Beer is on everyone’s mind, quite naturally as Oktoberfest is here. Yes, it has just begun. Authentic German beers such as Weihnstephaner, Paulaner, Erdinger paired with some scrumptious food such as Bratwurst and Kartoffelsalat, are a must-have. A medley of meats and drinking beers by the litre. Isn’t that what Oktoberfest, the largest beer festival in the world all about? Several breweries and restaurants in Mumbai celebrate Oktoberfest in a big way.
British Brewing Company, Lower Parel
Carnivores are in for a double whammy. Not only are there exciting beers and beer cocktails on offer but lots of pork delicacies too. Apple Pork Sausages with baked apple, apple sauce and chili flakes, Grilled Pork Curl Sausages served on mashed garlic potato with exotic vegetables, sauerkraut accompanied with German bread, Golden Stuffed Buttons - fresh mushrooms stuffed with cooked pork, herbs and spices, golden fried, served with mustard mayo. Wash this down with Wake-Up Call made with orange juice, beer, basil leaves and lime juice, or a BMW made with beer and fresh melon juice. Choose from a range of brews including domestic and international beers, freshly brewed craft beers and beers on tap. On till October 15.
Grand Hyatt Mumbai, Santacruz East
Oktoberfest takes on a new meaning at Grand Hyatt Mumbai as the Grand OctoBier Fest unfolds at the Oktoberfest Tent. Enjoy the festivities as you savour specially crafted Bavarian delights by Executive Chef Jef Foster and his team, refreshing brews from around the world and foot-tapping music. From German Pretzels, Obatzda, Chicken Or Pork “Wiener” Schnitzel, Potato Salad, Oven Fresh Sour Dough Bread; “Roasted Bratwurst” mashed potatoes, sour kraut, relish a melange of traditional food. A range of freshly brewed craft beers including the Oktoberfest bier marzen await you. The Grand OctoBier Fest - October 5 through October 8 at Grand Hyatt Mumbai Oktoberfest Tent. The Grand OctoBier Fest Brunch - October 8 at Fifty Five East.
JW Cafe, JW Marriott, Mumbai Sahar
Oktoberfest festivities encompass a culinary escapade of Bavarian cuisine and a variety of brews. Indulge in the authentic Bavarian menu created by Executive Chef, Anshuman Bali. On offer are Wurst Salat- salad of pork sausage, gherkins and red onion, Kartoffel Salat- German potato salad, Kartoffel And Brie Croquette - potato and brie cheese croquette, mustard mayo, and more. Relish these as you enjoy hearty German beer and brews.
Gateway Taproom, BKC, Mumbai
Be prepared to live the German life at the Oktoberfest celebrations at the newly opened Gateway Taproom in BKC till October 22. Try the special Oktoberfest Lager - a deep gold to orange coloured, well-balanced beer. Its malt-forward profile that showcases toasty, caramel-like flavours resulting from the generous use of Munich and Vienna malts, makes it a hit. Try Chef, Viraf Patel’s delicacies - Münchner Radisalat – salad of white radish and onion, mild mustard vinaigrette and chives; Wrütsalat – salad of sausage, red onion and red radish; Fleish Teller – assorted meat plate with house-made sausages; Brezel – Pretzel with mustard and cheese sauce.
The Boston Butt, Kala Ghoda
The Boston Butt comes with their own flair of Oktoberfest offerings including a specially curated menu and craft beer selection. Creamy Potato Salad (roasted baby potato, red onion, cilantro, mustard, pine nut), Crumb Fried Schnitzel, Double-Kraut Double-Cheese Double-Tenderloin Burger And Assorted Bratwurst Platter (roasted potato salad, yellow pepper jam, red kraut), are some of the dishes to look forward to till October 4.
So take your pick and have fun this Oktoberfest as you lift your beer stein. Let’s say prost to that!
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.
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