As you apply a vermillion tilak or tikka on your brother’s forehead this Bhau Beej or Bhai Dooj and pray for his long life and happiness, other than the sweets you feed him, treat him to a sumptuous meal of his choice and make his day special. Mumbai offers a plethora of options and you can easily find one to suit your palate and pocket. Here are my top 5 picks.
Pamper your brother with a lavish meal at Ummrao. Enjoy the Nadru Ke Shammi, Avtaar-e-Halim or the Korma Murg Wajid Ali with an array of Indian breads like Taftaan or Khameeri. The meal is bound to be enhanced by the cocktails served with an Ummrao twist - Bill Boothby which features 100% Natural Jaintia hills Meghalaya sourced Lakadong Turmeric, home-made kaffir leaf syrup and gin.
If Italian food is what your brother enjoys, look no further than CinCin. The fisso or set menu makes your task easier if you are confused about what to order. Savour the Caesar Salad with Chicken, Risotto Milanese with Chorizo or a Tagliatelle and finish off with a trio of Sicilian Home-made Ice Cream, as you recount your childhood memories together.
Chef Rishim’s new menu is almost tapas-like in style, featuring a number of small plates. Relish the Mushroom and Truffle Arancini or the Nduja and Stracciatella on Rye. Seafood lovers will enjoy Chef’s umami-rich Tuna Jerky, slowly-smoked fresh, local tuna, served with a spicy Prawn Broth and Roasted New Potatoes. Sip the new cocktails featuring local ingredients, as well as house-made infusions, cordials, seasonal shrubs made with herbs from Olive’s kitchen garden, and bitters.
Vodka Milk Panna Cotta
Indulge your brother with the Vodka Milk Panna Cotta for dessert.
Given their new eclectic menu with an array of lip-smacking offerings, ranging from Anardana Mirch Paneer to Red Hot Kerala Fish Curry with Turmeric Rice and Gun Powder Potatoes to the Anglo Indian Bread Pudding, you are bound to have a memorable meal with your brother, that he will always cherish.
Start with the Smashed Avocado with Goat Cheese and Crackers and then dig into the Porcini and assorted Mushrooms Flatbread. Those in the mood for tacos & quesadillas will enjoy Soft Shell Crispy Fish Tacos with Red Cabbage and Scallions. An extensive ‘Small Plates’ section of the menu offers a mix of healthy and indulgent dishes, such as Steamed Brie Soufflé, Brie Fondue and Walnut Toast.
Olive Oil Poached Lobster Tail
The Olive Oil Poached Lobster Tail is a delectable treat. The slow-roasted Pineapple Cake is a must-have and the perfect dessert to round off your meal.
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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