There’s a spate of new restaurants opening across the city and we’re here to give you the low-down. From Thai cuisine to fusion American fare, there’s lots to look forward to if you’re eating out in Mumbai.
Dirty Buns is the newest kid on the block and as the name suggests, serves comfort food at its best with an indulgent selection of baos, rolls and more. This is Chef Boo Kim’s new venture with Aallia Hospitality (of Bastian and One Street fame), with the menu drawing from Korean, American and Japanese influences. Pick from the signature mac and cheese roll, Korean fried chicken bao, butter poached lobster roll and more. Make sure you leave space for dessert with decadent picks like the fried candy bao, Japanese style pancakes, and donuts with seasonal fillings like the guava caramel or chocolate mousse. There’s also a whole list of innovative cocktails with a twist. Opens June 27, 2019
Where: 9A Trade View Building, Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel
Curry Tales has launched with an all-new avatar in Bandra with its unmissable cheery yellow exterior. Helmed by restaurateur Suved Lohia and partner/chef, Sandeep Shreedharan, the menu serves an assortment of Western coastal food. Apart from the seafood, don’t miss the daily thali lunch that’s a signature here. The cuisine spans regional specialties like the dahi pachdi from Northern Kerala, to the gunpowder bhindi and the Mahe sambar with dosa and filter coffee. The bar is a new addition in this space, where you can sip on concoctions like the coaster coconut vodka or the kokum cooler.
Where: Hill Road, Bandra (w), Opp Wonton House
Located on the jostling stretch of Hill Road (Bandra), you’ll find this slick space serving a mix of modern Indian and European cuisine. The ambience at this 150-seater is a cross between vintage and contemporary, with a pool located in the premises of the restaurant, making for plenty of instagrammable moments. Apart from the craft cocktails, the menu offers dishes like the crispy fish tacos, watermelon and rasam cold soup, dahi kebabs and comfort fare like pizzas and pastas.
Where: 3rd Floor, C’est La Vie building, Bandra (W)
Filling the gap for authentic Middle Eastern fare is Bayroute with its fourth outpost located in the buzzing commercial district of BKC. Pick from favourites like the hummus, fluffy pitas and muhammara to specialties sourced from across the Middle East. End your meal with the fragrant baklava, that’s sandwiched with ice cream and scattered with freeze dried rose petals for a final flourish.
Where: Ground Floor, North Avenue, Maker Maxity, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Set to open this week, Dragonfly Experience is a collaboration between restaurateur Priyank Sukhija and Bollywood rapper, Badshah, making its way over from Delhi as a new addition to the city’s nightlife scene. The sprawling resto-bar has a separate performance section, an island bar and signature cocktails drawn up by British mixologist Richard J. Hargroves. The menu comprises a mix of fusion Asian and European fare.
Where: The Orb, next to J.W. Marriott Sahar, Andheri (E), Mumbai
Happy Thai is the newest addition to the city’s growing roster of Thai restaurants. The all-day dining space integrates plenty of cane, wood and natural elements in its interiors, while the menu, helmed by Chef James Biaka, serves up authentic Thai and Japanese flavours. You can look forward to dishes like the green papaya salad, tonkotsu ramen, pad thai noodles, lotus root and mushroom, spicy jungle massaman curry, and more.
Where: Ground Floor, Atria Mall, Worli, Mumbai
From the Massive Restaurants stable (helmed by Zorawar Kalra), is a brand new venture called Younion, catering almost exclusively to millennials, starting with a large menu dedicated entirely to shots (over 200 varieties), a live Instagram wall, and a specially-curated drinks menu showcasing quirky cocktails and large punch bowls. Look out for the customised barware — from the cupcake-shaped shot glasses to high heel ones. The food is eclectic as well, with plates like the misal pav with farsan, sloppy burgers and an expansive coffee menu to boot.
Where: Slated to open July 6, 2019 at Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.