“Beautiful things don’t ask for attention“
This quote from ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ is an apt description of some unassuming restaurants in Mumbai. Snuck in quiet corners of the city, these are genuinely one of a kind experiences in a world of much hyped theme restaurants serving specialty cuisines at exorbitant rates. But yet the uniqueness quotient is simply to die for. Here are some picks.
My favorite among the off- beat cafes, a place which is as amazing when I hang out with my gang of gals or simply sit alone for some great me time.
LOOK OUT FOR:The wall murals are really something to look out for and have become something synonymous with Mondy. The cafe is extremely popular with the foreigners and youngsters alike. Its bang at the start of the famous Causeway, Colaba. It’s a big hit because of the Juke box, Finger- licking Food and Beer. Come and relax into this cozily nestled restaurant and have a gala time.
WHERE:5-A, Metro House, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Near Regal Cinema, Apollo Bandar, Colaba Causeway, Colaba
COST:Rs. 1400 for two people (approx.) with alcohol.
Rs. 190 for a pint of beer (approx.)
This place is for people who are totally in love with racing. This is also one of the most picturesque places the city can offer. You will be bound to switch that brick in your hand and enjoy the race.( although it is mandatory to switch off the phone while the race is on. yes, you heard that right) . The place isn’t as expensive as it looks, in fact it’s pretty reasonable when compared to some of the other restaurants located in the same area. The green vines on the walls, the white flowers in the lush green garden only add to the grandeur.
LOOK OUT FOR: This place is the personification of the old world charm and the must haves are Chicken Kalimirchi Kebab, Mutton Dori Kebab, Chicken Dori Kebab. These delicacies are a must have if you are visiting it. You would be left licking your chops and asking for more
WHERE: Mahalakshmi Race Course, Dr E Moses Marg, Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalakshmi Naga.
COST:Rs. 2000 for two people (approx.)
OPENING HOURS: 12:00 TO 12:00
Trust me, if you are an animal lover (like me)and you love to take you cuddlypoo pet to places with you, this is your destination. It’s a pet friendly restaurant. Yess readers you heard it right!!! And to add to its awesomeness, they serve burger / salad cafe that aims to turn fast food into a healthy meal. Yup, you read that right! The place serves a good range of veg / non-veg ‘health burgers’ in addition to soups, salads and the likes. Their wholesome burgers are made of whole wheat bread with baked / steamed patties served with salad on the side. Cute quotient over load is Apple – the friendly Labrador who often assumes the role of the CEO. She loves the company of fellow dogs and humans and is absolutely huggable! And oh, did I mention, they also serve healthy pet meals.
LOOK OUT FOR: Healthy food, cute pets, healthy pet food, and the adorable Apple- the Labrador.
WHERE:19, St Therese Rd, Pali Village, Khar West.
COST: 800RS FOR TWO PEOPLE . CASH ONLY.
OPENING HOURS: noon to 10:45 PM
CAFÉ OLDE BAILEY’S
There is a surprise in store for all you bygone English style café admirers, a little off Palm Beach road at Seawoods. This newly opened unabashedly welcoming eatery is for you, your friends, the lover as well as family. They serve legitimate burgers, make your own with a range of mutton, chicken, vegetarian and fish patty, with choice of veggies and sauce toppings in honey- oats, multigrain or brown bread (yes! I finally found one that serves whole-grain bun bread burgers), Pastas, Salads, Cold and hot coffee and desserts. Visit here for the country music, humble English café style interiors, the live matches being played on the big screens and good food.
LOOKOUT FOR: Healthy food, Make your own Burgers(multi-grain breads available), Irish coffee, surreal country music
WHERE: Shop 26 & 27, Shreeji Heights, Sector 46A, Seawoods, Navi Mumbai.
COST:600RS FOR TWO PEOPLE. CASH AND CARD ACCEPTED.
OPENING HOURS: 11A.M TO 11 P.M
IF you are a true Punjabi this place is a must go. It tops the list among the many restaurants in Juhu. Its premium dining restaurant founded by Jiggs Kalra. Sumptuous delicacies from undivided Punjab and an exotic collection of cocktails and mocktails await you here. Couple your meal with a glass of wine for a truly eclectic experience.
LOOKOUT FOR: Casual dining for North Indian food lovers, bountylicious buffets, and dont forget to get a bite of Amritsari Machchi, Tandoori Jheenga, Paneer Tikka Multani, Murg Malai Tikka .
WHERE:24, Juhu Shopping Centre, Gulmohar Road, JVPD Scheme, Opposite Criticare Hospital, Juhu.
COST: 1600RS. FOR TWO PEOPLE.
Its’ surprising that Mumbai being a coastal city doesn’t have many restaurants that allow you to enjoy the sea breeze. But rest at peace. Here is an abode for the sea lovers. For those who want the same view as the Taj at one twentieth the cost, this open air restaurant perched on the rooftop of Strand Hotel is a good no-frills option. With a spectacular view of the Gateway of India against the backdrop of flickering lights and the fishing boats in the Arabian sea, it’s probably the only roof top restaurant in Bombay that doesn’t cost a bomb, is absolutely laid back and in-tune with Bombay’s chilled out attitude.
LOOKOUT FOR:Open air( the gushing sea breeze is sure to rejuvenate you) , reasonably Priced, great food, OPEN ALL AROUND THE CLOCK.
WHERE: Hotel Harbour View, Kerawala Chamber, Opposite Radio Club, 25, J P Ramchandani Marg, Colaba.
COST:2500 FOR TWO PEOPLE.
OPENING HOURS: 24 HOURS!
Mumbai has surprises of similar kinds hidden in its niches , go on and explore them. Eat, Relax and Enjoy the ambiance and food. If you cannot get away for the weekend what better option than to visit these places to unwind yourself . Or simply pause your day and enjoy.