If you need to know what’s new and hot on the dining scene then this is your definitive list. I’ve been reviewing a new restaurant a week for a while and can honestly say look no further. These are Mumbai’s Best New Restaurants. So many cuisines – Mexican, French, Egyptian, Lebanese, Japanese, Bengali, Spanish…
Mumbai has seen a spate of new restaurants open in 2018 taking the entire dining out experience to another level. No wonder Mumbai topped the city-wise rankings of the CNT & Himalayan Sparkling Top Restaurant Awards and none of these figure on it. The concept, décor, food and service standards of the new restaurants is top notch.
Bartenders are mixing classic techniques with local produce and off-the-wall international ingredients changing the bar scene like never before.
South Mumbai is back in the reckoning along with a surge of openings in Bandra, BKC and Lower Parel.
Goa’s celebrated Mustard is now in Mumbai, in a fine dining avatar. Inspired by the use of mustard by both Bengali and French cuisine, Mustard offers a modern take on Bengali and French cuisine. Amazing service and refreshing cocktails – don’t miss the Mustard Sour – Bourbon sour with whole grain mustard and the Bengali Mezze platter, the Bangla Ghorona Maacher Thala. Try both cuisines like we did. (Read Xyngr Review)
Worli, at Atria Mall, reservation recommended, 022 33126797
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At Juhu’s upscale Soho House, is Cecconi’s, a modern, classic Italian restaurant. Must-have is the Tuna Tartare (prepared table side on a trolly) and the Pizza/Pizzete. Drink the Aperol Spritzer for the full Italian experience. Very customer-friendly, Chef Gautam came personally to customise our order. (Read Xyngr Review)
Juhu, Juhu Tara Road, reservation recommended, 022 62133333
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The buzzy Mexican place is in a lovely standalone location. The large two-level space has been designed by Gauri Khan, it is chic, contemporary, Mexican and welcoming. Think worn Mexican rugs, mirrors with gilded crevasses and Frida Kahlo-like art. Don’t miss the Rags to Riches Guacamole (Yum!) with blue corn nachos and the Cowboy Lamb Pops. A well-stocked bar and a buzzy ambience. (Read Xyngr Review)
Bandra Khar, Union Park, reservation recommended, 022 30151897
This Japanese offering, tucked into a leafy corner, offers authentic Japanese food. A cosy space, Japanese in style. Go for the outstanding Ramen and Sushi but don’t miss the salads and the unique desserts. Izumi is helmed by Japanese cuisine expert, Nooresha Kably, the owner of Sushi Koi, who launched sushi in the city. Go early or wait patiently. (Read Xyngr Review)
Bandra, Perry Cross Rd, No reservation policy. No alcohol. Thursday closed
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Authentic Spanish Tapas and Paella in a cosy diner in a residential neighbourhood. It is open all day – so you can snag the all-day breakfast whenever you visit. Don’t miss the Garlic Prawns served with a delicious crusty toasted bread and the Pimentoes stuffed with goat cheese. (Read Xyngr Review)
Bandra, Perry Cross Rd, No reservation policy. No alcohol.
Offers Asian Tapas in a modern, classy, beautifully done-up, expansive space. From the Brothers Tham, the restauranteurs behind Koko and The Good Wife Café among others. Stick with the Dimsum, Sushi and small plates. Check out the Crispy Aromatic Soft Shelled Crab and the unique looking Foo Butter Japanese Fried Blue Rice (Blue Rice – Good for Instagram). Great bar with some interesting Asian inspired cocktails. All-day dining from 12 noon onwards. (Read Xyngr Review)
Lower Parel, High Street Phoenix, 022 61344853
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Bayroute offers a wide selection of Middle Eastern cuisine from Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and Greece in a gorgeous Arabian Nights-inspired space. A fine dining experience with fabulous food, you must keep space for the Gold Souk Dessert Mystery Box. Middle East-inspired cocktails add to the experience, check out the sugarcane-based “Drink like an Egyptian” and the rose-flavoured “Turkish Madness”
Colaba, Near Badhwar Park, reservation recommended, 90290 08335
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Flea Bazaar Café
Riyaaz Amlani’s food court-style performance space is inspired by the souks of the Middle East, where one can eat, shop, relax and be entertained in a packed bazaar square. With kiosks from as many as 14 outlets offering pao, chaat, burgers, appams, pizza, pasta to sushi and lots more. Thirst quenchers include drinks from coffee to cocktails and craft beer. Don’t forget to have Lucknowee Tunday Kabab, Goila butter Chicken and Russian Kabab from The Bohri Kitchen. It’s electic and vibrant.
Lower Parel, Kamala Mills, 91520 17990
A cosy “Bombay vintage” themed restaurant with a regional Indian menu. Nice drinks, good ambience and amazing Ghee Roast with Neer Dosa. Lots of Western region inspired good food and a full bar.
Colaba, reservation recommended, 022 2288 0017
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Typhoon Shelter, is a fine-dining Cantonese restaurant with amazing dimsum, cocktails and desserts worthy of saving space for. Each a work of art created by dessert chef Solanki Roy.
Lower Parel, High Street Phoenix, Reservations preferred. 022 49193100
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Tara Bose Kapur is a foodie, a foodie and a foodie. When she’s not discussing food, she’s possibly talking about food. But there’s loads (or loaves) more that she does in life. Like being a communications consultant to the rich, famous and needy, and advising some of the hottest brands in the world in PR. And she runs a chhota bakery in Bandra that makes some yum (and sinful) stuff. For Xyngr, Tara Bose Kapur reviews eatspots around town. Xyngr reviews anonymously and pays for its meals.