Panayaa – A Modern Indian Kitchen

Staying true to its name, which means admirable or astonishing in Sanskrit, Panayaa brings to you shuddh shakahari food which is true to its roots but has a contemporary twist.

The moment you step foot into Panayaa, the ambiance is all set to wow you. Warm, elegant and classy décor and a color scheme of white and gold combined with chic wooden interiors; Panayaa gives you a serene and pleasant vibe. The use of mirrors and odd shaped shelves simply add to the earthy tones of the place.

Panayaa uses traditional recipes combining them with modern culinary techniques and presentation to astonish the senses of the ones eating it. It marries culinary techniques with molecular gastronomy however lets each retain its individuality.


As their alcohol license isn’t in yet, Panayaa offers some good looking mocktails to go with your culinary experience. Lovely flavors and vibrant to look at.



The Cottage Cheese Indiana had lovely, soft and tender paneer chunks marinated in some amazing masala while the Vada Pav v3.0 was the fine-dine version of Mumbai’s famous street food. However could do with some more stuffing.

Cottage Cheese Indiana [Rs. 375]
Vada Pav v3.0 [Rs. 350]

The Corn Bhel Maze Cornetto as well as the Chana Masala Wonton Chat had some amazing flavors. Lovely presentation, a good fusion way of showcasing classic dishes. #DeliciousDelicious

Corn Bhel Maze Cornetto [Rs. 390]
Chana Masala Wonton Chat [Rs. 325]

The Nazakat Kumbh were tandoori smoked mushrooms stuffed with Indian spices and onions. The softness of the juicy mushrooms was complemented by the crunchy onion stuffing perfectly. #YumYum

Nazakat Kumbh [Rs. 325]

The Roomali Roti Italiano is the Italian version of the papad. Nice, crispy base with generous cheese on the masala papad flavor base.

Roomali Roti Italiano [Rs. 250]


The Panayaa E Khaas was a rich and tasteful cottage cheese dish marinated in rich masala laced gravy while the Kheema Kasturi had vegetables diced kheema style and added to caramelized brown sauce finished with kasuri methi. The Payanaa E Khaas looked every bite the khaas dish it was and tasted heavenly. However the Kheema Kasturi didn’t tingle my taste buds as much.

Panayaa E Khaas [Rs. 475]
Kheema Kasturi [Rs. 450]

Papad Kofta Curry had dumpling of papad stuffed with cottage cheese and chef’s special spice cooked in typical makhani gravy however the papad coating was a little too thick.

Papad Kofta Curry [Rs. 425]

The combination of Dal Tadkewali with the Makhani Biryani was an unexpectedly good one. The biryani was supposed to be gluggy thanks to the makhani gravy however it could’ve had more bite. But taking nothing away from the taste. Delicious to the last bite.

Dal Tadkewali [Rs. 250]
Makhani Biryani [Rs. 375]


Desserts at Panayaa are at their fusion best. The Mohanthaal Cheesecake looked pretty as a picture and had amazing flavors while the Chocolate Landscape brought out some good theater thanks to the dry ice. Unfortunately by the time the dessert was finally constructed, the components had lost some of their flavors thanks to being frozen for a while.

Mohanthaal Cheesecake [Rs. 450]
Chocolate Landscape [Rs. 590]

The Panayaa philosophy is all about presenting the cuisine at its simplistic best, preparing delicacies using authentic ingredients, as they were prepared many years in the past, at the same time, adding an avant-garde element to the whole experience.


A big shout out to Carina for inviting us and Riddhi and Team Panayaa for hosting us.


I was invited for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same.

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