Saturday, April 13, 2013

Dinner at Dum Pukht at the ITC Maratha, on our last night in Mumbai

On our last night in India a few days ago, living a Travelife, we had dinner at Dum Pukht, one of Mumbai's fanciest restaurants for Indian food.

It was very convenient, as it's located at the ITC Maratha Hotel right by the airport, so we could have dinner here at leisure before our 1 AM flight on Cathay Pacific back to Asia and reality.

Beautiful interiors at Dom Pukht

I really like the Cathay Pacific flight schedule at 1 AM from Mumbai to Hong Kong, by the way.

It allows you a full day to get lots of shopping and sightseeing done in Mumbai, plus have a nice dinner, and then you can fall asleep as soon as you take off.


Cathay Pacific flies direct from Hong Kong 
to most major cities in India


When you wake up, you're in Hong Kong.

So this is the flight we decided to take.

True enough, on the Mumbai - Hong Kong flightwe pushed the flat bed buttons and were asleep within 10 minutes after take-off. No need for a meal after our whopper of a dinner at Dum Pukht.


Anyway, we'd arranged to have a proper Indian degustation meal at Dum Pukht at 8 PM, as we figured we would need to leave for the airport at 1130 PM for our 1 AM flight.


We'd been out the whole day and we'd returned to the hotel just in time to freshen up before dinner.

As soon as I got to my suite, of course I was on email and Facebook, so I didn't have time to change clothes for what was going to be a pretty fancy dinner.

Beautiful interiors at Dom Pukht

Besides, I was wearing one of the 9 Tinsley dresses I'd brought on my trip to India.

These super wearable Tinsley dresses easily took me from sightseeing in the heat in the daytime to fancy dinners at night almost every day.


So that night, I just put on a pair of heels and some jewelry, powdered my nose, and headed to this really beautiful restaurant just after 8 PM.

My friend Mr. Jaded, always on time, was already waiting. And he'd put on a coat as it was a pretty formal restaurant.

When I saw him waiting just past the restaurant door, I said: "OMG, you look really good." I'm not really one to mince words, you see.

Neither is he. He replied, with what seemed to me a hint of mild irritation: "I always look good."

I shook my head with a smile and said: "No, you look really good tonight. In fact, you look so good that I want my photo taken with you."

The photos -- yes, plural -- turned out really nicely, by the way. Unfortunately, I can't post these here.

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He's always in the society pages, and I've seen him several times at formal events looking pretty dashing in a tux or a barong.

But after nine days of adventure travel in India, albeit staying in pretty glamorous places, he was looking especially good that night for a fancy dinner at Dum Pukht.


As for the meal, we let the head waiter choose all the specialties for us.

And then we added a few choices of our own like the chicken kebabs that we liked so much. We also ordered our bottles of Perrier and our sweet lime juices.

And, as always in a Travelife, everything worked out simply perfectly.

My butler packed my stuff while I enjoyed my kebabs, plus a last plate of biryani.

Last biryani before flying....

And then we finished dinner in time to change to travel clothes, and we made it just in time for our flight.

When we reached the airport, the super efficient ITC Maratha airport team was waiting to whisk us through airport procedures. We arrived so just in time that we didn't even have minutes to have a cup of tea or to check emails at the Cathay Pacific lounge.

Almost straight to the plane -- and just the way I always like it.

And this is how another day ended in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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