The man who pioneered Asian cuisine in the city, and has over the last several years, conjured up innovative flavours that appeal to the Indian palate has passed on the baton of taking forward this illustrious legacy to his sons, Keenan and Ryan, both of whom kept the flag of innovative cuisine flying high, with Koko. With a renowned UK-based mixologist, Dmitri, to helm things at the bar and an international chef to take care of things in the kitchen, KOKO 2.0 promises great food against an equally tasteful backdrop. The lavish new space scooped out of the neighbouring plot is a bespoke Japanese inspired space divided into a cosy lounge space and a plush dining area separated by a burgundy coloured wire mesh curtain. The dining area has a large communal seating set against an entire wall cladded with scooped-out design siporex blocks and a stunning custom designed light installation sculpted out of banana paper. Hints of Asian inspiration are evident in many of the design elements like the charcoal artwork of floating rocks that is splayed across one entire wall and beyond the lounge area there is a beautiful synthetic cherry blossom tree that breathes life into the rich interiors.
The entire design of the space was done by keeping in mind the Japanese addition to the cuisine that will reflect onto the interiors as well. All in all Koko 2.0 is as much about the ambience as it is about the food—and Sumessh Menon’s signature. It is has been interpreted perfectly with a bespoke design that will evoke appreciation. Koko 2.0 isn’t just a high end restaurant; it is a transformative dining experience.