanks for shaing
Snigdha Prusti says :
15 Jan 2019 16:37 IST
The food and the presentation ,everything is over the top.. Hope you had a great time there. By the way you are also looking super hot..
Varsh says :
15 Jan 2019 18:18 IST
I loved the presentation and can sure learn a thing or two from it. My heart's set on the last three dessert dishes the most! Must be quite an enjoyable experience.
Jhilmil says :
15 Jan 2019 18:22 IST
Now I need to say that he indeed has refined the word stimulating with his culinary skills. Indeed it would have waken up all of the senses, as all the delicacies looks lip smacking.
Rakhi Parsai says :
15 Jan 2019 18:35 IST
I was absolutely amazed at the number of dishes and the way they were presented. It's indeed not just about fine dining anymore. Lovely post.
Nisha says :
15 Jan 2019 19:58 IST
I don't remember when was the last time when I saw food presented so beautifully. And don't get me started at the deserts. I will definitely visit POH next time, I am in Mumbai.
Amita says :
15 Jan 2019 20:41 IST
The food Pictures looks awesome and the presentation is incredible Thanks for shaing this amazing post. hope enjoyed that.
Jiya says :
15 Jan 2019 21:00 IST
Wow so many dishes and I just love the presentation so sophisticated and lovely looking dishes. I am already drooling and would love to visit this place.
Khushboo says :
15 Jan 2019 22:03 IST
Food looks amazing and delicious mouth watering. Loved the ambience of the place. All the dishes are presented beautifully.
Charu Chittwal says :
15 Jan 2019 22:46 IST
Sounds like an amazing place to have an amazing meal with the loved ones, hats off to your writing skills, each and every point is beautifully written, thank you for sharing this piece of information.
travelmango says :
16 Jan 2019 12:34 IST
In reply to Charu Chittwal
Thanks Charu for your kind words.
Bulbul says :
16 Jan 2019 10:48 IST
OH ! Such a chic and classy place ! Perfecf for fine dining and looks straight out of Master Chef ! I am sure it will be a delight to visit this lovely place!

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