9 Restaurants On Our Radar Right Now By Team Grazia
1. Monkey Bar
What: All-new food and drink menu
What we love: It’s clear that the restaurant lives up to its name with plenty of delicious new bites on the menu. We particularly liked the Malabari mutton kulcha, thelawala mutton seekh, the naga pork and the ghee roast baos. There’s not a lot to fault from our visit. The service was thoughtful and sweet with portions big on size and taste.
2. The Bluebop Cafe
What: A new eatery that doubles as a jazz bar on Fridays
What we love: The sophistication of the music (on a Friday night) is set against a gritty bare-bones interior with a bar where you certainly will get a martini. Their Italian-American menu is an interesting spread – from the well-spiced jerk chicken taco, the comforting burrata salad, to the oozing pepperoni pizza. The cocktails also score high, especially the Spiced Paloma (a blend of tequila, spiced grapefruit cordial, lime juice, and tonic.)
What: Celebrating two years with a new menu
What we love: The evolved version of their original menu is expanded to include even more dishes from regions like Kashmir, Bengal and Awadh. We’d recommend trying out the Dom Potoler Dolma, the 4-hour hand-pounded mutton and the smoked sliced lamb in rich gravy (Peer Dhuan Gosht). Also, special shoutout for the tandoori prawn (Methi Morings Ka Jheenga) and the Afghani Hazel Gosh Feel.
4. London Taxi
What: Sunday Brunch
What we love: An amalgamation of local Indian dishes with a Brit twist, these dishes are new and innovative. We went for the LT special platter (especially for the Moroccan fish tikka and chicken potstickers) for entrée, the Tibetan Chicken Broth which was warm, comforting and fresh (all the essentials for a hearty meal) for mains and wound up with the belgian dark chocolate with whiskey mousse for a sinful experience.
Methi Fish Tikki
What: A completely new menu curated by a new chef
What we love: The much loved Bombay Irani Café and Bar chain, SodaBottleOpenerWala, recently launched a new menu helmed entirely by Chef Irfan Pabaney. Adding a twist to the classic Bombay and Parsi flavours, the new menu has dishes infused with influences of local community cuisines. What we loved? The Green Tikki, Meatless Baida Roti, Khari Pizzas, Methi Fish Tikki and the Kundapuri Prawns. Also, give a break to the Pallonji’s because their homemade raspberry soda is a must try.
6. Social, Powai
What: The popular chain has recently opened doors in Powai
What we love: You’ve probably been to a Social way more than any other pub in the city. For one – it’s easily accessible (there’s literally an outlet around every other corner) and secondly, it’s one place that does great food, drinks and music – all of which together are pretty hard to nail. Now, Social opens yet another outlet in Powai and here are some things to look forward to – the ambience (think, fancier and more attractive interiors), new and improved menu – we loved the chicken sausage fries and would totally recommend it with a classic LIT. If you’re someone with a sweet tooth, you should most definitely go for their special triple layer cake.
7. Rassasy by Barcelos
What: An all-day dining ‘Grill Kitchen & Bar’
What we love: If you’re a big fan of contemporary cuisine, Rassasy By Barcelos should be your go-to place. The restobar is sure to bring you old school nostalgia with its European and American inspired retro interiors. We highly recommend the Southwestern Rolls (tortilla rolls filled with Mexican beans, corn and cheese) and Macaroni Cheese Balls (light and crispy) for appetisers and the classic Grilled Chicken Steak (complete with mashed potatoes with a side of your choice) for mains.
8. Kuai’s Kitchen
What: Quick-service restaurant and delivery outlet for oriental cuisine
What we love: ‘Kuai’ as in ‘fast’ in mandarin, operates exactly as its name suggests. A tiny space tucked away in a corner, Kuai’s Kitchen has recently launched its second outlet in Khar – the first one launched in Colaba two years ago – and aims to provide oriental take-out, on-the-go. But if you’re looking to sit and grab a quick lunch or schedule a meeting with your client at a place that serves more than coffee, Kuai’s Kitchen has it all. It’s the ideal blend between a luxury restaurant and street food joint. They have a variety of sushi rolls (our favourite: Crunchy Tuna Roll with Seaweed), Dim Sums (the Truffle Edamame Dumplings are a must-try), appetisers and mains to choose from. We’d most certainly say that you’d take longer to place your order than the food to actually arrive at your table!
9. Sassy Spoon
Green Apple with Smoked Scamorza
What: Travel the world on a plate at their newest outlet in Powai
What we love: If you’ve been to the Sassy Spoon at Nariman Point, you’ll know that the restaurant values its interiors as much as its food. And that was our first takeaway from the plush new space in Powai – quirky décor complimented with great music and food! The menu boasts of a number of Ethiopian and Mediterranean dishes with a twist of local flavours. We loved the creamy green apple soup with smoked scamorza, the classic avocado toasties (brownie points for gluten-free ingredients), the chef’s special aubergine bruschetta with crunchy, fried onion rings for topping and the fenugreek risotto which is a burst of minty fresh flavour.