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All roads lead to Bandra this week as people from across the city visit Mount Mary, as the Bandra Fair begins. Braving the crowds to catch a glimpse of Our Lady is a delight for everyone but then when hunger pangs trike one needs a stopover in Bandra. Plenty of options are here for food lovers across cuisines. There is something for every palate and pocket. Cafes, full-fledged fine dining restaurants, hole-in-the-wall eateries. You have a lot to choose from in Bandra. My top 5 picks:
Popular Indian dishes from across the country, but with a modern twist is what you can expect here.
The Quinoa and Wild Mushroom Haleem, with earthy favours and a creamy texture, is a popular choice. The Black Rice Pesarattu filled with pulled lamb in a coconut base with curry leaves, is a treat you cannot miss. For mains, exciting options such as Dal Pakwan, Tellicherry Pepper Chicken and Kolhapuri Missal await you. The Agri Prawns with Ghee Rice Bhakri is a satiating meal. Biryani lovers must indulge in the Matka Biryani.
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Strongly reminiscent of the spirited Spanish culture, this place offers comfort food, reinvented with Chef Manuel’s own special touch, apart from burgers and tapas. The Mushroom Truffle Croquettes, with distinct flavours, simply melt in the mouth. The Sea Bass Crudo personifies subtle flavours and yet, teases your palate. The Gambas Al Ajillo is fresh and flavourful. The Linguine in the mains is packed with flavours, as the Basil Pesto is made in-house. The robust Barbecue Pork Ribs (refer cover image) will make carnivores drool.
This cute little eatery offers great Pan Asian food at incredible prices. The Papaya Salad and Turnip Cake, is a good way to start as these flavours, tease your taste buds. The dumplings, especially Sui Mai Prawns, are a must-try, as are the Phad Thai Noodles. And Gra Pao Vegetables. The food is fresh, tasty and easy-on-the-wallet.
The menu here primarily offers South Indian food from across various States with a special focus on seafood and some coastal fare. Abundant vegetarian options are available. Begin with the Sol Kadi or the tangy Prawns Rasam. The Brown Chana Poriyal complements these. The tart and tangy, Bhindi Pulimunchi is worth-a-try. Among non-veg starters, Fish Rava Fry and Bombil Chutney, are exceptional. For mains, the Ash Gourd and crispy Bhindi Pachadi and Kootu Curry with well-balanced spices are palate pleasers.
The perfect stop for a quick bite. Good food, great beverages and a cosy ambience is what you are assured of. The Chicken Cubano Sandwich, Popeye Pasta and the Blueberry Muffin are good options. The signature spicy Steak Bagel is a must-have here. The Americano or even the Not Coffee but Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to round off your meal.
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.