The Western suburb of Bandra is a haven for gourmands as it is home to some of the best restaurants, lounges and gastropubs in Mumbai. With Bandra West and Bandra Kurla Complex in the East, flooded with new places, one need not really go elsewhere to savour the best. There is something for every palate in Bandra. Fine dining places where one can enjoy good food and others where, with cocktails par excellence and foot-tapping music, one can relax and unwind. So fret not if you cannot step out of Bandra, Mumbai, as you have some great options right here.
This cute, homely eatery in Bandra's quiet neighbourhood near Rizvi College, is a 20-seater cosy restaurant, launched by Goan Chef Joshua D'Souza and wife Neha Manekia. The menu offers diverse choices but each dish makes you go down memory lane. Comforting familiar flavours is what the food here is all about. From a Kerala-Style Mutton Stew to Rajma Chawal and Bengali Cholar Daal to Goan Prawn Curry, you can relish it all here. Simple home-style food sans any frills is what you can expect here, but the flavours will leave you satiated.
The Little Easy
This spacious and stylish place with a speakeasy vibe is the latest entrant to Bandra’s hip food scene. The snazzy bar with cleverly crafted cocktails, global comfort food and pulsating music, makes it a natural choice for youngsters to hangout. A perfect place for lunch with ample natural light filtering in, this place transforms itself into a swish party venue at night. The Chicken Keema Stuffed Naan Bombs offer a delightful burst of flavours as does The Grilled Sea Bass. The food is well-presented and flavourful, while the cocktails are eclectic and mixed adroitly by the bartenders.
Head to this bubbly tapas bar to experience the flavour of the real Spanish tapas. The pristine white décor with a hint of colour adds to the ambience of this place. Attention to detail is what matters in tapas and Chef Onkar’s tapas plates are unmatched. On offer is a small but well-thought-out menu which goes way beyond patatas bravas. Carnivores will relish the pulled braised lamb marinara. Drinks wise, it’s all about single malts, exclusive wines and inventive cocktails served from the sprawling and well-lit bar. Tenderloin Tortilla and Sticky Toffee Pudding are a must try here.
Situated in the heart of BKC, this chic place with rustic wooden interiors is the perfect hotspot for dining as well as letting your hair down. Chef Ajay Chopra has hand-picked exclusive dishes across the world and has added his quintessential twist to appease your palate. Peri Peri Chicken, Mutton Rogan Josh, Stir Fried Pork Belly, Baked Aubergine Rolls here are delightful. Sip some magical potions like a Basil And Fresh Fruit Mojito or a Chocolate Margarita, crafted by the mixologist as you listen to pulsating music at this new watering hole.
So, make your way to Bandra and experience some of the most popular hotspots in Mumbai.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.