Whether you want to beat the heat with a chilled glass of beer at a brewery, indulge in numerous platters of sushi while sipping on sake with your squad, binge on tacos among earthy interiors on a dinner date, or enjoy some hand-rolled pasta with your family over the weekend, here are the new restaurants to head to and new menus to try out. Besides the delicious food offered in all, it’s also the ambiance and vibes that play a huge role in elevating your dining experience. So go ahead and bookmark them.
1. SAZ American Brasserie, Jio World Drive, BKC
After the launch of SAZ Cafe in Lower Parel, Pass Code Hospitality brings its all-new SAZ American Brasserie to the city’s luxury mall. While you can indulge in their fresh salads and binge-worthy small plates, you cannot leave this place without having some hand-rolled pasta and fresh-outta-the-oven pizzas (must-try options for sure). Steak fans must try the beautifully cooked Tenderloin Steak Board. What’s more? Some quirky cocktails that pair well with your dishes. Our favourite is their signature drink, SAZ G&T. And while you sip on your drink, do take some time to appreciate the chic, Instagram-worthy interiors of the place. End your meal on a sweet note with indulgent dessert options such as White Chocolate and Sambuca Foam, Tiramisu, or the SAZ Brookie.
Price: INR 1,700 (without alcohol), INR 3,000 (with alcohol)
2. Binge, Khar West
An extension of one of Bollywood’s favourite hang-out spots, Bastian, Binge brings flavours from the world to Mumbai in a relaxed space featuring macrame and tassels on the decor, and umbrellas al fresco. In terms of food, there’s a lot that is binge-worthy. Fancy tacos? Binge offers delicious picks such as Baja Cauliflower or Fish, Jackfruit Tinga, Mixed Mushroom Taco, and Birria Lamb. Other small plates include Chicken Karaage (sliced crispy marinated butterfly breast of chicken served on a bed of Asian dressed salad leaves), Croquettes with Edamame Truffle, Serrano Ham, and Salmon Rolls, among others. With Bastian being a hit for its seafood preparations, Binge also takes a cue from it. Pescatarians can opt for the Crab Ceviche, Tostada Bowl or Guerrero Prawn Cocktail. And let’s not forget the indulgent desserts. Classics get a contemporary upgrade–the Crème Brûlée, Stuffed Donuts and Tres Leches are comforting picks to end your meal on a sweet note.
Price: INR 1,500++ (for two)
3. Fresh Catch, Khar West
One of the iconic restaurants in Mumbai, Fresh Catch was founded by Francis Fernandes in 1998 in the bylanes of Mahim. The seafood restaurant was known for its fresh produce that was personally handpicked at the docks that very morning. Following Francis’s demise in May 2020, his children Ankita and Adith Fernandes take the legacy ahead and give Fresh Catch a new address. Seafood lovers can head here to savour the lip-smacking seafood meals in Karwar flavours. Your favourites such as Pomfret Rechado and Harabhara, Prawns KurKuri Golden Fried, Crispy Bombil Tawa Fry, and many more, await you.
Price: INR 1,000 (for two)
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4. Sushi And Sake Festival At Kyma, BKC
Get ready for an umami-loaded flavour fest on your taste buds! Kyma’s sushi and sake festival has begun and it’s all set to serve you with some curated hand-rolled sushi and sake pairings. You can also customise your Sushi Boats as per your preference with new additions such as Vegetable Rainbow Roll, Crispy Quinoa Edamame Dragon Roll, Espresso Salmon, among others. And that’s not all. The festival also has a Japanese art counter where you can get your name written in Japanese, a cherry blossom tree where one can tie their wishes and other such activities that make you feel like you’re in Japan.
5. The Most Epic Brunch Ever At 145 The Mill, Lower Parel
Although 145 is a place you head to in the evenings to unwind or party with your friends, the cafe and bar has launched a special Sunday brunch menu. Gorge on the specially curated meals with some live music, a chocolate fountain to dunk your waffles in, and even a live crepe station making sweet and savoury crepes for you. Taco lovers must try the Chipotle chicken or Refried bean tacos. The chef’s recommendations include Tomato ragut & burrata gnocchi (a slow-roast tomato ragout, potato gnocchi drizzled with basil oil and dusted with parmesan) and Spicy Salmon Tartare (a deconstructed sushi served with a soy gel, seasoned sushi rice wasabi rocket and toasted sesame). You can’t leave 145 The Mill without trying their cocktails but for us, the clear winner is the Yuzu Sour, the perfect refreshing drink for the day.
Available every Sunday from 12:00-4:00 pm
6. Burma Burma
Relish authentic Burmese flavours with Burma Burma’s latest menu. Chef Ansab takes it up a notch higher and experiments with new ingredients like jackfruit, banana flower, nokeh (homemade burmese cheese), stone flower, hemp seeds etc to bring freshness to the table. The new menu features Taro Shells with Spiced Black Beans, Pyajo Kari, Spiced Jack Meat Balls amongst others, along with some vegan and gluten free options. But as per the chef, the Broccoli and Nokeh (Homemade Burmese cheese) is highly recommended.
Price: INR 380-1,500
7. The Sahib Room & Kipling Bar, The St. Regis Mumbai, Lower Parel
There’s nothing more wholesome and comforting than a good old traditional Indian meal. And you can explore the flavours of authentic Indian delicacies from the new menu created by Chef Taj at Sahib Room & Kipling Bar. Choose from some of the chef’s signature dishes like Kache Kele Ki Karari Tikki, Bhune Til Aur Zimikand Ki Shammi, Murgh Banno Kebab, Hare Tamater Ka Paneer, Shalgam Gosht, Dum Ki Dal, Shalgam Gosht, Mutton Galouti, Dakshini Jhinga, Sarson Ka Saag, and more. You must indulge in some traditional Indian desserts such as Gehun Ka Sheera, Malai Kulfi and Gulkand Aur Singhade Ki Kheer. Sounds yum, right?
8. New Additions at BlueBop Cafe, Khar West
One often flocks to BlueBop Cafe for its inventive Neapolitan pizzas, hand-made pasta and burgers. Now, the menu gets an upgrade with new introductions across Mexican and Italian cuisine. Take your pick from burrito bowls like Peri peri cottage cheese, Chipotle chicken or Pulled pork. If you’ve been dying to grab some good sizzlers, BlueBop Cafe fulfills your wish with an array of options. Vegans can enjoy the special vegan Margherita pizza without FOMOing. And those who like to indulge in large meals can choose from black pepper mushroom curry with herb rice, spinach riso with creamy paprika, pesto gnocchi, jerk spiced fish curry & chicken parmigiana.
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9. Common House
If you’re heading to Karjat anytime soon, the heat will certainly drain you. But you know what’s the best way to beat the heat? A chilled glass of beer! Say hello to the new brewery in town Common House, perched on the lush Oleander Farms, just next to Saltt. Freshly brewed craft beers such as a Mild Smoked Lager (our personal favourite), Belgian Wit, Hefeweizen and more will help you quench your thirst this summer. Your drink can be paired with delectable food such as Fish & Chips, Butter Garlic King Prawns, Middle Eastern dishes like Sambousek Lamb and Soya Meshwi, among others. The Beeramisu (house beer-soaked Savoiardi with mascarpone and coffee dust) is a must-try dessert here. What’s more? Interactive games (read giant Jenga) and live gigs to keep you and your friends entertained. Without a doubt, it’s a great hangout spot!
Price: INR 2,500 approx. (for two)
10. Elephant & Co., Anjuna
After going strong for six years in Pune, Elephant & Co. makes its way to a new state with its easy-going, chilled-out vibe. So if you’re going to Goa soon, this is a place to add to your itinerary. Take your pick from fascinating drinks such as ECO in Goa (gin, grapefruit and tonic), Elephant Sour (a take on New York Sour with gin, citrus and Parmesan cheese), and Feni-groni (a creative twist on the classic Negroni). The menu offers multiple cuisines–yup, you’re spoilt for choice with dishes ranging from Lemongrass and honey pork skewers, Ghee roast tacos, Mediterranean charred zucchini and cauliflower risotto to Red curry prawn dumpling, and Indonesian clams with sambal and mint.
Price: INR 1,200 approx. (for two)
11. Mama Miso
Indulge in some quality time over scrumptious Pan-Asian meals surrounded by pastel interiors, overlooking an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs at work. Unlike a typical dimly lit Asian restaurant, Mama Miso is a breath of fresh air with its vibrant space and chilled-out vibe. What you can binge on? All the Pan-Asian classics such as sushi platter, dim sums, crispy lotus stem, tempura prawns and miso grilled vegetables. Opt for their Japanese beers or sake or some house-special cocktails to pair with your meal.
Address: Arossim Beach Road, Cansaulim, Goa.
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12. Nineteen78, Select CITYWALK
Who said a fine-dining experience can’t be elegant and relaxed? The 48-seater multi-cuisine restaurant proves otherwise and presents a delectable mix of European, Asian and Coastal cuisines from Vietnam and Sri Lanka, in a modern experimental fare. From Caesar and Fattoush salads with a twist to Chicken in spinach sauce with Orzo salad and grilled vegetables; from Sweet and spicy Hong Kong ginger fish to Caramelised dry Vietnamese chicken, and prawn linguini, Sliced lamb in hoisin sauce, there are several finger-licking options to choose from. Raspberry pie with vanilla ice cream, apple crumble and ice cream, Chocolate devil cake, and many more make up the dessert menu. We’re salivating already!
13. Nomimono, Epicuria, Nehru Place
Here’s more proof that Japanese cuisine is only gaining momentum in India. Nomimono is the latest Japanese restaurant to enter the city. Besides Nomimono’s Instagrammable interiors, the food will satisfy every Japanese food lover’s soul. Lotus Stem, Tempura Shroom Boa, Betel Leaf Chicken, Egg & Shrimp Fried Rice, Massaman Curry, and Kataifi Prawns Wonton are some of the yummy dishes served here. And of course, there’s also an interesting cocktail menu featuring drinks such as Suki Suki, Tokyo Drift, Sadako Sasaki, among others for you to try.
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14. Sashay, Whitefeild
This fresh-on-the-block taproom aims to revive and celebrate the old Bangalore charm with its retro aesthetic. Their diverse menu boasts eclectic food options which are inspired by global cuisine, ranging from an array of sushi, sashimi, pasta and pizzas. Although the taproom boasts 12 beers on tap and an in-house selection of craft gins, it’s the cocktail menu with classic cocktails that’s a specialty here. Whether you want to hang out with friends post-work or go for a family outing, Sashay is the perfect place to unwind and catch up on conversations over some good food and drinks.
Price: INR 1,500 approx. (for two)
15. Meter Bar, Vega City Mall, Bannerghatta Road
Say hello to India’s first bar with a metered-drinking concept. Intrigued? Here’s how it works–you are billed based on the time you spend at Meter Bar and not the number of drinks consumed. Once you walk in and place an order for a drink, a device connected to the Meter Bar Software starts timing you. The meter starts only once the drink has been served. If the customer wants to repeat a drink, the meter can be paused. The meter display will be a replica of an auto meter which will change based on the time spent at the bar. The meter starts with a base price for a drink which stays for an initial time period and then increases by a certain amount after set intervals. Different drinks have different meter rates. Now this is a fun way of enjoying a drink, isn’t it?
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Missed the new restaurants that launched last month? Don’t worry, just refer to this list here.