Celebrating festivals is all about good food and spending time with the family, Gudi Padwa, or the first day of the Maharashtrian New Year as per the lunar calendar, is the ideal day to treat yourself to a leisurely meal. Head to one of the restaurants in Mumbai serving traditional Maharashtrian delicacies – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. There are the buffet and a la carte options. And, if Maharashtrian food is not what you are seeking, there is a lot to choose from - Pan Asian, Indian, Italian or whatever you fancy. So, indulge yourselves this Padwa, as you feast with friends and family and herald another auspicious year. My top 5 picks :
Savour home-style food as you celebrate the New Year. Step into Diva Maharastracha for a celebratory yet homely meal.
From Appams with Prawn Curry to Jowar Bhakri with Wangyache Bhareet or Kalya Vatanyachi Amti, one can relish simple, flavourful food. Do not miss the Pithale here. The fresh Kharvas is the best way to round off a perfect meal here.
Masala Library, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs by Jiggs Kalra
If modern Indian food is what you want to celebrate with, try the all-new menu here. It captures century-old customs and the long-lost essence of diverse Indian regions.
Sprouts Missal Kachhori
Try the Amarnath crusted Poriyal, Goat Cheese Raita, Jamun and Fennel Pork Ribs, Lahori Seekh Kabab, Ghati Masala Curry. The Chef’s tasting menu enables you to sample small portions of all the signature dishes in one sitting, which can be accompanied by a wine menu paired beautifully with each dish.
Global healthy food with a twist could be an option too. The new menu with fresh local produce, curated by Chef Swamy is a sure-shot delight for the taste buds. There is something for every palate.
Coffee Bread Bruschetta
The Coffee Bread Bruschetta is flavourful and a must-try. Equally comforting is the Mezze Platter and perks up your taste buds. The John Dory Piccata will delight carnivores. As a family, opt for the Desi Fondue which is apt for sharing.
Florentine Tonka Bean Tart
The Florentine Tonka Bean Tart is a treat you cannot deny yourself.
Begin with the sumptuous vegetarian platter comprising Sabudana Vada, Kothimbir Wadi, Batata Wada and more. Opt for veg or non-vegetarian thali to get a taste of an array of dishes or try the Masale Bhat with Koshimbir and Papad. End your meal with a Magai Paan or a Lonavali Chikki Ice-cream.
If you are not fussed about a Maharashtrian meal but want to savour Vegetarian Sindhi Cuisine instead, look no further.
Begin with Sindhi Pani Puri and Mirchi Bhajia Chaat. The Naasto - Sindhi fusion small plates includes specialities such as the Tuk platter of Aloo and Arbi Tuk which is enriched with a pounded mélange of spices and the Bheeyan Ji Tikki which are Crispy Lotus Stem croquettes, will entice your plate.
The Sindhi Thali is a must-try here. To complement the meal, sip a refreshing traditional Thadaali or the Rose Sharbat. To satisfy your sweet tooth, there is Meetho, including luscious Sev Burfi and Sindhi Kulfi Falooda Rabdi.
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.