Your weekend to do list

Jade Crasto
The weekend is almost here and despite the cosy weather and lazy setting, there’s a good reason to step out this weekend. Maybe more than one! From indulging in a chocolate haven for World Chocolate Day to getting transported all the way to the beautiful coast of Amalfi, we’ve curated a list of some exciting events taking place this weekend in the city that are sure to lift your spirit and mood.
La Folie
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Prepare to immerse yourself in the delightful world of craft chocolate, an indulgence that embraces your senses and brings boundless joy with each delectable bite. In celebration of World Chocolate Day, one of India’s foremost bean-to-bar chocolate makers, Chef Sanjana Patel, Creative Director & Executive Chef of La Folie, is unveiling a truly unique cacao tree. Adorned with dangling cacao pods, each seeded with enticing coupons or gift cards, this extraordinary installation will captivate visitors in the East Zone of Palladium, just adjacent to the charming Cafe Allora. Chef Sanjana and her team have many more exciting activities and experiences lined up for you. Can you call it World Chocolate Day if there’s no chocolate fountain? I don’t think so! Overflowing with the finest origin chocolate made in-house at their micro-chocolate factory in Mahalaxmi. With the pitter-patter of rain outside, a warm, welcoming hot chocolate station at the pop-up will tug at your heartstrings. In addition to these exclusive World Chocolate Day experiential, visitors will also be able to indulge in La Folie’s selection of chocolate barks or chocolate slabs in 15 unique varieties, and La Folie’s bean-to-bar collection.
Chef Sanjana Patel, Creative Director & Executive Chef of La Folie; Photo Courtesy: La Folie.
For an even more unforgettable experience, don’t miss the opportunity to join Chef Sanjana for a captivating masterclass at Cafe Fyole, located on the second floor of the East Zone, on the 8th of July. In an intimate, demo class helmed by Chef Sanjana personally, you will not only learn four incredible craft chocolate recipes but also understand the techniques, temperament and textures of bean-to-bar chocolate with Chef Sanjana’s unsurmountable knowledge of chocolate science. The proceeds from this exclusive masterclass event will be donated to Trishul, a Charitable Organization (Non-Profit) working towards building self-sustainable communities through skill development, education, and livelihood programs in urban slums and economically weak rural villages in India.
When: July 7 – 9, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: East Zone, Palladium, 462, Tulsi Pipe Rd, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
Masterclass Date and Time: 8th July 2023, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Buy master class tickets here
Smoor’s ‘Soiree-De-Chocolat’ Carnival
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Immerse in the unparalleled delight of Soiree-De-Chocolat – The Chocolate Day Carnival, an extravagant celebration of World Chocolate Day with Smoor. The leading luxury brand of couverture chocolates is celebrating a cocoa-rich gastronomic delight on the 7th and 8th of July across stores in Bangalore, Mumbai, and Pune, an invitation to surrender yourself to the symphony of silky flavours.
Step into the realm of sweetness and delight as Smoor offers an array of indulgent experiences. From sampling their finest chocolate creations to engaging in hands-on workshops led by master chocolatiers, attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their appreciation for the craftsmanship and passion behind every delectable treat. Derive pleasure in crafting your own handmade truffles, designing and creating exotic flavours for your own chocolate bar while watching the beauty and symphony of how panned nuts are brought to life. Brace yourselves for a special treat as they also have a “buy one get one” deal, available across all Smoor outlets, pan India. This exclusive offer allows chocolate enthusiasts to double their enjoyment and share the sweetness with a loved one.
When & Where: Smoor Signature Lounge, Lavelle Road, Bangalore – July 7 & 8; Smoor Lounge, Powai – July 7
Special offers: 7th & 8th July, across Smoor outlets Pan India.
Nom Nom’s Chocolate Sushi
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Are you ready to tingle your taste buds? Get ready for a culinary sensation that blends tradition with innovation as Nom Nom, known for its unique Pan-Asian cuisine, unveils its latest mouthwatering addition, Chocolate Sushi: Cocoa Maki. Combining the traditional elements of sushi-making with a delightful twist of chocolatey goodness, this unique fusion dish promises an unforgettable experience for chocolate enthusiasts and sushi aficionados alike. The meticulously crafted masterpiece merges the delicate art of sushi-making with the irresistible allure of chocolate, with the crunchiness of sprinkled puffed rice, treating your taste buds with the rich flavours of chocolate and promising a one-of-a-kind dining experience for all chocolate enthusiasts.
When: 7th July 2023 onwards (World Chocolate Day); Lunch 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Dinner 7:30 PM – 1:00 AM
Where: Nom Nom, Above Radio Bar, Hotel New Castle, Linking Road, Khar West, Mumbai
Reservation: +91 7304876300 | +91 9653389253
PCO Mumbai
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Mumbai’s favourite speakeasy is bringing Origin Bar from Singapore to Mumbai for the first time. They have been recognized by the “30BestBarsIndia”, and excel in crafting cocktails that seamlessly combine innovation, creativity, and top-notch quality are joining hands for the first time with Origin Bar, ranked #66 in the prestigious “Asia’s 50 Best Bars” list. PCO Mumbai will be exclusively taken over by Rishi Randhawa, the Bar Manager of Origin Bar, to showcase his inspired cocktails. The specially curated menu will feature five signature cocktails, each reflecting a unique moment in time. Guests can savour the explosive flavours of Atomic, a captivating blend of Metaxa, Yuzu, Wasabi, Citrus, and Explosions. Another addition to their creation is Play-Well which is an intriguing combination of Metaxa, Gin, Caramelized Apple Cordial, Bitters, and Lego.
When: July 12, 2023, 7:30 pm onwards
Where: NRK House, S B Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Cost: Rs 3200 for two (with alcohol )
Reservation: +91 99200 55588
Poco Loco’s Tequila Fest
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Señors and Señoritas, indulge in a true Mexican fiesta with Poco Loco’s Taco & Tequila Takeover, where the flavours and spirit of Mexico will be brought to Mumbai. From tequila-infused fillings to dessert-inspired tacos, they’ve got something for everyone at their grand fest themed “Let’s Get Messy!” Customize your own taco by choosing from a variety of fresh ingredients and tequila-infused fillings that will tantalize your taste buds like never before. Wash down your tacos with their hand-crafted tequila cocktails, created to complement the flavours of your taco. Poco Loco’s expert mixologists will guide you in creating your own tequila-infused cocktails that will make your taste buds dance with joy. For those who love their signature preferences, the drinks menu has tons of options for you to choose from tangy to sweet. To add to the excitement, the restaurant provides bibs so you can fully embrace the messiness of your taco experience. And the decor will transport you to the streets of Mexico, with cut-outs of tacos and tequila bottles as the perfect backdrop for your Instagram-worthy shots.
When: June 21 to July 21
Where: Poco Loco Khar and South Mumbai
The Nazakat-e-Wazwan Kashmiri Food Festival at Ummrao
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Get ready to embark on a culinary journey at, Ummrao Restaurant, situated within Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai International Airport, which brings the exotic flavours of Kashmir to guests with the Kashmiri Food Festival, “Nazakat-e-Wazwan.” This festival promises to captivate the taste buds of food enthusiasts and transport them to the picturesque valleys of Kashmir. To elevate this unique culinary experience, Ummrao Restaurant has partnered with Sarposh, a renowned restaurant from Bengaluru, hosting a pop-up within their premises. Sarposh brings its expertise in showcasing traditional and contemporary flavours, complementing the Kashmiri delicacies and creating an unforgettable fusion experience.
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Prepare your taste buds for signature dishes such as Rogan Josh, a delectable lamb preparation simmered in rich aromatic spices. Experience the aromatic Yakhni Pulao, a flavorful rice dish cooked in a yoghurt-based broth, or savour the creamy and flavorful Dum Aloo, prepared with tender baby potatoes cooked in a blend of spices and yoghurt. For those seeking something extraordinary, Ummrao Restaurant presents the iconic Goshtaba, a traditional Kashmiri delicacy made with succulent meatballs cooked in a velvety yoghurt-based gravy.
So, head to Ummrao, from 6th July to 16th July, to embark on this captivating culinary journey and savor the authentic flavors of Kashmir. Reservations are highly recommended to secure your table for this limited-time promotion.
CinCin’s Lemon Festa
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Cin Cin is also set to transport us from rainy Mumbai to the sunny Amalfi coast. Mumbai’s all-time favourite Italian restaurant, CinCin brings the vibrant Italian summer to the city with its 5th edition of the most loved Lemon Festa. Experience the vibrant ambiance as the clinking glasses fill the air, and the aroma of the robust and comforting Italian delicacies fills your heart.  CinCin presents a specially crafted lemon-infused menu capturing the zesty spirit of Italy, with lemony twists on classic dishes to tantalize the taste buds. Designed to pay homage to Italy’s signature ingredients, Resident Chef Dayamani Singh creates this menu with locally sourced homegrown ingredients and Amalfi Lemons as the star of this renaissance. Dive into the Italian fare starting off with Insalata Estiva, a Butterhead Lettuce, Radicchio Lettuce, Peach, Celery, Walnut, Belper Knolle Cheese, Lemon Dressing, followed up with the flavourful bites of the epitome of Italian charm- Cicchettis such as Carciofi, which has Gratinated Artichoke Hearts, Spicy Tomato Mint Sauce, Grana Padano Cheese, Lemon Aioli.
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Moving onto the Italian classic with Pesto Di Limone pizza, a Lemon Peeled Ricotta Pesto, Leeks, Red Chilli, Basil, Grana Padano Cheese. Indulging in the essence of Italian culture, this special menu also presents exquisite pastas such as Tortello a triangular shaped pasta with Ricotta Cheese, Grana Padano, Lemon Zest and Celeriac Cream Sauce. Savour the heavenly pleasure of Italian Dolce with Sbriciolata an Italian Lemon Crumble Cake, Filled with Pastry Cream, Mascarpone Cheese, and Mixed Berries Compote. Bringing Italian culture to life, CinCin will also showcase a whirlwind of experiences and pop-ups for you to unwind with amigos!
CinCin will offer the special Lemon Festa food & cocktail menu only until the end of August.
Address: CinCin, Raheja Towers, Near Dena Bank, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East.
For reservations, call us on: +91 83558 70000
Palette to Plate ~ The Art of Flavours ~ at JW Cafe, JW Marriott Sahar
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Celebrating the Fusion of Creativity and Culinary Excellence, JW Café at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar presents Palette to Plate, a Sunday Brunch inspired by art. JW Cafe, a distinguished dining destination known for its culinary prowess, is delighted to host a much-anticipated collaboration between renowned artist, Jayashree Savani and Dane Fernandes, Executive Chef, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar at the Palette to Plate Brunch, relaunching its acclaimed JW Signature Brunch for a larger than life experience.
When: July 9, 1 pm to 4 pm
Price: Non-alcoholic brunch at INR 3,000 plus taxes; Alcohol-inclusive brunch at INR 4,200 plus taxes
The Brunch Club at Radisson Blu 
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Just grab your bunch and get ready for a Sunday Brunch extravaganza filled with flavors, laughter, and memories. At Radisson Blu’s brunch club, you can expect, Live Stations- From Chaat counters to Desserts, Live Music, dance, and more.
Add a bit of fun to your day with their art workshop or turn your brunch into a boozy one with their wine tasting sessions.
When: Every Sunday from 12.30 pm to 4 pm.
What more:  Rooftop swimming pool access and Discounted Spa offers
Where: Radisson Blu Mumbai International Airport.
Foo’s Blacklist Menu
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Prepare to embark on a thrilling and delicious journey as Foo & Anggel’s Share take you off the beaten cocktail path with the second volume of The Blacklist Menu -Foo’s signature cocktail program. This volume, rightly named as Unmapped is a collection that dares to explore unknown territories, crafted with spirits from Anggels Shares’ portfolio from around the world. Showcasing a diverse range from Japan to Mexico, the menu truly unveils an array of undiscovered and delightful treasures from around the globe. Raise your glass and say cheers to Tuscany with Hold the Wine, an easy-to-go and refreshing cocktail using Sabatini Gin from Italy. Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with the refreshing combination of Flor de Caña 12 Y.O Rum from Managua, Nicaragua, and coconut with Coco Caña. Discover the exquisite craftsmanship of Masumi Sake Kuro Black from Nagano Prefecture, an embodiment of Japanese precision and artistry with the Sake Sour, this is a must-try on the menu.
This limited edition menu will be available until 31st July across all Foo outlets in Mumbai & Bengaluru So let your taste buds wander and your spirit be adventurous with the tantalizing Blacklist Menu: Unmapped Edition!
Sarvatt Restaurant Pop-Up at Grand Hyatt Mumbai
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The renowned Sarvatt restaurant from the Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad invites you to immerse yourself in the diverse flavours and traditions of Gujarat. Master Chef Chandan Parmar, will present her specialty dishes in a seven and nine-course meal experience. The Sarvatt Pop Up promises to set you on a journey that will see bursts of flavours throughout the menu with fried and steamed ‘Farsaan’ and delightfully matched traditional botanical beverages, soul-stirring entrées, the piping hot and delicious Kadhi-Khichdi and the sweet end with an array of Mishtaan. Experience the heart and soul of Gujarati food, where every element harmoniously intertwines to create an unforgettable dining experience.
Where: SOMA, Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel & Residences
When: 7th July- 16th July 2023
Time: 7:30 – 9 PM and 9-11 PM
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