The BIG March Roundup of New Places
Summer is right around the corner despite the pleasant cool breeze we’ve had over the last few days. In the interest of making peace with our weather, a lot of new places have well-shaded and pleasant outdoor sections. We’ve got the city’s first floating hotel, an old cult gig venue comes back to life, Pa Pa Ya expands to Colaba, and Juhu gets a bar called A Bar Called Life. Read on:
Francesco’s Pizzeria, Colaba
After outlets at Lower Parel, Kemps Corner, and Bandra, the fourth Francesco’s Pizzeria now open in Colaba. This two-storey outlet has additional dishes on its menu – including a Mushroom Stuffed Tortellini and Pizza Sorpreso. You can choose from their wood-fired thin crust pizzas or assemble one with your choice of sauces and toppings. Desserts include the signature Fransesco’s Broffle (Brownie+Waffle), as well as cheesecake, home-made gelatos, tiramisu, and Bomboloni alla Cioccolato – cinnamon sugar sprinkled, doughnut-like soft buns with a gooey chocolate interior.
Open daily from 11 AM to 11 PM at Shop no. 11/54, Ground Floor, Asriwalla Mansion, 57, Wodehouse Road, Colaba
Makers of Milkshakes, Pali Hill
Bandra’s newer milkshake outlet is from Hyderabad. Makers of Milkshakes has a reasonably-priced menu. On offer are classic American Thick Shakes, Frappes, Fruit Shakes, and Premium Shakes made from Snickers, Nutella, and Bounty. Banana specials like the Oreo Banana & Peanut Butter Banana and Corn Flakes specials like Toffee and Strawberry are also present on their menu.
Open daily from 11 AM to 1 AM at Shop 5, Jan Mohd Cottage, Near HSBC, Pali Hill
The third outlet of this innovative ice cream joint opened in Juhu this month. The cozy space seats up to 25 people. Their signature pastel blue, peach and pink interiors are repeated with chairs styled as cycles with pedals. The menu is familiar, with a range of classic ice creams, sorbets like Spicy Guava and Virgin Mojito, Waffle Sundaes, and Milkshakes. Try their signature Cookiewich, Hummus Ice Cream, or the Salted Caramel Popcorn.
Open daily from 11 AM to 11:30 PM at 2, Sea View Building, Opposite Millionaire Showroom, Juhu Tara Road
Desi Culture, Lower Parel
The latest addition to the ever-increasing restaurants at Kamala Mills, Desi Culture is a resto-bar in a basement. Following a fusion-Indian theme, Chefs Kshama Prabhu and Gaurav Gidwani present a menu that includes Molecular Chaat, Tandoor items, Thalis, Biryanis, and other mains. Their Oriental section has dishes like Street Style Chicken Satay, Burnt Garlic Paneer and Classic Chilli Prawns. There are also three Thali options – Punjabi, Raju Chinese, and Maharastrian. The Bar menu serves shots like Brain Hemorrhage, Oil Spill, as well as classics like Jager Bomb and Tequila.
Open daily from noon to 4 PM and 7 PM to 1 AM at C Wing, Trade World, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel
Melting Morsels, Bandra
Easily mistaken as a dessert joint, Melting Morsels also has quick bites like sandwiches and meals in a mug! These include vegetarian and non-vegetarian Pastas, Mac n Cheese, Spaghetti, Biryani, and Lasagna. They serve Freakshakes, Cupcakes, Macarons, Cakes, and Cookies. Other desserts include Fruit Tarts, Soil Cakes, Tres Leches, Bananza, Peanutella, and baked NY Cheese Cake.
Open daily from 10 AM to Midnight at Shop 3, Dheeraj Swapna CHS, Pali Hill
The Stables, Andheri East
An import from Dubai, the Equestrian-themed bar is a concept pub from the owners of Opa! Bar & Café. The theme for this gastro pub draws inspiration from world-famous race-winning horses. The bar will host gigs and offer a menu with options like Grilled Lamb Chops, Pan Seared Cod Fish with Pesto and Champagne Cream and Savoury Pies.
Open daily from noon to 1:30 AM at Peninsula Redpine, Near Airport Road Metro Station
The American Joint, Borivali
Contrary to what you’d assume from its name, The American Joint is a vegetarian restaurant. After BKC, their second outlet is open in Borivali. Falafel bowls, Pastas, Burgers, Sandwiches, and Nachos are present on the menu. They serve classic American Curly Fries with 10 other variants. Vegetarian Pizzas are named after iconic structures in New York – Statue of Cheese and The Broadway Margherita to name a couple. Desserts include Apple Crisp – as American as Apple Pie, with cinnamon vanilla and ice cream.
Open daily from 1 PM to 5 PM and 7 PM to 11 PM at Ahcl Homes Tower, Chikuwadi New Link Road, Borivali West
Bohemian Brew, Khar
Not that Khar really needs another Sheesha place, but Bohemian Brew has made it to that list. They specialize in teas, with the menu consisting of types of Black, Infused, Oolong, White, and Green Teas. They also serve traditional Adrak and Masala Chai. Their menu has Continental, Moroccan, Mediterranean and Lebanese dishes, with breakfast specials till 4 PM. Dishes like Duck Breast, Grilled Salmon, Falafel Burger, Moroccan Chicken, Fattoush Salad, and much more.
Open daily from 9 AM to 1 AM at Shop 1, Mahesh Apartment, TPS III Road 5, Off SV Road, Khar
AB Celestial, Bandra Reclamation
The city’s first ‘floatel’ – yep, there’s a word for that too, was ready in 2014. However, it was inaugurated only earlier this month by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Its amenities include three-tier luxury dining with access to sky decks, and the capacity to host over 700 guests across four spacious levels. Online booking of rooms is available, as is a 24-house coffee shop. Two multi-cuisine restaurants will serve food from a variety of cuisines. Did we hear you say date goals maaxxxxx?
Open 24 hours at Bandra Reclamation Jetty, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Bandra West. Call 022 2389 9229 for more information.
Mumbai Vibe, Khar
This fresh addition to the buzzing neighbourhood is a city-themed all-day bar & café. Their 3000 square feet space is divided into three vibrant sections. The outdoor section has picnic-style tables, white fences with brightly coloured flower pots, and even a table with a swing. Inside, you’ll find a live kitchen and bakery, well-stocked bookshelves, and delightfully cosy sofa-chairs. With puns on station-names along the wall, the stairs (and elevator!) lead to a bar on the upper level. The bar menu has cocktails drawing inspiration from the city. The food menu is extensive, serving everything from Indian to Continental. We loved the Malabari Parotha Tacos, Nani Ma’s Forgotten Grain Salad and the Chocolate Bomb.
Open daily from 9 AM to 1 AM at Ganga Jamuna Block, 14th Road, Khar
Razzberry Rhinoceros, Juhu
The cult gig-venue Razzberry Rhinoceros is back with a refresh button. You’ll find a new deck with an incredible view of the sea, an indoor section with a co-working bistro, a stylish bar, and a members-only section above it. The patio leads to the garden – an open, green space without any seating. Get yourself onto the hammock-like dreamy air bags (imported from Australia) with a drink. Each section has its own unique menu and decor. They will soon host gigs, as well as yoga and belly dance sessions.
Open daily from noon to 1 AM at Juhu Hotel, 39/2, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu
A Bar Called Life, Juhu
Replacing Villa 69, this new resto-bar serves modern Indian fare. The USP of the bar is the pricing of drinks, which begin at pocket-friendly rates at 6 PM (30 ml of Old Monk for at Rs 50), steadily increasing in price from 8 PM to 11 PM. Their signature cocktails include Kadhi Patta Mojito (curry leaf, mustard seeds, and white rum) and Vada Pav (whisky, curry leaf syrup and tomato juice). Food spans a wide range, from Rajma with Rice to Bheja, Gurda, and Kaleji.
Open daily from 6 PM to 1.30 AM at Paradise Banquets, near PVR Cinema, Juhu Circle, Juhu
Pa Pa Ya, Colaba
Split between two levels, the Colaba outlet of Pa Pa Ya features an elegant old-world vibe. The décor feels more regal than the stark geometry at the Lower Parel outlet. On offer is a similar menu, with expansion occurring mostly under the cocktail section. Our picks are the Bito-NoNe Chado, which blends vodka with tea served in a Japanese ceremony style with dried citrus slices. Food is consistently rewarding, especially the tangy, hearty Lamb Rendang Curry, crunchy Vegetarian Maki, a textured, rustic Kale Mushroom Bakchoy, and the Singaporean Chilli Crab with Mantao Bun. Wrap up your meal with Aerated Chocolate Matcha, which holds together a variety of tastes and textures.
Open daily from noon to 4 PM and 6:30 PM to 1 AM at Hotel Diplomat, Whitehouse Building, 24-26, B. K. Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba
Kuai Kitchen, Colaba
The most affordable offering from restaurateur Neville Vazifdar, the casual, cheerful Asian space has a menu serving Sesame Prawn Toast, Water Chestnut and Corn Dumplings, and Turnip Cake with Chilli Oil, and Diced Tenderloin in Truffle Oil. Sushi rolls and platters will also be available in varieties like Avocado Maki Roll and Crazy Cream Roll.
‘The KUAI Tiffin’ here includes an appetizer, a main, rice or noodles and a drink. This is available only at the restaurant in a choice of chicken, fish, prawns, or vegetarian. Drinks on offer are Dragon Daiquiri, Cookies and Cream Milkshake and a choice of ambrosial tea.
Genuine Broaster Chicken, Bandra Reclamation
The second outlet of the US-based patent chicken company is expected to open in Bandra Reclamation in the last week of March. Although the outlet will be smaller in size than the first at Versova, the menu is expected to remain the same.