With so many new restaurants and cafes blossoming across the city, it is hard to keep up. Even harder to pick which one deserves both your calories and hard earned money. We like to make things easy for you, so we've picked five restaurants that have recently opened and the ones we think are worth a visit.
Karma Bar and Cafe, Colaba, South Mumbai - The space is tiny and with its rather dim lighting might through you off at first but make no mistake the food here albeit simple is very satisfying. This is a meat-eaters paradise and the kind of place to visit in you are looking for hearty European fare. Think sausages, schnitzels, pork chops and the likes and you will be a very happy diner. It is well priced and has this wonderful old school continental feel with its food.
Soy Pan Asian, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Western Suburbs - This new space in Bandra is tiny, has its air-conditioned section only operational on the weekends but its Thai food makes up for its lack of decor or ambience. The name says Pan Asian and they do have many dishes including a Singapore Chili Crab and Indonesian Nasi Goreng but the gems on this menu come from their Thai dishes. Blindly opt for their Pad Thai, Green Prawn Thai Curry and the Som Tham, you can thank us later.
Americano, Kala Ghoda - The Italian name for American and Americano is the best way to really sum up the food served here.Americano is the best way to really sum up the food served here. It is a new restaurant but already got the city buzzing. Chef Alex Sanchez has a menu here that is his take on Italian food and it is fabulous. Unlike The Table which feels more sophisticated, Americano has a more casual relaxed vibe but still makes for a great dining spot. It is not open for lunch yet so stick to dinner and make sure you have a reservation.
Soi 69, Breach Candy, South Mumbai - A Thai and Japanese menu created by Chef Seefah that stunned the city when she started The Blue and now her namesake Seefah, but this restaurant is much fancier than the other two. Soi 69 is a great spot for date night ( and it will cost you ) and for those who want good quality sushi. While the usual suspects like Thai Curry and Pad Thai would not disappoint, we suggest you skip it all and just enjoy the sushi and sashimi. Either way, whatever you choose, you will enjoy yourself here.
Gustoso - It is not a new restaurant but when you have had your shutters down for a good chunk of the year and reopen with a brand new menu, you can be considered a newbie. This restaurant is a fine choice for a cosy Italian meal and they dish some incredible pizza from their wood fire oven. In a city that has substandard pizza and pasta on nearly every restaurant menu, this is one of the few spots where you know you will get a satisfying meal.
Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.