Hot address: PDT in Mumbai
Come here for a drink…but don’t tell anyone
Go back in time to Prohibition – where alcohol was taboo and public drinking, risqué – and that’s what PDT feels like. Modelled after speakeasies in the US and Europe, Mumbai’s newest entrant on the culinary scene serves up super-cool drinks in an allegedly super-secret atmosphere.
We say allegedly, because unlike other speakeasies, you don’t need a password to enter - in fact, you can even call ahead and make a reservation. So while it seems to borrow elements of a speakeasy in terms of decor, PDT is in fact accessible to all. However you do need to dial in from the red phone booth at the entrance to be able to to get in. Or, if you're a member of the Prohibition Club (for Rs 2,000 a month), you can just scan your fingerprint.
Enter to discover a space where walls are swapped with steely grey shutters to give the feeling of a space that’s defunct. There are also murals of women with fingers on their lips, adding to the clandestine feel of the place. Sip on a Covert Cuban or a Furtive Mexican and try their selection of yummy treats – Middle-East Conspiracy (read, a mezze platter), Masked Madrasi (sambhar risotto), and Secret Breakfast (featuring an unusual combination of cornflakes and paneer).
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