There are so many different elements that play a crucial part in the entire dining experience. It is not just about food and it tasting good – so many other obvious and subtle factors help contribute towards the experience. Good food, of course, being the number one priority, but there are other things like prompt service, polite staff, knowledgeable and unobtrusive staff and even the overall ambience. There are some restaurants that take special pride in not just serving you a great meal, but providing you with an overall amazing experience with their décor. Here is our list of restaurants that have delightful décor and fantastic food.
Pa Pa Ya – This Pan-Asian restaurant is the newest addition to the Massive Restaurants portfolio. Unlike its older siblings, Masala Library and Made in Punjab, which have a simple and subtle décor, Pa Pa Ya is vastly different with its high-energy and incredibly cool décor. The walls are painted red and have these amazing hexagons, which remind you of molecules mounted on the walls. The molecules are 3D-mapped and, at different times, throw up various patterns and designs that go in sync with the music. It is an unusual concept but it fits right into their high-energy dining theme. It goes without saying that the food is fantastic and a meal here is an experience.
Colaba Social – All the different Socials across the city have one thing in common: they all have amazing décor. Each space gives you this relaxed, funky vibe but the original outlet at Colaba is special. It has wonderful vintage tiles, quirky furniture – including one massive throne-like chair tucked away in a corner – and the coolest bar, with bottles hanging from the ceiling. The space is small but cosy and comfortable in the day, and then turns into an amazingly crowded but very hip bar at night. It makes you want to come back again and again.
Smoke House Deli – The décor at this restaurant is what is best described as adorable. The running theme is black and white with a little splash of red, and the entire restaurant is covered with drawings and sketches. There are even some very cool papier-mâché telephones and other knick-knacks. Even the menu has the same theme running throughout, and it gives you this lovely, casual café-like feeling when you dine there. It could almost pass as a noisy but quirky little bistro somewhere in Europe.
The Sassy Spoon – While the name might have you think it is a local diner or greasy burger joint, it isn’t anything of the sort. This is one restaurant that exudes happiness. They have colourful chairs, pretty knick-knacks adorning the restaurant and one massive wall filled with lovely, old suitcases and travel trunks in different sizes that scream vintage. The Sassy Spoon is one of the prettiest restaurants to enjoy a meal at, and Chef Irfan Pabaney and Chef Rachel Goenka go out of their way to make sure your meal is a memorable one. In fact, with its décor and ambience, it is a perfect spot for date night.
Mamagoto – While most Asian or Oriental restaurants stick to a red and black theme with the occasional bamboo plant or Buddha adorning the place, Mamagoto is nothing like that. Walk into the Bandra outlet of this Pan-Asian restaurant and you will be bombarded with Asian paintings of tigers and ninjas, bright red and plush couch-like chairs, and distressed walls all set up in this industrial yet chic space. There are coloured Asian-themed graphics on most of the walls and the entire space looks funky. The theme for the restaurant is ‘Play with Food’ and it is a wonderfully casual, relaxed and yet fun space to dine at.
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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.