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July 25, 2024

Greece to Amazon: Newest restaurants in Mumbai

Jade Crasto
The best cure for the week’s weariness is without a doubt some good food. After all, the weekend’s nearly here and meant for relaxing with friends, enjoying nice food, and sipping cocktails. But instead of heading to your usual hangout spots, why not try out these new spots in town which take you all the way from the Amazon to beautiful cityscapes with their varied themes. Here is a list of some of the best new restaurants in town and their tempting menus.
Zerua, Worli
Zerua
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This sky-high rooftop lounge is located in the heart of town- Worli perched high above the busy streets. It is spread over 14,500 sq ft, composed of air-conditioned movable cabanas that incorporate natural materials. This magnificent ecological design was created by Mumbai’s well-known Architect—Ashish Kambli, who was inspired to create magic by the Spanish-French ‘baserri’ design. The eclectic lighting, understated furniture, and classic materials such as timber and stone, when contrasted with lush tropical vegetation and potted plants, conjure up images of basque flora. A scrumptious bite from the menu is curated by stellar Chef Rakesh Talwar, featuring a mix of Asian, Mediterranean, and Indian fare— platters, sushi, pizzas, flatbread, and grilled dishes. From dukkah-crusted fish to gluten-free pizza to truffle mushroom volcano maki, paired with sake, to a lamb carne asada—there is a flavourful selection of contemporary cuisine and Asian and Mexican-inspired eat to indulge in. There is a wide range of specially curated drinks menu including barrel-aged as well as zero-waste cocktails made with rapid infusions, foam washing, cream washing, and fruit leather.
Address: T1, 5th Floor, Atria Rooftop, Dr Annie Besant Rd, inside Atria Mall, opp. Poonam Chambers, Lotus Colony, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400018
Price: ₹2,500 for two people (approx.)
The Bombay Cartel, Juhu
The Bombay Cartel
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Spread over two levels, including the 2nd floor and the rooftop, the Bombay Cartel offers an excellent sit-down experience. The rooftop offers breathtaking views of the cityscape along with a mild and calming gush of sea breeze to take your mind off the chaos of the city. Another plus point is the view of the planes taking off and landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport located a few minutes away. Along with the efficient design, there is sophistication and vibrancy in everything, from the bespoke pattern terrazzo tiled flooring to the pebble granite leather finish bartop to signature arches and cozy, comfortable seating. Their delicious menu features a lip-smacking multi-cuisine delicacy. The Bombay Cartel gives a new meaning to vegetarian food with unique small plates, wholesome large plates, and comforting soul food paired with some exquisite craft cocktails by Pearl Fernandes; Brand Ambassador of Bacardi.
Address: 2nd Floor, Tiara Building, Plot.42, Juhu Galli, near CritiCare Hospital, Gulmohar Road, Juhu Scheme, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
Reservation: 9930368002
Price: ₹2,200 for two people (approx.)
Amazonia, BKC
Amazonia
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Amazonia, which serves you modern interpretations of the Amazon region’s tremendous beauty and cultural richness, allows you to harness your inner explorer to be curious, wild, and secretive all at the same time. Diners are astonished by hidden mysteries waiting to be revealed, creating a show for the eyes and a joy for the senses. With a jungle’s worth of flora and designed to mimic the forest atmosphere of South America, there’s an obvious sense of grandeur as you walk in. The five distinct yet dynamically connected spaces provide the appearance of intimacy while maintaining the buzzy mood. An all-day dining place, Amazonia takes the concept of food as art very seriously, offering a variety of highly delectable global cuisines with a refined sensibility. The menu is divided into Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Italian including salads, grills, sushi, bites, fish, and meat, and encourages experimentation and sharing. The culinary highlights include Grilled Polenta & Cottage Cheese, Amazonia Chicken Chili Oil Dumplings, Chicken Yakitori, Kimchi Yakisoba, Spicy Miso Ramen, Prawn Tempura Rolls, Kyui Wakame No Amazu-Ae, and the Amazonia Matcha Crème Brulee. The drinks menu brings unique flavor combinations with a focus on cocktails and mocktails with fun fusions like Mexican Little Pamlo, Brazilian Samba, Cuban Pain Curer, Amazonia Siesta, Namakemono, Jhon Rose About Girl, Ovant Ticklet, Tokyo Thriller, a crowd favorite, and rotating classics like Manhattan, Margarita and more.
Praia, Worli

 

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 Praia draws its vibe from Mykonos, Greece where life is one big party but is cognisant & reflective of the ever-evolving dining scape of the city. Being a sunset-night shift spot, Praia’s bar program is very mindful, and nuanced and includes zero-proof, low-alcohol & buzz-worthy cocktails! The wine program is an eclectic mix of solid classics, boutique wine labels & some independent labels that defy conventions yet bring out some exciting varieties. The largest open-to-sky bar in the city ( 15,000 square feet ), Praia has curated its food, cocktails & entertainment to be approachable yet very mood conscious. Whether you come in for dinner + drinks, wine & desserts, or a post-dinner drinking sesh, they’ve got you covered.
Caffè Allora
Caffe Allora
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Taking a trip to Italy for your winter break might not be getting checked off your bucket list, but bringing the Italian experience to Mumbai is the newly launched bistro – Caffè Allora. If you have been craving some authentic hand-tossed pizzas and handmade pasta, this newly opened Italian bistro should be your first choice. Like the food that makes its way out of an Italian home kitchen, everything on the menu here is fresh, delicious, and picturesque to say the least. The perfect warm and welcoming vibe at Caffé Allora is like visiting an Italian family. The space boasts of an open kitchen with an in-house hydroponics garden where you can pluck ingredients like basil, oregano, or rosemary right off the plant onto your favorite pizzas or pasta enhancing the flavor and replicating a typical Italian household during mealtimes. With cutting-edge technology employed in their open kitchens, Allora’s charm lies in its food, service, and warmth True to Italian culture, Allora is big on flavors, taste, and the welcoming family vibe. Specializing in hand-rolled pizzas and pasta, the Napoli pizza with a thin crust and a fresh taste is hands down a must-try when you visit here. The idea for the 15” pizza is to have families and /or friends share it and enjoy their time together. Not only is the ambiance worthy of making it to your gram, you, and your family, old and young alike will create memories of a lifetime here.
Address – Ground Floor, East Zone, Phoenix Palladium, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
Shy
shy
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Shy, an experiential brand-new all-day cafe and bar in the eastern neighborhood of Chembur is on hand to satisfy your appetite. An amalgamation of vintage interiors, global modern cuisine, and craft cocktails, this new 4500 sq. ft space specializes in flawlessly combining global cuisines and providing a tantalizing experience. The decor is traditional, with white marble-topped old-school moldings, a brass rail for a touch of deco, and seductively lit bottles at the back beneath vintage patinated mirrors. The levels along the area lead to a more personal spot in the corner with plants, books, and a soft table, lamp, and jute rug beneath the coffee table. The elevated portion forms an inner sanctuary, with a library and map room at the far end. Each location is lit with gentle lights and made as comfortable and velvety as possible with charming cushions and blankets to engage with the full body textures and embellishments of a magnificent past. An open kitchen and wood-fired oven serve comfortable meals on sophisticated, earth-toned plate ware. They curated a versatile menu suitable for everyone, from the busiest working professionals to college-aged adolescents looking for a new hangout. Some of the must-have dishes are Spiced Keema Potli Samosa, The Ghee Roast Pizza, Fettuccine In Pink Burrata Sauce, a popular dish made with flat fettuccine noodles in tomato & cream sauce, and topped with Burrata, Hawker Style Chinese Wok Box, Coastal Lunch Home Curry & Banana Leaf Rice, a classic Chettinad based curry dish served in a jar alongside khichiya papad and the famous ghee rice steamed in a banana leaf. You cannot miss out on their in-house concoctions: Sterling Pearl, a light & crusty cocktail that tastes like a dream; the Chocolate Moonshine, which balances booziness with decadence; Apple-bea, a deliciously fruity, sweet, and sour drink that keeps you coming back for more; and Elixir, a highball spin on the conventional G&T served over a considerable amount of ice.
Address: Cubic Mall, Ground Floor, Opposite Borla Society, Vasant Vihar Complex, Chembur, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400074
Contact: 08928885347
The Studs Sports Bar & Grill
The studs
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India’s first home-grown and iconic sports bar – The Studs has opened its doors in Thane. The Bar and Lounge brand began as a one-of-its-kind bar geared toward offering a high-energy environment for sports enthusiasts and has eventually turned into an easy-going place providing a holistic experience thus gearing popularity amongst its patrons. The outlet unveils a ground floor along with an added flair of the mezzanine. The interiors are a well-balanced melange of Victorian era molding, live wedge wooden tables, pure camel leather semi chesterfield sofas at the entry along with the contemporary high stool bar chairs and tables. Taking on the spirit of sports, the 21 feet-bricked walls adorn TVs, jersey frames, and a sports merchandise shelf filled with EPL team scarfs, key chains, mugs, and football for sale on retail prices with well-balanced neon signage spread out that reflects the Charleston anecdote blue walls. The finger food options feature classics from Assorted Fries and Wedges to the crowd favorite ChickenWings available in several options like Bhut Jolokiya, Honey Chilli, Sukka, or Cajun to the eccentric Yankee Platter, an ultra-sporty combination of signature dishes, available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. For Pizza lovers, the menu features options like Chicken Fajita and Spicy Cilantro Chicken with Fire #Roasted and Kasundi as vegetarian options. The brightly lit bar offers an unmissable variety of beverage choices ranging from tap beer to pints to blended whiskey, single malts, vodka wine, and Classic cocktails served with Studs Twist, dedicated to different athletic races of the Olympics. The cocktail menu consists of curated specials like Dragon’s Breath made with whiskey, gingerbread, syrup, and ginger ale or The Studs Singapore Spritzer made with sparkling wine, gin, in-house bitters, and freshly muddled oranges.
Address: Unit No. 2, Ground Floor, Centrum IT Park, SG Barve Rd, opposite TMC Office, Wagle Industrial Estate, Thane West, Thane, Maharashtra 400604
Contact: +91 8282823064 | +91 9602299696
Jade & Ginger
Jade and Ginger
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Nestled in a quiet by-lane in Bandra, Jade & Ginger is a deli serving flavourful Asian-inspired food. Created by the makers of The Tanjore Tiffin Room, Bombay Taco Company, and more, this deli has a cozy outdoor seating area filled with plants to create a calm, vibrant, and soothing atmosphere. Whether you’re here to catch up with friends, or just to grab a quick bite, you can be assured of a quiet moment before getting back to the hustle and bustle of Bombay. The bold pink and green colors evoke the freshness and richness of Asia. Jade is a cool and soothing stone. Ginger is filled with multiple benefits and is used in sweet and savory food, and in drinks throughout Asia. The menu offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, sliders, baos, tacos, and smoothies. You must try the Baos at Jade & Ginger – the Spicy Bangkok Mushroom made with Water Chestnut, Holy Basil, and Pickled Veg or the Bang Bang Shrimp made with Thai Chili Jam, Creamy Coleslaw, Pickled Veg. The Taco offerings come in a set of three soft shell tacos; their flavors play on your palate in a way you haven’t experienced before. Try the Spicy Chicken Karaage made with Lime mayo, kimchi slaw, and pickled mooli or the Babycorn and Mushroom Tempura made with Sriracha mayo, togarashi dust, sesame carrot slaw. These dishes are an ode to the rich and diverse flavors of Asia. The Chef has struck a perfect chord with the melange of modern and authentic, fresh but not fussy while also being delicious, healthy, and satisfying.
Address: Shop no 7, Rafi Mansion, 28th Rd, Gurunanak Park, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
Contact Number: +91 99204 26266
Time: 12 pm to 11:30 pm
Delivery: Available via Swiggy
Kiki’s at Ccaza Ccomodore
Kiki's at Ccaza Ccomodore
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Dining out in Mumbai just got even more exciting with the opening of Kiki’s, just twenty minutes away (by speed boat) from the city harbor. Blending an elegant yet quaint vibe with the exhilaration of a speed boat ride and a meal comprising dishes created with the freshest farm-to-table ingredients, an experience at Kiki’s, Mandwa (Alibag) is truly a notch above the ordinary! Spread over a sprawling area of 12000 square feet, Kiki’s Restaurant is a breathtaking garden cafe and an events space that also features a large inviting pool! While the restaurant is perfect for a meal with a beautiful mood and moments that make indelible memories. The Kiki’s café menu comprises of delicacies such as the Malvani Crab comes with just the right number of spices, which are housemade; the Turkish Lamb with a bed of Labneh and Paprika Butter is slow cooked for 6 hours; an immaculately built Freshpresso, an unusual blend of espresso layered with fresh mandarin orange juice. Amongst others are deeply satisfying salted caramel tarts and sourdough pizzas with 72-hour fermented doughs. So if you’re looking for a venue that spells refined taste and offers a short getaway to guests, then Kiki’s is that special place.
Address: Kiki’s Restaurant at Ccaza Ccomodore, Mhatre Phata, Dhokawade II, Alibaug
Contact: Melissa – 7304476546
Bombay Brasserie
Bombay Brasserie
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Situated in the heart of South Bombay, at Dhanraj Mahal in Colaba, Bombay Brasserie is the latest destination to experience Indian art, culture, and culinary nuances in an all-new essence with a charming art-deco vibe. The brand new eclectic menu showcases recipes from across different cultures with a progressive spin and the bar menu brings you nostalgic favorites and fresh creative concoctions with an inventive flair. The sprawling two-level space including a mezzanine encompasses a beautiful handmade vibrant kite lighting feature suspended from the double-height ceiling painting a buoyant picture of India’s spirited and multi-cultural harvest season. The story and legacy of the motley of Indian handlooms is woven onto a textile wall showcasing the craft of diverse handwoven Indian fabrics.  A tribute to the lifeline of Mumbai – the Bombay Dabbawalas can be seen on a beautiful corner with a collection of ancient tin tiffins honoring the institution of men who use Mumbai’s famed local railway to deliver home-cooked meals to offices across the city. The ancient art of hand-carved wooden ‘Jharokhas’ finds a special place on a beautiful wall in a private alley that leads to an outdoor space with fresh foliage. An attractive bar reflects the art-deco style arches and is finished with antique mirrors and vintage brass shelves which hold our unique homemade infusions, bitters, and tinctures to serve a well-traveled collection of old favorites and refreshing new India-inspired brews. From small bites to street grills, paired specials to big plates, Indian and global cocktails, and a vast spirit and wine list, with additions of the latest homegrown Indian craft spirits and beers, Bombay Brasserie is a space fit for all occasions, right from a casual lunch/dinner, office lunches, family gatherings, to date nights and special celebrations. With impeccable service, it sports an ideal vibe for enjoyable conversations and memorable times while taking you on an armchair adventure across the country with every bite and each sip.
Address: Bombay Brasserie Colaba, 2 Dhanraj Mahal, Block A, Ground floor, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai 400001
Telephone Number: +91 86559 79257
Timings: Monday to Sunday, 12.00 pm to 12.00 am
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