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It is already the second month of 2018 and we have had a storm of new restaurant openings. The city loves to eat and with a new place popping up every second day, it is hard to keep track of where to eat and what is just strictly average. We have done all the heavy lifting for you and picked a handful of restaurants that opened their doors in the last 2 months that we think are worth a visit.
It really is not Bandra's answer to Mahesh or Apoorva as much as folks would like to believe but it is a great seafood addition to the neighbourhood. With its white and blue decor, this coastal centric restaurant is a great spot for Ghee Roasts, Koliwadas, Tawa Fry and Shell Fish prepared several different ways. In the mood for Butter Garlic Crab with some Prawn Gassi and Neer Dosa then pop by and indulge!
Kamala Mills in Lower Parel is no stranger to new restaurants but this one is unlike the rest. Tappa, which is an old Punjabi word for movement is a slick restaurant serving some fun Indian inspired food that the chef has interpreted in his own unique style resulting in a terrific menu. Like many, we were not sure what to expect when we read Haleem Khau Suey, Jackfruit Sloppy Joe or even an Avocado Cheesecake but they turned out to be some of the highlights. Post sunset the bar comes alive and it is a great nightspot after a hard day's work. Unusual but a welcome change since it delivers in terms of flavour and an overall experience.
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Revamped with a brand new look and a new team, what was once a slightly confused restaurant trying too hard has become the coolest Indian inspired resto-bar. Cocktails with a twist, some classic 60's Hindi songs crooning in the background and a killer menu featuring familiar dishes from across the country. Hang by the bar or pop upstairs to enjoy a leisurely meal, either way, this restaurant with it is incredible Crab Ghee Roast and Kurkure Bhindi ( among a host of other dishes ) is winning hearts.
What was once an abandoned old Opera house has been renovated and given a new lease of life. In their backyard is a charming space divided into 4 different spaces all called The Quarter. Dine at the Quarter is a rustic al fresco section studded with fairy lights, white decor and subtle jazz music playing in the background. Its menu includes small plates and large of what is best described as European fare. The highlight is their menu or wood fire oven pizzas, but it makes for a charming spot to dine at, especially post a show at the Opera or perhaps a LIVE Jazz performance next door at LIVE at the Quarter. While this space technically launched last November, it is only been this year that they have got their final menu in place.
Kalaghoda's favourite little nook for a coffee and some killer waffles has opened a new outlet in Bandra. Though it is exactly the same size per square foot, this outlet seems larger and airier unlike it is a more compact sibling. Some lovely additions to their eggetarian menu ( no meat, all veg except the eggs ) like the Turkish Eggs, Greek Omelet, Apricot Pancakes and a whole lot more along with favourites like the 7 Layered Cookie or then their warm Lebanese Sandwich. It is ideal for a quick bite or some coffee and conversation.
This is a fabulous spot for an Asian inspired meal before the place morphs into a trendy nightspot. What was once home to Olive at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse is now Keiba. Plenty of seating outdoors with high tables that makes it feel like a lounge and a cosier section indoors with the perfect view of the horses in their stables. The menu has been set by 'Chef Seefah' and 'Chef Karan' who run the popular Thai and Japanese restaurant - The Blue and the restaurant has become an instant success.