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Celebrate the undying bond of love that you share with your brother over food this year on Bhau Beej or Bhai Dooj. Naturally, you would want to indulge him at his favourite restaurant in the city over lunch or dinner. Depending upon your brother’s personality select a restaurant. If he is fun-loving and flamboyant, take him to a gastropub with good food and cocktails. If he is someone who enjoys a quiet meal, opt for a nice Pan Asian place and of course if he is vegetarian, treat him to a sumptuous South Indian meal. Here are my recommendations in Mumbai for this Bhau Beej.
Madras Diaries, Bandra
A delectable South Indian vegetarian meal is what you can promise your brother if you enter Madras Diaries. This homely place with muted décor, characteristic of Southern India will make you feel comfortable instantly. From the traditional Navadaniya Idli made with 9 grains to The Cheese Chilli Jalapeno Idli In Masala Fondue, savour some typical delicacies with a modern twist. Move on to Pesarattu made with green moong dal or opt for the Chilly Parotta With Salsa And Onion Raita With Vegetable Kurma. End your meal with a Red Rice Payasam or Sapota Kesari and he will definitely be satiated.
Nara Thai, BKC
This home-grown Thai restaurant brand with zen-like calm pervading the interiors will prove to be an unforgettable dining experience. From piquant salads, spicy, sweet and sour curries, healthy stir-fries and native specialities, you can expect the unexpected here. If the non-vegetarian fare is what your brother enjoys, treat him to the Yum Moo Nam Jim Jaew – a grilled pork preparation with a unique sauce. The Khao Phad- butterfly pea rice with Thai herbs is flavourful and comforting. The Kang Pa Nang Gai with chicken is delightful and worth trying. Wash it down with Thai beers and a heady range of Thai-inspired cocktails.
Copper Chimney, Kala Ghoda
The perfect family place for a leisurely meal with your brother this Bhau beej is the newly opened Copper Chimney at Kala Ghoda. Copper accents are juxtaposed against fresh wood tones and earthy cane, with bursts of colour and foliage, to create a warm vibe. Sit back and savour the Tawa Grill Imli Aloo or Chelo Kababs. If your brother is a carnivore, make sure to order the Grilled Burrah Lamb Chops. From Delhi to Peshawar, this restaurant takes you on a memorable culinary journey. Almond Phirni Chikki Crumble – a chilled rice pudding topped with crunchy jaggery nut squares, is the perfect way to round off a special meal.
London Taxi, Lower Parel
If pulsating music, unique cocktails and global cuisine, especially favourites from London is what your brother fancies, head straight to the lively gastro pub London Taxi. Start your meal with Sherlock in a pickle, a cleverly crafted cocktail. One can enjoy some of the best liquid concoctions here, poured by Ami Shroff, India’s first female flair bartender. From Bangers And Mash To Pan Seared Fish and Squash Maple Payasam Ice Cream, your brother is bound to enjoy all the pub food here.
So, surprise your brother with a gastronomical treat at a Mumbai restaurant this Bhau beej, which he will always cherish.
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.