This month’s edition of new restaurant openings feature an eclectic mix of cuisines. From flavourful Asian meals to interesting fusion dishes and healthy gourmet food, bookmark the new restaurants for your next night out in your city.
1. Kyma, BKC (Mumbai)
Can’t choose between Mediterranean and Asian? Then don’t; head to BKC’s latest culinary spot that offers both. Dig into the Cantonese style Chili Chicken or a punchy Wasabi Waterchestnut Edamame. Sushi lovers can head to the live sushi counter to watch the chefs work right in front of you! Try the chef’s selection of Kunafa-wrapped prawns, the signature Kyma Cherry Wood Smoke Cream Cheese Hummus (with a caramel pistachio) and the four Cheese & Zatar Pide from the Mediterranean cuisine. And end your meal on a sweet note with the Classic Baklava or the Lemongrass Crème Brûlée. Sounds yum, right?
Price: INR 1,000 for two (approx.) without alcohol
2. Ammata, Andheri West (Mumbai)
The name means ‘beloved’ in Spanish. Head to Ammata if the term ‘experimental foodie’ describes you the best. Serving a fusion of European and Indian, some of the innovative offerings include Sriracha hummus kulcha hors d’oeuvre in an open taco form, the Haleem Boreks (a 12-hour slow cooked Hyderabadi lamb with broken wheat and lentils, spiced with rose, cinnamon, and cloves in a dumpling with vegetable charcoal aioli and pickled radish), and the Ashtray dessert (featuring edible cigarettes packed with chocolate ganache and hidden beneath a Bailey Pannacota bed of Oreo cookie crumble topped with silver dust)–this one has us going in for seconds.
Price: INR 1400 for two without alcohol
3. Kunafa World, Bandra (Mumbai)
Say hello to the new cafe dedicated to the light, warm and comforting Kunafa–a dessert made of fine semolina dough, soaked in the sweetness of a sugar and saffron syrup, layered with cream, cheese and nuts. Kunafa World offers 15+ variants of the Middle-Eastern dessert. Take your pick from Classic Fererro Rocher, Assorted Mini, Classic Lotus Biscoff, Crunchy Baked Nutty Kunafa, and more.
Contact: +91 7304605186
Price: INR 800 approx. for two
4. Hard Rock Cafe (Navi Mumbai)
Missed jamming to YMCA at one of the OG rock cafes? Mumbai folks can now enjoy a night of rock as Hard Rock Cafe launches its new outpost. Enjoy the cafe’s classic American meals such as the Legendary Steak Burger and The Big Cheeseburger, One Night in Bangkok Shrimp, Wings, Classic Nachos, among others. For Indian cuisine lovers, chef Cyrus Irani has created a local-inspired fusion menu, which features Hawaiian Vegetarian Skewers, Tandoori Chicken Sliders, and Jalapeno flavoured Dyna Bites–we’re salivating already!
Price: INR 1,500 for two (with alcohol)
5. B Cuisines & Cocktail (Mumbai)
Here’s a place that promises a major throwback to the ’90s lounge culture. B Cuisines & Cocktails is defined by its music spanning easy ‘90s rock to new-age African beats and old school hip hop–we’re ready to get in the groove! There are multiple offerings from the drinks menu but you must try the cocktails such as the gin-based Wrong Turn or whiskey-based Cari Fumo Secco. Pair them with small plates like Ghee Roast Chicken/Paneer served as a Khari Bruschetta or Lamb Seekh/Hara Bhara Kababs on soft-shell Thepla Tacos, and you’re good to go. No bar is complete without a great selfie spot, and our favourite is the artsy frame showcasing Van Gogh and Frieda Kahlo raising a toast. We think it makes for a great Insta snap.
6. Ekaa (Mumbai)
Not restricting itself to a cuisine but borrowing inspiration from various ingredients, Ekaa’s unique concept is an interesting one to watch out for. There’s something for everyone. The restaurant offers 3 different experiential menus–a Tapas Menu paired with the Bar Menu (including some must-try cocktails), an A la Carte menu and a 10-course Chef’s Special Menu featuring fine ingredients from the country. Ekaa is the place to be for a nostalgic, flavourful and wholesome dining experience.
Price: INR 1,200 (without alcohol) and INR 1,800 (with alcohol)
Contact: 9987657989 / 022 40022744
7. Raeeth, Vagator (Goa)
Spending the holiday season in Goa this year? Here’a new place to binge on good food and refreshing cocktails. Raeeth (meaning rejuvenation) creates a luxe yet leisurely vibe with great food and drinks. If you’re a wine lover, you’re in for a treat as the lounge offers a wide selection for you to choose from. Raeeth’s menu is bold, and varies from Mediterranean to grills and wood fire pizzas. The must-try dishes include Narangi Kofta Curry, Vegetable Xacuti, Mushroom Poi Toast, Habanero Chicken Roulade, The Emperor’s C hicken Rikka, Tiger Prawns and Salmon Crispy Wontons.
Price: INR 1,500 for two (without alcohol)
8. Lotus Oriental At The Leela Bhartiya City (Bengaluru)
This is an authentic dining experience with an outdoor seating adjacent to the infinity pool, overlooking the lush greenery of Central Park in Bhartiya City. The Lotus Oriental restaurant brings home flavours from across Asia. Choose from the Classic Som Tam, the restaurant’s special Pomello salad, Bangkok Street Style Phad Thai, Beijing Bento serving Seitan Gung Pao (a plant-based soya protein) and varieties of dim sums, Asian charcoal grills, sushi and sashimi, for a memorable experience. What’s not to love?
9. Bhola & Blonde, Indiranagar (Bengaluru)
The city’s happening area gets a new Bollywood-themed restaurant. The Sufi music and old Bollywood hits along with live performances from this genre set the mood as soon as you enter. The food is a contemporary version of traditional Indian cuisine. With cocktails such as Banaras ki Swaad, The Graceful Mohiniyattam from Kerala, and The Vibrant Delhi Street representing Indian history to dishes like Paneer Tikka Bruschetta, Lucknowi Galouti kabab and Konkani Prawns, this restaurant is perfect for the true desi at heart!
Price: INR 1,500
Contact: 9513440101 / 9879276558
10. Tokarii (Gurugram)
On the hunt for healthy meals? Bookmark this new cloud kitchen that encourages mindful eating. Serving savoury and sweet sliders, sandwiches and more, Tokarii brings appetising dishes made from fresh ingredients to your doorstep. The delivery kitchen is sustainable in every process–right from the planting techniques that reduce carbon footprint and water consumption to the plastic-free packaging initiative, they are on the right track.
11. Louis Burger (New Delhi)
Bite into succulent burgers at Louis Burger’s new outpost. Our recommendations include the Smash Lamb Cheese Burger and Monster Cheeseburger. And if you’re into vegan, don’t worry, this restaurant has you covered. The menu includes the delectable option of Vegan Gratitude Burger with a mix of beets, beans, sweet potatoes, and more.
Price: INR 300 + taxes approx.
Contact: 8860948423 / 8273426351
12. Third Wave Coffee (New Delhi)
There’s a new cafe in the capital city for coffee connoisseurs. With cosy interiors and a strong aroma of arabica coffee beans, Third Wave Coffee invites you to get a taste of its freshly brewed coffee and thoughtfully curated menu of savoury and sweet food products–just the warm place you need for those chilly winter days.
For more details, you can visit www.thirdwavecoffeeroasters.
13. Seafood Trail At SaffronStays Villas (Alibaug)
Do you also salivate at the mere thought of flavourful seafood? Then here’s your cue to bookmark the Alibaug Seafood Trail at SaffronStays Villas. Relish a Konkan seafood meal in a setting just like home but with a splendid picturesque view. Begin your meal with local crunchy tawa fried fish in King Fish (Surmai), Pomfret and Prawns, or opt for continental fare like Surmai in lemon butter sauce and Steamed Pomfret with coriander. Head straight into one of the Seafood Thalis served with refreshing Sol Kadi, if you’re seeking a hearty meal. Other meat and vegetarian thalis are also available.
Available till December 31
Price: On request