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ICYMI: 7 Restaurants That Have Re-Opened In Mumbai

With social distancing norms, of course

By Isha Mayer  March 18th, 2021

The ongoing pandemic forced some of our favourite restaurants to shut down temporarily last year. Even though they would deliver meals to our doorstep, we can all agree that the experience of going out with your friends and family for a nice dinner just elevates the experience. And some meals are just fit for eating at restaurants. Fortunately, some have re-opened with all the safety measures and social distancing policies in place. Whether you plan to indulge in Asian, Mexican or Indian cuisine, here are six restaurants you can head to when you want a break from home-cooked food.

1. Royal China, Bandra West

You can now go back to enjoying authentic Chinese food at Royal China. Dive into the flavours that merge traditional and contemporary elements into Cantonese cuisine.

Chef’s Recommendations: Truffle Edamame Dumpling, Salt and Pepper Prawns, Chicken with Chilli Oil and Spring Onions, Classic Soft Corn Curd, Silken Tofu with Chilli and Blackbean Sauce, Toffee Banana.

Seafood Dumpling with Ginger and Chilli Oil
Smoked Shredded Chicken
Chicken in Blackbean Sauce 
Lotus Leaf Rice
Royal China Interiors

Price For Two: ₹3,000 approx. (for a non-vegetarian meal) and ₹2,600 approx. (for a vegetarian meal)

2. Poco Loco Tapas And Bar, Khar West

Tacos, burritos and pizzas—has the mere mention of these dishes made you salivate? Then head to Poco Loco to enjoy its Spanish and Mexican cuisine. What makes the experience more fun is its interiors with red brick walls and Sombrero-shaped lights with intricate cane detailing that transport you to Mexico instantly.

Chef’s Recommendations: Mango Gazpacho, Paella Valencia, Rollo De Aguacate, Mushroom Parmesan Croquettes, Gambas Al Ajilo, Enchiladas Gratinadas, Chimichangas.

Price For Two: ₹2000 approx. including alcohol

Rollo De Aguacate
Mango Gazpacho
Paella Valenciana
Mushroom Parmesan Croquettes
Chimichangas 

3. Masala Library by Jiggs Karla, Bandra Kurla Complex 

One of the first Indian restaurants to have introduced molecular gastronomy in its cooking has re-opened. Go ahead and indulge in some lip-smacking Indian meals with a contemporary twist at Masala Library.

Chef’s Recommendations: Dahi Bada (airy lentil bread served sweetened yoghurt foam), Thakkali Thokku Chicken (South Indian tempered chicken cooked in tomato-based gravy, served along with tempered, house-made iddiyappam on top), Braised Lamb Chops, Maple and Kokum Glaze, Ras Malai Tres Leches, Carrot Cream, Rose Petal Net (three layers of rasmalai layered with carrot cream, served with saffron milk on the side, and garnished with a rose petal net).

Price For Two: ₹5,000 plus taxes (for the vegetarian tasting menu) and ₹5,400 plus taxes (for the non-vegetarian tasting menu)

Braised Lamb Chops, Maple and Kokum Glaze 
Dahi Bada
Thakkali Thokku Chicken
Ras Malai Tres Leches, Carrot Cream, Rose Petal Net

4. The Bombay Canteen, Kamala Mills

The true desi in you can savour the classic dishes and cocktails from The Bombay Canteen all over again.

Chef’s Recommendations: Paya Soup Momos, Charred Winter Carrots, Slow Cooked Pork Belly Thukpa, Winter Greens Stir Fry, Madurai Chicken Salna, A-Kela Bread (an ode to 2020’s most popular quarantine dessert), Guava Tan-T-Tan.

Price For Two: ₹1,000 without alcohol and ₹2,000 with alcohol (for lunch) and ₹2,000 without alcohol and ₹3,000 with alcohol (for dinner).

Charred Winter Carrots
Slow-Cooked Pork Belly Thukpa

5. ASILO, Lower Parel 

Missed dinner and drinks with a view of the Mumbai skyline? Well, you can now enjoy it again at one of Mumbai’s popular rooftop bars. Golden Hours at ASILO presents a variety of cocktails and food platters you wouldn’t want to miss.

Chef’s Recommendations: The Veg Robata Platter includes Teriyaki Roasted Potatoes, Barbequed Cottage Cheese, Chargrilled Mixed Vegetable Skewer and Roasted Potatoes with sweet chilli and yoghurt, whereas The Non-Veg Robata Platter includes Spicy Tamarind Prawns, Fish in Black Pepper, Turkish Chicken Seekh Kebab, Kun Pao Chicken Satay, and New Zealand Harrisa Lamb Loin Skewer.

Price For Two: ₹5,000 for two people (approx.) with alcohol

Mix Robata Platter
Smoked Tiger Prawns
Tamrind John Dory
ASILO Main Interiors

6. House of Mandarin, Bandra West and Powai 

Dig deep into Asian cuisine at House of Mandarin’s extensive six-course set menu- The Mandarin Spread.

Chef’s Recommendations: The Mandarin Spread featuring a soup, dim sums, appetisers, mains, rice and noodles, and a dessert.

Price For Two: ₹2,200 approx.

Kung Pao Potatoes
Turnip Cake with Burnt Garlic and Scallions
Sticky Toffee Pudding
House of Mandarin Interiors 

7. Smoke House Deli, Pali Hill, BKC, Lower Parel and Kemp’s Corner

Love European meals? Then head to Smoke House Deli. The café’s new version, which is called SHD 2.0, is an amalgamation of artfully curated interiors and thoughtfully crafted food. A highlight of Smoke House Deli’s evolution is the all-new Goodness to Go section – a station where patrons can step in to grab fresh and quick meals, healthy shakes and smoothies, salads and sandwiches, cold-pressed juices, and more.

Chef’s Recommendations: House Spaghetti Carbonara, Black Forest French Toast, Smoke House Deli Asian BBQ Chicken, Flourless Chocolate Fudge, Smoke House Deli BBQ Pulled Pork Burger.

Price For Two: ₹2000 approx.

Smoke House Deli Asian BBQ Chicken
Smoke House Deli BBQ Pulled Pork Burger
Black Forest French Toast 
House Spaghetti Carbonara
Flourless Chocolate Fudge