New Places to Visit This Festive Season
Festive season is here, and that means slowly improving weather, new restaurants, and a wave of amazing meals. Here’s our massive round-up of recent openings from all over the city with some advice on what you should order when you visit.
Mr Baozi, Lower Parel
Kamala Mills gets another one in its bustling kitty with Corum Hospitality’s Mr. Boazi, launching as a Pan-Asian gastropub. Their menu, helmed by Chef Kshama Prabhu, will focus on Sushi, a variety of Curries, and Bao Sandwiches. The 5,000 square-foot space is now open in the basement of TBSE’s Kamala Mills branch, and will operate from noon to 3 PM and 7 PM to 1 AM.
Quick tip: A 20-piece platter of Sushi at 1200 Rs does have us tempted.
Grandmama’s Café, Juhu
The beloved chain is up & running with their 3rd outlet. With a refreshing grass area and signature inviting interiors covered in floral wallpaper warmth, this one’s their most spacious outlet at 2,200 square feet. Visit it at Hotel Royal Garden for new additions to the menu, now including specials from the grandma who inspired the venture.
Quick tip: We spent their launch party asking for more Green Garlic Risotto.
Andheri’s freshest all-day bar and restaurant takes inspiration from Greek islands like Santorini and Mykonos. The colourful restaurant has blue, white and black interiors, which make it particularly attractive for a sunlit brunch. Their extensive cocktail menu shows promise.
Quick tip: Spaghetti Aglio Olio and Dal Khichdi (yep, seriously). Their Cold Pizza fascinates us.
Kitchen Garden by Suzette, Pali Naka
A health-focused café that serves global food from organic ingredients sounds a bit dreamy, doesn’t it? Yet Kitchen Garden by Suzette does exactly that. You can pick from healthy salads, a to-go counter, meals-in-a-bowl, beverages like cold brew coffee, smoothies, and cold-press juices, and fresh sourdough loaves coming in thrice-a-day. They even have a special breakfast menu with pancakes and light brioche sandwiches.
Quick tip: Healthy eaters should try their Soba Salad, while others should get the Chocolate Walnut Cookies and Mini Philly Cheesecakes!
Mumbai’s first travel-inspired bar and has a playfully global menu, offering everything from twists on Indian to re-interpreted American and European dishes. Each table has hand-drawn illustrations of iconic monuments, and their extensive menu even offers regular all-day café fare like Burgers, Pizzas, and Sandwiches.
Quick tip: Arbi Andhra Chilly, Videshi Khichdi & Gulab Jamun w/ Granny Smith Rabri were our favourite dishes at our sneak peek.
212 All Good, Lower Parel
Healthy, organic eating is taking over the world (we mean Mumbai) and we love it. 212 All Good at Phoenix is a new venture by Bellona Hospitality, their F&B arm. The focus here is on keeping the ingredients fresh (yes, farm-to-table kinda fresh). They’ve even got an in-house soda machine and a menu of progressive Indian food, all without preservatives to encourage gut-friendly ingredients. The 50-seater cafe opens on Monday, 17th October.
Quick tip: Drop in for breakfast and check out their promising Sweet & Savoury Brekkie Bowls.
A restaurant built on the farm-to-fork philosophy, Masque was started by Aditi Dugar, who runs high-end catering service Sage & Saffron and Culinary Institute of America graduate, chef Prateek Sadhu. Masque serves two set menus: six-course meal and a Masque Experience Menu. You can also opt for a sampler by ordering any 3 courses from the 6-course menu. The ambience effortlessly balances chic with warmth, and the staff is polite, polished, and well-informed. We’re usually classier, but this is the best restaurant bathroom we’ve visited.
Quick tip: The Masque Experience Menu is lighter than you imagine. You can also make your own infused gin here.
Lemon Leaf, Colaba
The newest branch of Lemon Leaf brings them to town in an elegant, yet snazzy 2,200 square-foot space next to Indigo. New to their menu here is a focus on small plates, along with classic dishes like Sri Lankan Curry, Som Tam, Khow Suey, and evergreen Thai Curry. Small plates include Tuna Poke and Cream Cheese Stuffed Potatoes with green curry sauce.
Quick tip: Grilled Prawns and Spinach Dumplings here are top-drawer.
Madeira and Mime, Powai
Madeira and Mime is by the owners of the neighbourhood’s gem, Mirchi and Mime. This new outlet is a gastropub set in Hiranandani Business Park. The food menu will feature dishes like Pulled Mutton Burger, Quebec Poutine with cheese curd, and Bombay Duck Fish ‘n’ Chips. The wait-staff here, like at Mirchi and Mime, will be hearing and speech-impaired.
Quick tip: We’d get Miso Ramen Soup, Deconstructed Ratatouille, and an allegedly wicked Banana Split.
Independence Brewing Co, Veera Desai Road
Welcoming breweries from outside the city is practially a Mumbai tradition now. With Indpendence, it carries on. The Home Fries and specially-brewed Method To Madness IPA are ideal for any visit here. We’re also incredibly fond of their Four Grain Saison, one of the finest fruity light beers in the country. The Bourbon Oak Brown Ale is another one you’ve simply got to put on your list.
Quick tip: Friends in Pune tell us they come with great repute in the Burgers department.
Sassy Spoon, Bandra
One of our favourite European restaurants is back after a beautiful renovation. Along with fresh interiors, this restaurant’s new menu has interesting offerings: soups like Green Apple and Scamorza and Fennel, Kerala-style Lamb, Mushroom Burger, and Tenderloin Jerky with a rustic tomato and chilli dip.
Quick tip: Mushroom Tortellini, PB&J Freakshake, Rawa Crusted Bombil are what you should get.
One of Mumbai’s most buzzing bars has re-opened quickly with a refreshing, laidback look. Newly-introduced community tables and an amphitheatre are great for groups to hang out. A private area called the Drawing Room can be booked for larger parties. The menu has some interesting additions. With dishes like Korean-Fried Cauliflower, Sambousek Al Arab, Kosha Mangsho Bao, and even a Paaji Ka Bento Box. Their alcohol menu lets you eat shots, with 15 options like the Oreollo and the Cafe Neto, the latter a cupcake with Jager and tequila.
Quick tip: Their island bars make it simpler to sway with a drink on packed nights.
Which of these will you visit first? Tell us in the comments below!