Mumbai for the foodie

9 unique restaurants of Mumbai

The City of Dreams is indeed a dream come true for foodies. From themed restaurants to quirky cafes, and eclectic eateries ruling the city’s culinary scene, Mumbai hits the right note with every epicurean. A melting pot of cultures and communities, dining in India’s biggest city is no less than a joyride. We dig into the nooks and crannies of Mumbai and share with you some unique food destinations.

Here are our 9 favorite restaurants in Mumbai city for each known for their extraordinary dining experiences.

Ab Celestial, Bandra Reclamation

The city’s first ever floating restaurant, Ab Celestial has surely taken the restaurant scene of Mumbai a notch above. Stationed on an all-American three-tiered yacht, the place is replete with marine-themed décor and upholstery. You can opt for the indoor cabin-style seating or the open-air deck seating. Either way, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the Reclamation and the surrounding skyline of South Mumbai.

Why we love it: The panoramic view of the sea, the marine-themed cocktails

Bombay Brasserie, Worli

Like the rest of the world, the fascination for French culture did not spare Mumbai too! The eateries of the millennium don’t miss a touch of la Français here and there, for a feel-good factor. Bombay Brasserie is no exception to this practice. Only that, its menu is truly French inspired with a desi flavor. As much as the ambiance speaks of an uber-chic French brasserie, the dishes and the interiors are equally Instagram worthy.

Why we love it: Alfresco seating, drinks in cute quarter (pahua) bottles

Arth, Khar

Or translated as ‘essence’ or ‘meaning’, this swanky place in the elite Mumbai suburbs speaks class. The highlight of this upscale, contemporary restaurant is that it is designed by superstar Shahrukh Khan’s interior designer wife Gauri Khan. Integrated with a no-gas kitchen make this newly launched restaurant an entirely unique experience.

Why we love it: Subtle and sleek interiors, contemporary plating ideas

Kode, Lower Parel

Yet another creative culinary outlet from the house of Zorawar Kalra, the name, and the brain behind Masala Library and Masala Bar. Kode follows suit of its predecessors with an eclectic fusion cuisine and plating that is no less than a visual treat. Be prepared to treat your palate with flavors you would have never experienced before. And all of it on the same platter. With luxurious ambiance and a menu finer than ‘fine dining’, Kode undoubtedly ups the ante of modern Indian cuisine.

Why we love it: The incredible cocktails that come with their own appetizers and desserts

Fish & Bait, BKC

Did you always want to sail the seven seas but never had a chance? So what if you couldn’t. Now, you can enjoy the treasures of all the seas around the world right here in Mumbai. At Fish & Bait, you can indulge in fresh seafood from all around the world! The sleek, state-of-the-art décor with a touch of aquamarine blue is not quite the giveaway for its theme. But, the menu definitely does the trick. With both classic and contemporary recipes to tantalize your soul, you can sit tight and let your taste-buds do a world tour.

Why we love it: Fresh seafood, authentic recipes, global flavors

Slink & Bardot, Worli

With an elaborate colonial past, it was quite justified that Mumbai should have its own French restaurant. And that has finally happened with Slink & Bardot. An initiative of a French-Canadian duo, this dainty little restaurant in the heart of the town is as authentic as it gets. Don’t forget to try croquet, tartines, and the show-stopping duck in orange jus.

Why we love it: The picture-perfect plating, coastal French décor and the immersing Jazz playlist

Pair a Dice, Andheri (W)

When luxurious dining is not your calling, and you need something interactive while you dine, go to Pair A Dice. A café with endless indoor games options, you will no longer want to stay stuck to your phone while you eat. They even have a daily pass so you can stick around for the day and play on while you enjoy their casual chow-down.

Why we love it: The freak shakes, interesting board games.

Poush

When we say Mumbai serves every cuisine from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, we mean it for real and Poush is a proof. A small but cozy restaurant serving authentic Kashmiri food, Poush is indeed a comfort to your soul. Set up with house-boat and shikara seatings, this ethnic Kashmiri diner is perfect for a romantic evening or a special dinner.

Why we love it: The traditional Wazwan served with lilting Kashmiri tunes in the background

Mirchi & Mime

When your maître’d and the service team just know what you want for dinner without speaking a word, believe that you are in the best hands. The first ever restaurant in India to be served by speech and hearing impaired staff, Mirchi & Mime takes dining experience to a whole new dimension. Indulge in exquisitely prepared Indian cuisine with a generous dose of friendly and always smiling staff.

Why we love it: Flavorful Indian recipes, courteous and efficient service