My Top 10 Restaurants in Mumbai!
Imagine sipping on your favourite cocktail in a lounge that soars above any other, has a view of the ocean and the setting sun in the background – nothing can possibly get better than this, in this city of Mumbai. The food here is delectable and the service to reckon with.
Yet another haven that is sure to leave you in awe, with a combination of a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and an exquisite fare of sophisticated and subtle cuisine. Open-air, candlelit, great music, an awesome crowd, a swimming pool and a breathtaking view – could anyone ask for more in a restaurant. Needless to suggest that you get there at dusk or early enough to catch the sunset and then party on! This is by far the most romantic restaurant in Mumbai.
Originated in London, Soho House has houses all over the world practically. Yes, ‘Houses’ – these are large houses, manors, mansions converted into creating homes away from homes for travellers and visitors. In Mumbai, it’s a sea-facing property turned into luxurious rooms, workspaces, studio and sought after restaurants and a bar. They have it all, healthy, working lunches, dinners, small bites and a very interesting and premium wine list. Their Italian restaurant, Cecconi has really good a La Carte food and one of my favourites is their lobster spaghetti. It’s two thumbs up from me.
Now, once you are born into a Bengali household, it’s impossible to not become a food lover. Bengalis are known for their affinity towards, art, travel and most importantly food. While a lot of ‘bongs’ have very eclectic taste buds, others light up like a christmas tree at the slight sight and smell of traditional Bengali cuisines, every single time! I for one happen to be the latter kind and so far there hasn’t been a better restaurant serving bengali food than Oh! Calcutta. Their ‘hilsas’ are always lip smacking delicious. Some of my favourites from their menu are: Luchi and Cholar Dal, Kosha Maangsho, Bhapa Ilish, Daab Chingri, Prawns cutlet and the Nolen Gurer Ice Cream. Of course there is much more than this to explore.
Whether you are a fitnerd or a nutritionista or simply trying to eat clean and healthy, this is my top stop in the city. I never really loved salad until I visited this place in Bandra. Smoothies, salads, soups and much more will keep taking you back to them. I find them very innovative and authentic in their approach. Also, their hot chocolate is the best I have ever had in the entire world and yes, I am saying this after having visited 64 countries!!!
A perfect place where you can unwind, unwind and unwind some more. Located in the heart of Mumbai, Lower Parel, it’s the ‘go-to’ place for young working professionals in the vicinity to hang out after work. The place literally transforms your dreary day into a joyful soiree. The food here is fun-it’s a reinterpretation of the diverse cuisines from all parts of India. Backed up by award-winning restaurateurs and chefs, this place wins the award for ‘a fun night out spot’, hands down.
Located across Mumbai, I can vouch that no one makes better Butter Chicken than these peeps. When I am off my food vigil, I usually head straight to BCF or simply order online. Butter Chicken also happens to be one of my favourite comfort foods ever since I was a kid. Although there are many restaurants in Mumbai who serve authentic Northy food, for me this place is a retreat. Their Prawns fry, Daal makhani, Butter chicken and the Phirni are to die for. Makes my mouth water even while writing this. Their main outlet is in Bandra but I visit the one in Lokhandwala very often.
- The Pantry
This clearly is one of my most favourite cosy restaurants in South Mumbai. I can sit here for hours and hours, be it with a friend or solo. It’s the perfect place to have some very healthy food and it’s a great choice for all Vegans too. Whenever I am in South Mumbai, I always make it a point to drop by here.
If you are looking for Indian food with a modern twist, there is no better place than Tresind. They opened their first restaurant in Dubai followed by Kuwait & Mumbai. Impeccable service, exotic cocktails and a 10-course menu – this restaurant is all you ever dreamt of. Each course is explained to you in detail, the ingredients, how they are sourced and what it’s inspired from. The 7th course was a Bengali meal which stole my heart! Also, their Khichdi is the most unique, it’s made with 20 different ingredients from 20 different states and it’s by far the best khichdi I have ever had in any restaurant in Mumbai.
Ever since this place opened up in Bandra, I was super excited to visit it. This place is by the Taj Mahal tea brand of Unilever and I happened to have worked in that organisation (HUL) for 9 years! I knew I would love the place even before I walked in. But keeping my bias aside, this place is so so good! The decor, the artefacts, the tiny tea shop, the pretty corners, the food and the wide variety of tea & tea-infused drinks are absolutely excellent. Go visit it and you will definitely thank me later.
That’s it from me. Do you think there is any other place that I have missed out? Please do add it in the comments below for everyone to know.
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