Weekend brunch has almost become a tradition in Mumbai. After a long week of work, folks like to indulge in a lazy breakfast/lunch often passed off for Brunch at a restaurant where they can spend hours eating drinking and lazing with friends. Most brunches in the city are buffet styled with all you can eat menus that are often overwhelming and have too much food that leads to wastage. We picked 5 smashing brunches in the city that we love which are a la carte and offer variety and lots of flavours. These are our top 5 picks for a buffet less brunch!
The Clearing House, Fort, South Mumbai
Those turquoise blue chairs and monochromatic chequered floor with natural light streaming through the windows is just the perfect setting for Sunday Brunch. With this setting and their pretty plates of food, brunch at The Clearing House is a delight for your Instagram feed along with your taste buds. From Brunchy favourites like Avocado Toast or Blueberry Pancakes to wholesome plates of Truffle Mac n Cheese, Chili Three Cheese Sandwich and Spaghetti with Meatballs, the menu will leave you spoilt for choice. For a more sinful brunch, just spin on their Mimosas or GinTinis and attack their dessert menu. The Passion fruit Crème Brule Cheesecake is a winner.
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The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel, South Mumbai
Brunch in the city is also associated with eggs, pancakes and waffles but at The Bombay Canteen brunch is an elaborate celebration of excellent regional Indian food. You can do eggs at this brunch but they are skipping the Benedict in favour of a wholesome Cheese and Mushroom Bhurji, some Mughlai style Nargesi Scotch Eggs or perhaps a Kheema Gotala. For something more traditional you could choose a Mangalorean Chicken Curry Dosa or even a Sindhi Dal Pakwan. There are chaat and sandwiches on this brunch menu but if you are a The Bombay Canteen regular and crave your favourites then do not fret you can have your fill of Eggs Kejrewal, Jowar Barley Salad, Beef Chili Fry and much more.
O Pedro, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
This little slice of Goa in the middle of BKC is such a refreshing change from the usual suspects. Brunch here, fondly called The Fat Carnival, is a colourful affair with a lively band or sometimes a Dj, pretty plates and delicious cocktails that all starts from 11:00 am and goes on until 04:00 pm. Dishes like their Chorizo Eggs Benedict and the Red Snapper Ceviche are brilliant choices if you're looking for small plates. If you are in the mood for a big sharing portion for a table of four or more, their Shek Shek Crab Curry is the best choice. It is a massive crab and so flavourful with that curry, it is what Sunday lunches are all about.
The Table, Colaba, South Mumbai
Regardless of lunch or dinner, a meal at The Table is always a top notch experience and when it comes to a lazy weekend Brunch it never disappoints. If you are an Eggs Benedict fan then this is the correct spot to Brunch at. They do several different versions even one with a Duck A L'Orange and one with Butter Garlic Crab. Dishes like the Soft Shell Crab, Belgian Waffles, Tiramisu Pancakes, Maple Glazed P/ork Belly and their signature Table Burger will leave you in a state of delight. It is the perfect definition of a global brunch with all sorts of dishes that make for a very satisfying meal.
If you are in the mood to brunch Mexican style then Xico is where the party's at. Chilaquiles, Tacos, Burritos are just some that is on offer. The Carnita ( Pork ) and Lobster Tacos are delicious as are their signature table side Guacamole that they whip up in front of you. It is best to ask for the chefs recommendations but our biggest tip is to make sure you leave plenty of room for dessert. Tres Leches is a famous Mexican milk cake dessert that we do recommend but the warm Pistachio Crepes filled with roasted bananas topped with goat's milk caramel and vanilla ice cream is our top pick.
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.