At Mumbai’s favourite local seafood place, everything is always fresh. Loyalists swear by the Tandoori Pomfret and Prawns Karawadi There is a bit of edge to the curries, sometimes muted by the addition of coconut milk, so check before you order. If you really can’t decide, there is also Chinese food on the menu.
Insider Tip: Have the north Indian breads like roti and naan by all means. But you must not miss the soft neer dosa (a light crepe made with rice batter).
Although Shiro calls itself a Restobar, it has always been known more for the quality of its drinks and its striking Asian decor than its food. However, Shiro works just as well as an Oriental restaurant. The high ceilings, plush seating and muted lighting come well together to create a totally laid-back atmosphere. Before that, prepare to gape in awe at the tall Buddha statue just as you enter Shiro.
Insider Tip: If you are nostalgic for music from the 1970s and 80s, go on a Friday night, when retro rules.
They take their food very seriously at this beachfront restaurant serving vegetarian Gujarati cuisine. Go for the generous thali platters with numerous cups containing dal (lentils), vegetables, curries, chutney, pickles and savoury items. Gujarati food is known for being mild, sometimes to the verge of being sweet, so don’t worry about your palate catching fire as is possible sometimes with Indian fare. Dip your roti into any of the dishes and remember to eat with your fingers. Licking is allowed.
Insider Tip: If the thali sounds daunting, try the chaat (savoury snacks) from the a la carte menu; it is delicious street food without the street.
Sundays have never been the same since Olive Bar and Kitchen emerged on the scene with brunch that is on till 4pm. The Olive brunch is also proof of the fact that food tastes better al fresco. They celebrate Thursdays with their TGIT (Thank God It’s Thursday) Bar Nights. The food and the feel here is decidedly Mediterranean and lull you into thinking that all is well with the world.
Insider Tip: At brunch, go easy on the main courses and focus on the watermelon martinis and the fabulous desserts instead.
It’s a Mumbai classic that’s “getting better with age”, according to its own admission. Leopold gained fame in recent years by being featured in Gregory David Robert’s best-selling novel Shantaram, based on his life in Mumbai. Sit alone with a coffee by the window and watch the world go by, or round up your friends for a drinking binge: Leopold does not disappoint.
Insider Tip: If you nurture secret dreams of appearing in a Bollywood movie, be aware that Leopold Cafe is popular with scouts.