Calling all food connoisseurs! We’ve curated the perfect list of restaurants for you
NOV 1, 2019 | By Vedika Nair
Every month, we bring to you a list of some of the coolest, designer restaurants from around the country. Go on a gastronomic journey this weekend and binge on a variety of cuisines at some of the best outposts in Mumbai with this list of recommendations!
Mannrangi by Saniya Kantawala
Personifying global eclecticism with a mélange of features such as popping and contrasting colours, quirky antiques and so much more, Mannrangi is the true essence of contemporary India. Located in Malad, this restaurant not only serves authentic flavours from across the country but also glorifies Indian art and architecture. Designed by Saniya Kantawala, the focal idea was to create a space that celebrates Indian cuisine and fosters a feeling of homeliness. Featuring a tantalising bouquet of colours, rich furniture and vintage lighting, Mannrangi celebrates the true spirit of Indian diversity.
Be on the lookout, because Churchgate just got Foo-ed! Inheriting their forefathers’ culinary versatility, Ryan and Keenan Tham, once again return not only to restore Kamling’s grandeur but instead ‘evolve and expand’ its wings towards Asian Tapas dining with Foo Town. Nestled amidst the bustle of Churchgate, Foo Town is established right where Kamling used to be. This spacious eatery welcomes guests with a light caress of green foliage. The Tham family gives us an expanded menu of Kamling classics and 20 new dishes—a plethora of lip-smacking Asian delicacies and an aura of warmth and hospitality.
145 Andheri by Sumessh Menon
Sited in Andheri, Sumessh Menon Associates have upheld the tradition of the 145 chains with a blend of style and vibrancy. The 5000 sq. ft. restaurant is spatially apportioned into a high spirited bar space, a dining area and a separate pool area. Upon entering the lobby, the colourfully pixelated artwork perks you up with its liveliness. The 60 feet long three-sided bar that sits in the centre features a range of quirky seating options. The outlet hosts sculptural artwork depicting human forms and a striking show window that highlights four colourful kinetic mannequins seated on a tandem cycle and two unicycles, adding an unusually artistic twist to the design principle. With custom made human-shaped lights that adorn the space and other eclectic features, 145 Andheri should definitely be on your weekend binge list.
The Butler and The Bayleaf
Fusing the royal pageantry of the British Raj with the nuances of a modern bistro, Kishore DF’s newest venture—The Butler and The Bayleaf—celebrates Indian culture in contemporary style. Located right above the acclaimed Alfredo’s, this diner takes cues from North India, with a 100 percent authentic North Indian cuisine. “No fusion for us, no shortcuts. We just repurposed for the modern bistro chic audience,” explains Kishore. Chef Rajan Mehra curated a mouth-watering menu ranging from a shrimp and mango salad to small plates of Kurkuri Bhindi and Chicken Noorani that will leave your tastebuds begging for more. Get ready to teleport to another culinary era with their authentic Chole Bhature, Butler Butter Chicken and who can resist?
The Park Hotels brings its legendary design vocabulary to the city of dreams with the launch of its newest hotel. Situated right in the heart of Mumbai’s fine dining destination—Meishi, an Asian outpost in Juhu serves you contemporary delicacies and an unforgettable dining experience. The interiors of Meishi uses a Zen-like palette featuring greys and charcoal tones punctuated by gold and burnt orange shades. The cuisine boasts of Japanese, Thai, Chinese and a variety of other Asian components. Crafted for events, celebrations and formal meetings the space hosts a private dining area enclosed in golf chain curtains. Don’t miss out on the artisanal cocktails including Sesame Sour—a unique concoction of whisky, black sesame syrup, ginger and egg white, The Bootleg—a mixture of gin, dill leaves, cucumber and watermelon, Miso Rum Passion—a blend of miso rum and bitters, and Purple Haze—a concoction of salted butter vodka, vanilla, yogurt, blueberry and coconut foam, among others.
Poco Loco and Tapas Bar
Mumbai’s culinary scene gets a new spot with a Spanish and Mexican Tapas and Bar—Poco Loco Tapas & Bar. This tavern is all set to serve an experimental cuisine inspired by Latin American flavours with a touch of molecular concoctions whipped up by Dr Loco. Poco Loco Tapas & Bar is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate. A chemistry themed environment brews behind closed doors. Retreat inside to a wall mural that showcases the bar’s selection of experimental cocktails disguised as the periodic table of elements. The spacious 85-seater contemporary tapas and bar features Spanish influence through Majolica floor tiles and quaint lights Reminiscent of school chemistry classes, the space with its vision of an urban modern tapas bar will definitely leave you impressed.