Check out these new entrants for their lip-smacking delicacies and heady concoctions. By Satyaki Sarkar
Very few Indian cities have such an incredibly multicultural mix of eateries like Mumbai does. From authentic Bengali restaurants serving the perfect smoked hilsa to the neighbourhood Chinese joint dishing out lip-smacking chicken cheese momos, we Mumbaikars have no shortage of good food to feast on. Yet there are always more new restaurants the pop up every month, and quickly make it to our list of favourites. Here are five new launches that you really must try.
1. Boteco, Lower Parel
Boteco brings you lip-smacking Brazilian delicacies that will leave you wanting more. The restaurant has bright and vibrant decor, with walls of yellow and blue tiles, and an exposed brick wall adorned by with musical instruments and colourful graffiti. When it comes to the food, the Pao de Queijo, Brazilian baked bread with cheese, and Leitao a Pururuca, which is roasted Belgian pork belly, are to die for. Their specialty, however, is the variety of charcoal grilled barbeque dishes, like the tenderloin steak, pork sausage, and Lamb Pizanha. When it comes to drinks, we suggest you go for the traditional Caipirinha, and the martinis on offer.
Price for two: Rs 1600
2. KODE, Lower Parel
Over the last few year’s, this part of Mumbai has developed into one of the coolest places boasting of an amazing variety of restaurants, pubs, and bars. KODE is the latest entrant in this area and has one of the largest collections of whiskeys in India. An enterprise by restaurateur Zorawar Kalra, son of food impresario Jiggs Kalra, the bar has an extremely carefully curated cocktail tasting menu that is paired specifically with the course you go for, such as the Liquid Root, and the Pearl of the Caribbean, besides regulars like the Old Fashioned. As for food, its 18-hours cooked Lamb Shanks, Miso-marinated Black Cod, and homemade Churros are simply scrumptious.
3. The Finch, Powai
Music and food are the centrepieces of this new live music bar. It has stacked an impressive line-up of local and international classical, jazz, retro pop, R&B, soul, folk and world music artists each month, serving as perfect accompaniment to their range of craft beers and wines. The menu includes European, Oriental, and Indian cuisines, along with a variety of finger foods from Europe and the Middle East, besides a wide array of sinful desserts.
4. Burn – Kitchen & Malt Room, Bandra East
Burn is the city’s first malt room, with over 35 different single malt whiskeys from around the world, including the usual suspects like Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and more. The continental and Asian menu serves up delicacies like Breaded Sweet Potatoes with Sour Cream, Oriental-style Stuffed Mushrooms with Pesto, Citrus and Garlic Marinated Prawns, and Cheese Cigars. The decor is steeped in old-world charm, accented with leather sofas and high-top stools. Perfect for an evening spent sampling some of the best whiskeys the world has to offer.
5. Hello Guppy, BKC
This all-day cafe and bar offers a delicious collection of Japanese delicacies. The décor is inspired by Japanese pop culture, and its striking visual appeal and comfortable setting is sure to make it a regular haunt of college kids and office folk alike. The Must-trys include their signature Pork Belly, Udon Noodles, Battera Sushi, and Spice Salmon Roll. Wrap up your meal with the lovely Raindrop Cake.