Monsoons in Mumbai are something everyone looks forward to and embraces with joy. Food plays an important role during this season to add zest to one’s palate as the skies are dull and overcast or amidst incessant downpours. Several places in Mumbai offer great food, especially savoury Monsoon treats and cocktails to match, which are palate tingling and elevate your mood, but the joy of visiting places with a great view of the rains, adds to the dining experience. So, here is a combination of places in Mumbai which offer food that is comforting and heart-warming and venues which offer breath-taking views of the rains. Make the most of Monsoons in Mumbai.
This is an experience you owe yourself and what better time to enjoy it than the monsoons? On the first floor of the Palace Wing, Sea lounge offers old colonial charm with art deco furniture and an enchanting view of the Arabian Sea. Indulge in the traditional Afternoon Tea featuring an elaborate buffet spread of classic English delicacies and local Indian favourites complemented with a selection of the world’s finest teas and coffees. You can also sip a glass of champagne as you watch the lights from the moving ships on the harbour.
Food is certainly an important consideration during monsoon as one needs spicy food to perk up one’s taste buds and if an enchanting view is added to that, the experience becomes magical. Dome offers a spectacular view of the Queen’s necklace and the relaxed vibe, good food and drinks are the perfect antidotes for grey skies. Relish Chicken Teriyaki Skewers or Ebi Tempura Roll or Hand-crafted Crepes as you sip your Lime Rickey or a Dome Sundowner.
Olive Bar and Kitchen, Bandra offers the perfect comfort food for monsoons at their newly-launched Pasta Bar. 'Head Chef Rishim Sachdeva' doles out handcrafted pasta dishes made with fresh ingredients, seasonal produce and flavorful twists. Try the Cencioni with heirloom tomatoes, avocados and parmesan crunch. Strascinati in Aglio Olio, peanuts and olives, hand-rolled strascinati served in classic aglio olio style with an overload of peanuts is equally a delight. The Pasta Bar is available for guests to order from every Monday – Sunday, during the dinner service.
Khar, Western Suburbs
2700 for two approx
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Nothing can be more appealing to the taste buds than the steaming array of dim-sums at Yauatcha, the dim sum teahouse from London right here in Mumbai. Relish the delectable,Fried Carrot Roll with Glutinous Rice in Spicy Sauce or the Steamed Sticky Rice with Water Chestnuts, Shimeji Mushroom and Black Fungus in Lotus Leaf. Carnivores will enjoy the Steamed Sticky Rice with Prawn and Mushroom in Lotus Leaf.
Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
2500 for two approx
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Monsoons call for hot brews and there can be no better place than this to sip a hot cuppa. With elegant décor and an exhaustive menu to match, there is something to please every palate. Enjoy the special monsoon treats curated by 'Chef Gregory Bazire'. And, it is not just teas that you can enjoy here, delectable soups and savouries too will delight your taste buds. So, sip a Parsi Mint Tea or a Spiced Tea Toddy Style and bite into a Masala Toast with basil scented akuri as you watch the rains lash at the window panes.
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.
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