The BIG July Roundup of New Places
It’s raining a bundle of things. The monsoon has kicked in with a smattering of new openings all over the city. We’ve got meat-heavy Brazilian in BKC, a chef-driven oriental fine-dining restaurant in Kamala Mills showing a lot of promise, and a coffee chain that opened its 12th outlet in Borivali. Read up!
XXO – The St. Regis Mumbai, Lower Parel
Exo, the hotel’s bar on the thirty-seventh floor has been replaced by a new nightclub. The new venue will operate only on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 7 PM to 1:30 AM at XXO, Level 37, St. Regis Hotel, next to Palladium Mall, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.
This is the all day bar and eatery’s second outing in the city after their opening branch in Kala Ghoda. The bar menu for this outlet is expansive, offering liquors, craft and draft beers, as well as multiple pages of India-inspired cocktails and Long Island Ice Teas. A small menu for ‘chakna’ lists Chakli Schezwan, Chana Garlic 65, and Chinese Bhel.
The all day menu offers drinks like flavoured chaas, including a Galangal and lemon grass flavour version apart from health drinks, Oats & Poha Thalipeeth, Vasai – Ker Bhujing, and Shakshuka.
Starters include Thai Curry Hummus and Patrani Chilli Poppers. Another section of the menu offers Momos, Baos, and Deli food including rolls, sandwiches, and even woks.
Open from noon to 1:30 AM at G5 Transocean, Hiranandani Business Park, Lake Boulevard Road, Powai.
Gateway Taproom, BKC
The folks behind the city’s most widely available craft beer are planning to open a restaurant by the end of July. Gateway Taproom will offer a place for all their house beers, along with more experimental brews served via their Explorer Tap.
The menu indicates cuisine-agnostic dishes prepared with European technique under the supervision of chef Viraf Patel, who is a consultant on the project.
Short-lived but well-received Gateway beers like Kaapi Stout and Darling Jee will share tap space along with staples like White Zen and Doppelganger.
The space, due to open towards the end of July will sport a wooden bar, graffiti, and long tables with a mix of high chairs and low slung benches.
Open from noon to 1:30 AM at Ground Floor, Godrej BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E).
The Bandra Project by PizzaExpress, Pali Hill
It is refreshing to see international brands respond to the city’s local culture. The Bandra Project by PizzaExpress is the first of its kind in the country with a menu that mixes signature house dishes with localised, experimental food. Expect dishes like Mini Lamb Burger, Spaghetti with Mussels in Bottle Masala, and other pastas finished in East Indian spices, a community that still occupies much of Bandra.
The bar and kitchen will update its menu each quarter to accommodate the freshest produce and the newest culinary trends. Designed by Pronit Nath, the space has a colonial look that uses contrasting materials like brass and cane. Other noteworthy members for the space include Ayaz Basrai, who will oversee a dynamic art selection for the space, and Varun Sudhakar, an award-winning mixologist.
Open daily from 8 AM to 1 AM at The Bandra Project by PizzaExpress, C – 534A, Ground Floor, HSBC Bank Building, Pali Road, Bandra West.
Kube, Andheri Lokhandwala
At 11,000 square feet, Kube is divided into restaurant and club. The food menu includes Tapas like Tasty Shiitake (spinach, feta, bell peppers, tangy sauce) and Sambal Fish Rolls (XO sauce, potato salli, cucumber kimchi) and Flatbreads like Gomberi (tomato sauce, chilli-garlic prawns, and mozzarella). Other sections of the menu are Soup and Salad, Tandoor, Pasta and Risotto, Entrees, Curry, Dal and Rice, Bread, and Dessert. The restaurant occupies 8,000 square feet, while the remaining 3,000 square feet goes to the club.
The drinks menu includes a full bar of spirits as well as signature cocktails like Tamarind Martini (vodka and tamarind syrup), Indian Spice Sour (infused whisky, apricot brandy, egg white), and Rum Bound (Bacardi Limon, coconut rum, spiced rum, dark rum, sweet & sour mix, and pineapple juice).
Open from 5 PM to 2 AM everyday at 5th floor, Crystal Point Mall, Azad Nagar, Link Road, Andheri (W).
Bowl Baby Bowl, Linking Road
A delivery service dedicated to meals-in-a-bowl, Bowl Baby Bowl serves theirs in a range of categories. The ones that caught our eye include Double Dragon (miso-garlic fried rice, teriyaki greens, mushrooms, water chestnuts), Nemo’s Seoul Bowl (sticky rice, secret sauces, greens, fresh herbs, chilli, peanuts, fried egg), and Laksa Noodle (penang coconut curry, chili sambal, traditional condiments, fresh herbs), as well as Fresh Basil Pesto (penne, basil pesto, cherry tomato, mushrooms, roasted peppers).
The menu also lists sodas, sweets, and snacks like Mini Paos, wedges, wings, and pockets.
Open daily from noon to midnight for delivery across Bandra West, Khar and Santa Cruz West via Swiggy or Zomato.
Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters, Pali Hill
Mumbai’s first coffee roastery is expanding with their second outlet in Bandra. The cosy space lets in a comforting amount of natural light along with siphon coffee, which is only available at this outlet. A compact and minimal food menu lists three types of croissants and Custard Cruffin by Mag St. Bread Co and a couple of energy bars by Gouri’s. Although no coffee roasting takes place at this outlet, their range of roasts will be available with fresh batches every Wednesday and Thursday.
Open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM at May Flower Apartment, New Kantwadi Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West.
Sweetish House Mafia, Kemps Corner
Likely the most beloved cookie brand in the city, Sweetish House Mafia opened a new Breach Candy branch on July 6th. Along with continuing with their comforting blue & white interiors, they’ve also kept their simple menu intact. While most loyalists have firm favourites here, must-try cookies here include Nutella Sea Salt, Peanut Butter, and the classic Chocolate Chip.
Open daily from 11 AM to 11 PM at 8/10, Nepean Sea Rd, Breach Candy, Cumballa Hill.
Coffee by Di Bella, Borivali
The award-winning Australian coffee company entered India in 2012 with entrepreneur Rahul Leekha. Steadily expanding across Mumbai, the Borivali outlet launched on the 12th of July will be their twelfth. The menu includes a wide range of waffles, their ever famous Freakshakes, a selection of hot and cold coffees and generous milkshakes.
Open from 8 AM to 11 PM at Ground Floor, Shop 4 & 5, Bhattad Tower Co, Borivali (W).
Originally from Pune, Boteco serves Brazilian food. The full bar menu includes a Caipirinha, served with cachaça, the country’s most popular spirit. Apart from regular courses like salads, soups, and starters, the mains on offer include meats like New Zealand Lamb Picanha and Churrasco de Steak prepared on a charcoal grill called ‘churrasqueira’. Their Boteco Mega Grill Platters include a Meat Platter (Tenderloin steak, pork sausage, Belgian pork steak, New Zealand lamb picanha, chicken breast and prawns) and a Seafood Platter (Grilled fish and prawns, salmon sushi rolls, crab cakes, grilled calamari, and crab stick salad).
Open daily from 12 PM to 1 AM at Unit GO 1A, Ground Floor, Parinee Crescenzo, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex.
POH – Progressive Oriental House, Lower Parel
A partnership between chef Vikramjit Roy and Speciality Restaurants, POH is short for Progressive Oriental House. The fine dining restaurant offers a private dining room with a secret, chef-driven, completely customized meal for up to 8 guests, whose preferences and likes lead to individual menus. Apart from regular à la carte, chef’s tasting menus are available for Rs 2000 (vegetarian) and Rs 2200 (with seafood, meat).
The bar at POH is where you should park yourself. It is the setting for a Sushi Omakase meal, where a sushi chef discusses your preferences before plying you with courses. The bar carries the theme of traditional Chinese medicine trunks, and picking a cocktail on an iPad leads to a programmed dance of drawers opening and shutting to assemble the ingredients for your cocktail.
Open daily for dinner from 7 PM, 21st July at Gate No.4, Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel.
Positioned as a premium casual restaurant, this new suburban spot claims to serve authentic versions of classic Indian dishes like Amritsari Macchali. More experimental dishes are also scattered around the menu – think Cumin Bhutanese Red Rice or Gondhoraj Nimbu Duck. Cocktails include +91-2366-Jambhul Karvand Martini (Bengal currant infused with vodka, shaken with plum pulp and juice) and +91-866-Avaki Mojito (Andhra pickle, Bacardi carta Blanca, mint leaves and lime).
+91 will open to diners from the 17th of July from noon to 4 PM for lunch and 7 PM to 1:30 AM for dinner at Om Satyadeep Apartments, Ground Floor, Gulmohar Cross Road No. 7, Vile Parle (W).